QED Qunex HDMI-SR or IXOS XHT458-100 HDMI?

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  1. sheehanjuk

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    Which of these HDMI cables would you buy and why please? They seem the best HDMI cables on the market at present.

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    Best from professional reviews eg What Hifi etc. If you know a better HDMI cable which is either 1 or 2m please say.
     
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    Hello sheehanjuk

    Narrowing your choice down to cables that are advertised, 'reviewed' and promoted in the UK press means your missing out on an awful lot of options.

    If you stick to 'all HDMI cables are capable of delivering the required signal' then consider a low cost Molex cable (Molex are the guys who helped invent the standard).

    If you want to look at physical differences between various cable designs then a lot of it is below the surface in terms of how the individual conductors are screened, bundled and wrapped to avoid deforming when installed.

    Also look at the quality of the gold plating on the HDMI connector - many cables use a 'sprayed on' finish rather than a decent quality plated finish.

    Also look at how stiff or flexible the cable is - some cables don't sit too well in lots of HDMI sockets; some with the oversized plugs simply wont mate with your Source and Display gear.

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    Generally speaking there is no technical reason why any cable that works will produce a better image than another. There may be differences in quality of construction and robustness but these won't effect picture quality, many people around here go for modestly priced cables such as Molex for sub 5m which work and are well constructed, plenty of people also have a lot of success with the ultra cheap cables on short runs (1 to 2m).

    For longer runs you do need to be a little more careful, although the same "if it works then its as good as it gets" rule still applies. For longer cables Mark Grant's own branded are amongst the best value in the UK at the moment, although if you don't mind importing you can get cheaper from the likes of bluejeanscables in the US.

    At the end of the day, whatever cable you choose to purchace, if it works, you can be happy in the knowledge that it is giving you the best possible picture.

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    I thought HDMI would be similiar to scart. I used various different brands of scart and in my humble opinion the picture quality did change eg colour reproduction.. depth of field.. picture detail.

    The other factor I thought you had to consider was if the HDMI cable is 1080p enabled and 1.3, any thought on this since the only cable which mentions it is from by brief research is the IXOS.
     
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    SCART is an analogue interconnect so it is possible to see the difference between cables of differing qualities, however HDMI is a digital interconnect so the quality of the cable tends to mean that it either works or it doesn't.

    HDMI 1.3 tightens up the cable characterists a little bit in order to allow higher bit rates to be transmitted, however this really only makes difference on longer runs, and again if it works you won't be able to improve upon it.

    That said if you want HDMI1.3 certified cables I think Mark Grant offers these at pretty reasonable prices, he also offers 720p and 1080p certified cables, although the former are probably fine for 1080p over short distances, see http://markgrantcables.co.uk, although I think the sights down at the moment.

    John.
     

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