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Cheaper build quality than I was expecting for the price
on 28 October 2013
Firstly, I'm never going to be suckered into handing over my hard-earned cash for those gold-plated, monsteriffic, magic cables that go for tens of pounds each. I only buy cheap HDMI cables.
I bought 3 of these 4m cables to tidy up my 'TV corner' where I have a 47" LCD TV mounted up on a fully articulating wall bracket. When I first connected it all up, the LG Blu-Ray player wouldn't play anything into the LG 3D TV. Not even the player's menu! The LG logo would come up on the screen, followed by some 'static' and then a blank screen with a message to the effect 'Not a valid pitcure mode' or something like that. Then, LOUD flatulent sounds came out of the TV speakers - even with no content playing. The other sources all worked OK - Humax FoxSat box (1080i output) and an Xbox 360. I swapped the dodgy cable for one of the others and now all 3 devices work fine. All I can think is that these cables are so cheaply made and this one particular cable brought the signal too close to edge of the 'digital cliff' (look that up on Wikipedia) for this one, almost new combo of TV/Blu-Ray player to make sense of the HDMI signal. Remember, in HDMI the audio and video data is all chopped up and multiplexed onto several pairs of cables.
I suspect that the screening/shielding on these cables isn't up to snuff, or just that it was made with too-small a geometry to allow very high speed digital signals to pass without significant losses. These are very skinny cables, compared to other cheapo, off-brand ones that I've had from Amazon before. I got my setup working without having to send the suspect cable back for replacement, but how close to 'not working' is it? I'd recommend buying something a bit beefier. Obviously the longer your cable run, the worse the signal degradation is going to be.