Never had a defective HDMI cable before.. First for everything I guess?,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: GTMax Premium High Speed Gold Plated HDMI to HDMI Flat Cable 1080p, PS3, Blu-Ray DVD, Xbox 360 W/Nylon Sleeve - ( 25 Feet, Black/Blue ) (Electronics)
Purchased this in conjunction with my new Optoma GT750e GameTime projector (Go Amazon Visa Rewards points!!!). Received everything last week.
First thing I did was to connect the projector to my desktop computer. The Optoma searched, and searched, and searched for an input signal without success. Thinking it might be the projector, I tried a different HDMI input (it has 2), no luck. So now I started thinking it was my computer and/or video card. I started troubleshooting within the nVidia control panel. Different resolutions, refresh rates, color depths, etc. etc..
In all my years of dealing with technology in general, cables tend NOT to be the issue. Afterall, what are the odds that between a projector, and a desktop computer, the component that has 0 moving parts, circuit boards, power requirements, and software actually be the culprit?
Well, lesson learned. After troubleshooting every other possible option, I swapped it out for a shorter HDMI cable I had lying around. Voila, projector fired up instantly. Just to make sure, I used the GTMax again... voila... no input signal detected.
I actually did get it working at one point, but it was after a fair amount of jiggling. Not sure if there's some sort of defect in the connector, but unless it was held in manually at a specific angle, it just did not work.
I just never thought to replace the cable first. I've used some pretty crappy cables in just about every context, and I don't ever recall one (used or new) just not working. Especially more confusing that it does work with a lot of effort.
Also, a note regarding the flat cable. I purchased this 15 footer with the flat sleeving specifcially for use with my projector. I only plan on taking out the projector in a coffee-table setup occasionally, so I needed a cable that was malleable enough to just throw on the ground and hook up to my receiver when needed and not get all coily and weird everytime I had to wrap it back up after use. Well, despite it's flat sleeving, this cable is hardly flexible. If anything, the rectangular shape of the cord makes it more rigid then your regular circular cord. For instance, for my use case, I will need to wrap up the hdmi cable after I'm done using the projector and pack it back up. Since it's flat and rigid, the ONLY way this thing will pack up is if it's very carefully (and extremely tediously) coiled back up perfectly into a spiral, kind of like a fruit roll-up. One slip, and the whole thing busts apart, and you have to start over. Compared to a normal round cord, where you can just wrap up without having to line up the edges perfectly. I know this is probably specific to my needs, and not most people, but still worth noting.
I have flat cat6 cables that behave more like ribbons. Very flexible and workable. I thought these would be the same, but the thickness of the flat cable coupled with the rigidity of the nylon casing makes this way too dense for that purpose. I guess it could be used to run under flooring, like carpet, or if you had to run it along a wall around corners, but that's assuming it actually worked.
I'll probably just go with a "normal" round cable for my use.
GTMax Premium High Speed Gold Plated HDMI to HDMI Flat Cable 1080p, PS3, Blu-Ray DVD, Xbox 360 W/Nylon Sleeve - ( 25 Feet, Black/Blue )(7 customer reviews)
Out of stock