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5.0 out of 5 stars Will connect any two devices over HDMI and deliver the signal, error-free, July 9, 2009
This review is from: Premium HDMI-HDMI Cable,1 meter 3 feet (Electronics)
[Anyone remembers the old "I am not going to spend a lot for this muffler" commercial?]

The 3 ft. is my favorite length to connect any electronics that happen to be very close to each other.

Just in case someone may feel guilty for not paying a lot more for a premium brand, it should be stated that at this length - 3 ft., you will get as good a service from a no-brand cable as you would from a super-expensive rip-off. An HDMI 1.3 cable should be able to carry, error free, all the signal your electronic equipment may put out.

The FUD campaign attempting to attract buyers toward the more expensive brands makes a series of claims. I will address them, as they may apply to this specific cable.

- Signal attenuation is less over a more expensive cable. - TRUE, BUT that's irrelevant on a 3 ft. length. The HDMI consortium stated that even the cables that were not 'certified' as 'Category 2' or 'High-Speed' will meet the requirements at lengths of 6 ft. or less. At 3 ft., it would be a waste to consider an 'expensive' alternative. In addition, the newer devices have sufficient processing power and are sensitive enough to properly interpret even the more ambiguous 'digits' they receive.

- The expensive cables are better engineered and their contacts are less likely to break. - TRUE, BUT how many times is one going to plug an HDMI cable in and out of an HDMI socket over the cable's lifetime? 5 times? 10 times? The 'better engineered' claim has no practical importance. If your cable works on 'day one' the odds are that it will be left in the back of your box for many month or years before it is unplugged and plugged back in. If this cable is purchased for home use, the 'better engineered' claim should not be of a major concern.

- The more expensive cables are 'future proof'. - NOT TRUE. Claims are made that, if you buy the more expensive wires you won't have to buy new ones when 'new standards' emerge because the more expensive wire will support them. This is untrue on 2 different levels. First, your cheap cable was purchased to work with some very specific devices which need HDMI 1.3 and will never support the 'new standard'. The new standards will be supported by new electronic devices but, for as long as you keep the existing ones, you will still need this cable to connect them. Second, the emerging HDMI 1.4 specs call for physically different connectors so, no matter how large a bandwidth the existing expensive cables may support, it won't matter because you still won't able to plug them into an HDMI 1.4 port so... there go your $5 or... there go your $200, depending on your having purchased a 'cheap' or a 'top of the line' HDMI cable.

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Here are the HDMI 1.3 specs supported by both this cable and its more expensive alternatives.

Maximum signal bandwidth (MHz) 340
Maximum TMDS bandwidth (Gbit/s) 10.2
Maximum video bandwidth (Gbit/s) 8.16
Maximum audio bandwidth (Mbit/s) 36.86
Maximum Color Depth (bit/px) 48

Maximum resolution over single link at 24-bit/px 2560×1600p75
Maximum resolution over single link at 30-bit/px 2560×1600p60
Maximum resolution over single link at 36-bit/px 1920x1200p75
Maximum resolution over single link at 48-bit/px 1920×1200p60

sRGB
YCbCr
8 channel LPCM/192 kHz/24-bit audio capability
Blu-ray Disc video and audio at full resolution
Consumer Electronic Control (CEC)
DVD-Audio support
Super Audio CD (DSD) support
Deep Color
xvYCC
Auto lip-sync
Dolby TrueHD bitstream capable
DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream capable
Updated list of CEC commands (only on HDMI 1.3a,b,c)
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My personal experience: I've never paid 'a lot' for an HDMI cable because it makes no sense to pay more. I took home one of the 'expensive' ones once because the salesman promised to take it back if I wasn't amazed by the difference. It made zero difference and I returned it.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2009 7:30:23 AM PST
denny says:
In the description it says this product has up to 5 Gbps transfer rate and not the 10 Gbps transfer rate that the HDMI 1.3 supports. Also it does not say in the description that this 3 foot cable is 1.3 compliant, category 2. Did it say this on the packaging itself that you got?

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 4:45:30 PM PDT
philip green says:
REAL TALK!

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 9:26:00 PM PDT
Glen - CO says:
Recognizing that this review was written nearly 3 years ago, I thought it might be useful to correct one item in error or it has been updated. The OP stated "..the emerging HDMI 1.4 specs call for physically different connectors so, no matter how large a bandwidth the existing expensive cables may support, it won't matter because you still won't able to plug them into an HDMI 1.4 port ..."

This is not accurate -- According to the HDMI dot org website (they are the folks that approve the use of the HDMI logo and develop specifications on HDMI for worldwide utilization) the 1.4 connector is no different than earlier versions. Their Q&A sections states that 1.4 is fully backward compatible with earlier versions. Therefore the connectors MUST be the same. Within the cable itself, there are differences, but not at the connector. Using a cable rated as 1.4 on a 1.2 or 1.3 product should plug in and work fine. There are some different connectors in this 1.4 and 1.4a specification that are intended for interfaces with portable items, like cell phones, digital camera's, etc. Also an automotive spec for a different sized connector has been approved. (Note that the folks at HDMI dot org, do not like the use of versions. They insist (prefer) that the function be used. Such as high speed vs 'normal'. With ethernet vs 'no-ethernet'. Audio return vs 'no-audio return'. And a number of other things.
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