AmazonBasics HDMI Cables

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  1. NottJim

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    Hi,

    (TLDR, my AmazonBasics cables wouldn't work with my new freeview box, only the included HDMI cable would work. Are these bad cables?)

    I've always subscribed to the idea that when it came to digital cables, buying the expensive ones was a waste of money.

    This year I bought 6 of these AmazonBasics HDMI 2.0 cables for my new 4K receiver / TV setup (Onkyo TX-NR656 / Sony 65" ZD9).

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014I8SX4Y/

    They all worked fine with my various sources:

    Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview box
    Sony UBP-X800 UHD Blu-ray player
    HTPC with an NVIDIA 980ti graphics card

    Last week after 7 years my freeview box died so I ordered a new BT YouView+ T4000/1TB box.

    When I plug it in with the AmazonBasics HDMI cable the signal flicks out every few seconds for a fraction of a second. If I replace the AmazonBasics HDMI cable with the one that came with the BT box it works fine?

    These AmazonBasics cables have been fine, even with 4K UHD blu-ray discs doing HDR and Dolby Atmos, why are they not working now with this new freeview box?

    Now they've got me paranoid because my HTPC occasionally has audio drops, but the problem goes away if you reboot the HTPC.

    Should I replace these cables, if so with what?

    Cheers,

    - James
     
  2. ChuckMountain

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    Did you try one of the other cables to see if that was ok. You might just have a faulty cable
     
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    HDMI Version Numbers are not relevant to HDMI cables - the only certifiable conventions are Standard, High Speed, Premium High Speed and the yet to be launched Ultra High Speed.

    It is not unusual to find some cables work and others not with 2160p - it can be Source/AVR/Display dependent too.

    You don't need to spend a lot on short cables - though looking for the official Certification Logo's is a good idea.

    HDMI :: Manufacturer :: HDMI 1.4 :: Finding the Right Cable

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    Ive used these for a while, however, my new appletv doesnt like it at all, weird.
     
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    ATV 4K is a big jump in bandwidth over ATV (3rd or 4th gen) - I have a few 2m cables which were never an issue at 1080p or even 2160p at 30Hz but fall over with 2160p at 60/50hz.

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    Thanks joe, funny some say they are fine but mine does not work
     

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