HDMI Cables

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Do you need any special type of HDMI cable to connect from a High definition Digital Satellite Receiver to the TV? or is a stock standard one ok
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 06:12

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 06:12
Stock standard is fine, save your money.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:57

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:57
Yeap have to agree....... the more expensive a cable the better the picture BUT whether it would be noticeable to the average user is debatable...... I doubt you would notice the difference but if you did spend $100 on a new HDMI cable it would make you feel better.

Most better brand TV's are not going to supply a cable that is sub standard whereby the picture is compromised to a point of being noticeable.

Full on high end movie theater may be a different story....... if you are going to spend $25 grand +++ whats another few $$$ fora cable.

The cost of cheap to quality cables at a wholesale manufacturing level would be minimal.......
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:38

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:38
Hi cobber

The sort answer is no, but the better the quality of cable you use, the better picture you will get.

Better cables use gold, better cable, no oxygen in the cabling, etc more involved than you think. All products come with cheap cable to get you by and an upgrade is advisable.


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Reply By: Racey - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 08:59

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 08:59
Recently bought 1 for my media player, from Aldi for $6-95. Works great.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:40

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:40
I got a 1.5 m standard one for my VAST from Bunnings for about $15. Works well.
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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:19

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:19
Been well and truly proven that up to 3m there is no difference in quality audio or visual between a $100 cable and a $15 one.
SLightly marginal improvements that can be measured but not noticed over longer runs
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:24

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:24
It will work on a lower grade connection but you have a $200 TV and a $300 Sat decoder – spend the extra $10/$15 on a HDMI cable so that you can get the best quality on HD channels.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 14:31

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 14:31
I may have caused confusion - by lower grade connection I meant AV as opposed to HDMI
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Reply By: Member - Gerald V - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:44

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:44
cobber,

"Under five metre an HDMI cable made correctly cannot introduce any degradation to picture and sound quality,"

quote taken from:http://www.techradar.com/au/news/video/why-you-don-t-need-to-spend-more-than-2-on-an-hdmi-cable-1071343

Don't get sucked in with information that suggests that a more expensive HDMI cable will give a better signal quality. They transmit digital data, not analogue, so better copper does not equal better picture. The only reason you might need a higher grade cable is if you're using HD above 1080p, which I doubt that most people do with a standard HD sat receiver (even then, your cheap cable will probably work fine).

The only reason that you may want to spend a few more $$'s is to get a cable with better quality connectors. Some of the cheaper cables have cheap, fragile connectors that break with the slightest strain. Make sure you get one with a fully molded connector, rather than one made with two plastic halves glued together.

My experience is 15 years as a tv/video technician + professional engineer (electronics & computer).

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Follow Up By: wortgames - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:39

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:39
Absolutely right, it's digital - either it gets there, or it doesn't.

The ONLY WAY that a poor quality cable (or fibreoptic, or air) can 'degrade' any digital signal (other than total or intermittent failure) is if the equipment is designed to detect the available bandwidth and negotiate a lower signal format accordingly. Your TV and DVD don't do this.
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Reply By: cobber - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:54

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:54
Hi All,

Thank you for answering my question.............Off to Bunnings to get one
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:57

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 13:57
Bunnings one should be fine..... just remember don't bend the HDMI cable too much as the signal doesn't like going around corners...... straight is better '-)
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Reply By: Member - Dalb (SA) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:17

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:17
Geez Guys, you really have me scratching my head now.........

I bought a Sat TV setup recently with the Altech Vast system. I tried to set it up at home using an HDMI connection from the decoder to the TV.
I could not get it to work, so I rang Vast and they firstup asked if I was using an HDMI cable, and then advised me to disconnect the HDMI and use the composite connectors, and it worked immediately.
I asked the person I spoke to why? but they refused to discuss this further.

I received all channels OK and the picture looked good, so I packed it all away ready for an upcoming trip.......

Has anyone else had this problem?

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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:24

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:24
I have used both a AV connection am a HDMI on a Altech Vast System and they both work - you need a HDMI for good quality HD
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:29

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:29
If the system is still new go to your supplier and ask for him to fix it.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:37

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 18:37
My guess would be an output or input menu selection
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Follow Up By: Member - Dalb (SA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 15:52

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 15:52
Thanks for your help Guys.....
I am still working on the problem.
The first HDMI cable does not work at all. The second one I tried works sometimes and not others.
I am reluctant to purchase yet another cable but I guess I will have to, as Access, the WA supplier, said that because it works the problem is not the decoder.

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Reply By: guy007 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:56

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 19:56
Hi,
When I converted my old Internet satellite dish to Vast I first connected to the TV using a composite red yellow white connection. All went well but reading the book decided for better quality should go HDMI. Big W had one 1.5 metre length for $28.99.??? Bought one online from Shopping Square Sydney and delivered to Mudgee was $3.94. Works really well.
Some people will say that you get what you pay for but at $28.99 Big W is a rip off.
Pays to shop around!!
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