first off, thank you all for the warm welcome to the community!
This is probably common knowledge by now, but still rather interesting.
Today I'd like to inform you all about HDMI cables, you know, these guys:
|"One to rule them all."|
You have both? Brilliant!
All you need now is one of these babes and you're all set for the whole world of 1080p FULL HD.
Okay, let's check out Amazon.
Whoah. Nearly $59 for just 1 meter? Well, must be because of the "High Speed" and what with it being new high-tech and such the price is justi....
|"Just because I'm cheaper, doesn't mean I'm easy!"|
..fied...? Say whaaat?
That's a nearly 2 meter HDMI cable for 2,3% of the Monster HDMI cable.
On Monster's homepage they say that they offer the fastest and most reliable connection, with gold plates, gas-injected cables and shielding from RF and EM interference.
These attributes aren't new, they've been around since the old analogue cables for TV.
So, with them you would expect a better picture quality then with the cheaper cables, right?
Right. If it were still 1990.
The explanation for this is simple.
Shoddy analogue cables could reduce the quality of your picture, a lot. Be it because copper impurities or unshielded connectors, this could dampen the analogue signal, thusly making you slap your TV.
HDMI is not analogue. It transmits its signal purely digital, as in zeros and ones.
This means that you either get the signal on your TV or don't. There is no inbetween., no shadowy twilight zone of blurryness. Those gold plaings really do look nice, but they serve no purpose apart from, well, looking nice.
"But what about interferences or errors in the signal?" you might ask.
Along with the audio and video, it transmits 8 bits of ECC parity data for error correction which describe the packets containing the audio and video.
So, why are they still comparativley expensive and still being sold?
It's in the markup. Best Buy has a markup of over 4% meaning they'd make roughly $15 selling you a PS3, whereas the markup for HDMI cables is up to 80%!
Admittedly, they are made from better polymers and stury connectors.
In the bitter end though, it will be the consumers decision on what cable he or she buys.
Bis zum nächsten Mal.