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#61 jughead

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:54 PM

Got me some cables here today. Cheapy, you need to see if you can get on there list of places customers were referred from.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:15 PM

why are some priced really high and some priced so low? is there THAT much of a difference between cables? I'm talking about HDMI cables male-2-male connections.

oh and i'm not singling this company out..i mean in general...why are some cables more expensive than others...besides the fact that they're longer in feet.


I'm no expert, but I think it's a combination of the quality of the cable, plus cables have huuuuuge mark ups. Kind of like how they sell you a game system for (relatively) cheap, and then sell accessories at massively marked up prices.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:21 PM

I just ordered a firewire cable last night and it is being shipped today. Great price too! I will definately do business again with them.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 03:59 PM

I'm no expert, but I think it's a combination of the quality of the cable, plus cables have huuuuuge mark ups. Kind of like how they sell you a game system for (relatively) cheap, and then sell accessories at massively marked up prices.


ah ok, thx for the input. cuz i thought the lowest i could find some cables was like 30 bucks. i went to frys and got 3-ft sony hdmi cables for 39.99 each. that hurt. i bought two of them and now that i'm getting a ps3, ima need another. also got an optical cable and coaxial cable that came to about 30 for both. ouch. now that i see these prices, i feel like i should go return them. i hope they accept opened packages.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:16 PM

I'm a sucker I guess, 'cause I'll probably get a Sony cable for my PS3 when I get one (or if I get a new 360) :D

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 12:47 PM

How does the cables that Comcast use to hookup in my house compare to the ones sold here at monoprice?

Anyone know if they flexible or stiff like Comcast's?
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 12:58 PM

Thanks op. Will buy from there in the future. Wish I'd found it before buying cables for my dorm room.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:46 PM

How does the cables that Comcast use to hookup in my house compare to the ones sold here at monoprice?

Anyone know if they flexible or stiff like Comcast's?


They should be great. I'm sure you will be able to bend them too.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:03 PM

I ordered some HDMI cables, a Wii Component Cable and some stereo RCA A/V cables and all of them were great - Highly Recommended!
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:33 PM

Can anyone suggest some HDMI 1.3 cables from this site? I haven't noticed it in descriptions.

Sorry for dumb question. Found what I had overlooked and placed order for 2 sets of 1.3a 24 awg cables, one for PS3 and one for cable box.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:45 PM

monoprice is awesome!!! just picked up some component cables dirt cheap... love em!!!

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 04:01 PM

just ordered 3 hdmi cables, 2 opticals, and 1 coaxial. put my order in last night (11th) and it looks like it's already ready to ship today (12th). i'll edit my post when i receive my cables. here's to hoping they're as good as the ones i returned to frys. *crosses fingers*

EDIT: WOW! i'm damn impressed by this company. not only did my item take a single business day to arrive, but they just saved me 145 bucks. i bought the 3 of the cheapest hdmi, 2 optical and 1 coaxial cable from this site and they're the same, if not better, than the brand names i had before. on top of that, they're longer in length so i'm not dying for a connection! it's ridiculous how much ppl mark up the value of cables in stores. geez! i'll be using monoprice for all my cables now. thanks to everyone who recommended this site.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 03:09 AM

EDIT:

Once again, I have posted too qucikly. Figured out my problem. I am so smart.


Gto my 2 HDM! cables very quickly,. but I have a slight problem. When I hook up my PS3, I get sound but no video. This happened with both cables, and both work fine with my cable box.

Do i have to buy a PS3 specific cable? If so, have I messed up my HDMI output port? And can anyone recommend a good place to buy PS3 HDMI? I am confused and scared, please help!

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:59 AM

I'm using the HDMI cable from monoprice for my PS3 to HDTV. It works 100%Check the settings on your PS3 and make sure it isn't outputting sound via the optical out. and make sure it's inserted firmly into the PS3. (It snaps in there nicely)

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 04:00 AM

I just ordered some cables from monoprice, they were really fast. I ordered on friday and they got here today, the cables were shipped on monday and got here today (wednesday). Not to mention the prices and shipping were super cheap and the cables seemed to be of good quality. I needed some USB 2.0 cables since all my cables seemed to be the old USB 1.1 and that wasn't playing nice with some newer devices. It was a small order of 3 cables but everything is good.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 04:17 AM

I decided a wireless adapter for my 360 wouldn't be worth $100, so I just bought a 50 ft cable from monoprice. The length of it is a little overkill (25 ft would have been plenty) but I want to make sure I'll have a long cable just in case I happen to need one.

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:24 PM

I had long heard of monoprice, so I knew I would go there for my HDMI cables (but first went to WM and paid $30 for a 3 ft cable I knew I would return once my monoprice cables came.)

With the prices so cheap, I decided to go a little long and got a 15 ft 28AWG HDMI cable. I thought it was awesome, but recently have been having some issues:
I think I'm getting "sparklies", but I've never seen them before so can't be sure. Sometimes there is a bright blue flare like light in certain scenes of movies (I think I've only noticed it on SD DVD's, although I've only watched a couple HD things). The sound seems to sometimes drop out as well. I think I might try to exchange it, but since shipping is non-refundable, and I'm a bit worried the new item will have shipping charges, I might just buy another, shorter cable (15 ft is way too much). If the replacement cable gives me trouble, I'm gonna have to go one step up to bluejeanscable. Any one here have any experience with returns at monoprice?
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:35 PM

What is the difference between a 24AWG HDMI cable and a 28AWG HDMI cable? What does the number and AWG mean? I know next to nothing about HDMI cables.

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 07:37 PM

What is the difference between a 24AWG HDMI cable and a 28AWG HDMI cable? What does the number and AWG mean? I know next to nothing about HDMI cables.

I also m new to HDMI, but I believe it's he gauge for the wire - the thickness. The higher the gauge, the thinner it is. Meaning a 24AWG will be a heavier yet sturdier cable than 28. I hear 28 works fine for most people.

The closest explaination I could find on wikipedia is american wire gauge. I think that must be what it means.
Also why is it that when i click the "Diablo" picture, i get sent to pc games without the Diablo and even when i searched for Diablo, i get no results.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 04:53 AM

I also m new to HDMI, but I believe it's he gauge for the wire - the thickness. The higher the gauge, the thinner it is. Meaning a 24AWG will be a heavier yet sturdier cable than 28. I hear 28 works fine for most people.

The closest explaination I could find on wikipedia is american wire gauge. I think that must be what it means.


Ok, thanks. That makes sense then. Another question is which HDMI cable is good for a ps3? Is any HDMI cable good? I see descriptions of HDMI cables talking about father and mother connections...and I don't exactly know what that means. I wouldn't want to get an HDMI cable that doesn't work.

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 05:55 AM

Ok, thanks. That makes sense then. Another question is which HDMI cable is good for a ps3? Is any HDMI cable good? I see descriptions of HDMI cables talking about father and mother connections...and I don't exactly know what that means. I wouldn't want to get an HDMI cable that doesn't work.

From what I've been reading recently (and anyone can jump in to correct me as I'm still pretty new to HD, cabling, etc), is that most HDMI is the same. In fact, from what I hear, higher end cables can be more troublesome than lower enders, ie Monster, who seems to want to make super thick, heavy-duty looking cables to justify the high price tag, but they tend to have too much weight and the connector has trouble staying in. But I've never owned a Monster cable myself, I'm just restating what I've read (Monster is WAY out of my range - hence my posting at CAG about cheap HDMI ;)).
An interesting write-up can be found at pc world. It doesn't mention monoprice, but the idea is about the same. The results are startling to say the least.
As far as father/mother, do you mean male/female connections? Male and female are common terms for cable ends, because one is more "masculine" than the other ;) The female is a hole, the male the end that fits inside, completing the connection. For most HDMI connections you'll want Male to Male, ie both ends plug into a female. The reason you might want Male-Female would be if you needed to attach another cable to the end of the other cable (although, will this just work with HDMI cables? I've heard many people say they have switches and such to attach cables together. This may be just because Male to Male is more common.)

A few other things that are hard to decipher (for me anyway) at the site:
Many cables say CL2 rated (for in-wall installation). CL2 is a standard that has to be met for cables to be used inside a wall. I ignored this since it seemed to apply mostly to longer cabling, which for a simple player-to-tv you won't need, and because I have no plans of doing any in-wall cabling. If you KNOW you'll be doing that later, you can always plan ahead, but for a player-to-tv setup I suggest just waiting until you need it.

Length is pretty obvious, but I thought I'd point out that the standard seems to be that it's measured end to end, connectors and all. So a 3 ft cable is really like 2.5 (well, more than that but you get my point). It's annoying since I thought 3 ft would be enough for me before, but it was extremely short. 6 ft however should probably suit most. 10ft is maybe a bit much, and 15 is way too much for a simple connection - trust me. I made the mistake of wanting a lot of cable since it was so cheap. I wish I had simply gone with 6ft. Another thing to note is that 15ft is the near-max length for HDMI before it gets harder to handle the signal (AFAIK), so after this point yo get signal degradation and loss (but this may be why some are CL2... to be able to handle longer signal stretches. Anyone know?)

Plating: Doesn't matter much, at least signal wise. Gold plating is to keep the end of the cable from corroding, and doesn't help or hinder the transmission of the digital signal. Most cables are gold plated, so just go with that as it's not a big decision cost wise or quality wise.

AWG: Already covered this, but for the sake of keeping it all in an easy to read post, it's weight or gauge. It is the heft and weight of the cable, with higher numbers being skinnier cables. 28awg is usually fine for most, but 24awg is good if you need a bit more thickness. I bought 28awg, and it seems a good thickness and quality, without being too heavy.

Ferrite Cores: Okay, this one seems even weirder than AWG. I'll let Wikipedia field this one:

A ferrite bead is a passive electric component used to suppress high frequency noise in electronic circuits. Ferrite beads employ the mechanism of high dissipation of high frequency currents in a ferrite to build high frequency noise suppression devices. Ferrite beads may also be called ferrite cores, ferrite rings, ferrite EMI filters, or mistakenly as ferrous beads. Engineers often jokingly call them FCC goobers, or FCC lumps after their shape when attached to a cable.


So, it's a good thing to have, so why not. It seems to be in most cables.

So, now you know all you need to know, namely that it's length, connector type and gauge that matter most, where the standard seems to be 6ft, m-m, and 28AWG (gold plated with ferrite cores).

I hope this helps; I know when I started looking around I had no idea what all these things meant. Oh, and any mistakes, all feel free to correct me.
Also why is it that when i click the "Diablo" picture, i get sent to pc games without the Diablo and even when i searched for Diablo, i get no results.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 04:41 PM

From what I've been reading recently (and anyone can jump in to correct me as I'm still pretty new to HD, cabling, etc), is that most HDMI is the same. In fact, from what I hear, higher end cables can be more troublesome than lower enders, ie Monster, who seems to want to make super thick, heavy-duty looking cables to justify the high price tag, but they tend to have too much weight and the connector has trouble staying in. But I've never owned a Monster cable myself, I'm just restating what I've read (Monster is WAY out of my range - hence my posting at CAG about cheap HDMI ;)).
An interesting write-up can be found at pc world. It doesn't mention monoprice, but the idea is about the same. The results are startling to say the least.
As far as father/mother, do you mean male/female connections? Male and female are common terms for cable ends, because one is more "masculine" than the other ;) The female is a hole, the male the end that fits inside, completing the connection. For most HDMI connections you'll want Male to Male, ie both ends plug into a female. The reason you might want Male-Female would be if you needed to attach another cable to the end of the other cable (although, will this just work with HDMI cables? I've heard many people say they have switches and such to attach cables together. This may be just because Male to Male is more common.)

A few other things that are hard to decipher (for me anyway) at the site:
Many cables say CL2 rated (for in-wall installation). CL2 is a standard that has to be met for cables to be used inside a wall. I ignored this since it seemed to apply mostly to longer cabling, which for a simple player-to-tv you won't need, and because I have no plans of doing any in-wall cabling. If you KNOW you'll be doing that later, you can always plan ahead, but for a player-to-tv setup I suggest just waiting until you need it.

Length is pretty obvious, but I thought I'd point out that the standard seems to be that it's measured end to end, connectors and all. So a 3 ft cable is really like 2.5 (well, more than that but you get my point). It's annoying since I thought 3 ft would be enough for me before, but it was extremely short. 6 ft however should probably suit most. 10ft is maybe a bit much, and 15 is way too much for a simple connection - trust me. I made the mistake of wanting a lot of cable since it was so cheap. I wish I had simply gone with 6ft. Another thing to note is that 15ft is the near-max length for HDMI before it gets harder to handle the signal (AFAIK), so after this point yo get signal degradation and loss (but this may be why some are CL2... to be able to handle longer signal stretches. Anyone know?)

Plating: Doesn't matter much, at least signal wise. Gold plating is to keep the end of the cable from corroding, and doesn't help or hinder the transmission of the digital signal. Most cables are gold plated, so just go with that as it's not a big decision cost wise or quality wise.

AWG: Already covered this, but for the sake of keeping it all in an easy to read post, it's weight or gauge. It is the heft and weight of the cable, with higher numbers being skinnier cables. 28awg is usually fine for most, but 24awg is good if you need a bit more thickness. I bought 28awg, and it seems a good thickness and quality, without being too heavy.

Ferrite Cores: Okay, this one seems even weirder than AWG. I'll let Wikipedia field this one:

So, it's a good thing to have, so why not. It seems to be in most cables.

So, now you know all you need to know, namely that it's length, connector type and gauge that matter most, where the standard seems to be 6ft, m-m, and 28AWG (gold plated with ferrite cores).

I hope this helps; I know when I started looking around I had no idea what all these things meant. Oh, and any mistakes, all feel free to correct me.


Yes, I did mean male and female connectors. Not mother/father. I don't know what I was thinking there. LOL. Thanks for your helpful post though.

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The 6ft hdmi cable is currently selling for $2.94. Ordered 3 and it came to about $16 with shipping.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 05:52 AM

uh is there any difference between the wii component cables other then color?
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 07:59 AM

uh is there any difference between the wii component cables other then color?

Difference how? I believe there is very little difference between official or third party cables. I bought some 3rd party ones at Monoprice and they seem to work fine.
Also why is it that when i click the "Diablo" picture, i get sent to pc games without the Diablo and even when i searched for Diablo, i get no results.
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

Difference how? I believe there is very little difference between official or third party cables. I bought some 3rd party ones at Monoprice and they seem to work fine.


lol ok thanks for the info.
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 08:35 AM

Damn Monoprice is good. I bought HDMI cables like at 1 AM on Friday and it already came to my house on Saturday. I wasn't expecting it til next week. If you live in California, you're in for a treat shipping wise.


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Posted 18 November 2007 - 09:53 AM

Damn Monoprice is good. I bought HDMI cables like at 1 AM on Friday and it already came to my house on Saturday. I wasn't expecting it til next week. If you live in California, you're in for a treat shipping wise.

lol yeah i think theyre about 2 hrs away from me, usually takes about a day or two at most

anyone know where i can get rechargeable double a batteries for cheap?

i bought that wii charging dock but i got 4 wii motes...
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 05:25 AM

ordered a couple of HDMI cables from there for my HD DVD player and another xbox and work great! fast shipping I can vouch for monoprice.
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