For your T-Geeks like me, was wanting your feedback on this. Is there an ideal HDMI cable for Blu Ray, or a gaming system, that is preferable? Are they all the same with shitty marketing? I am looking for to get the best possible picture for my HD TV.
It depends on what kind of TV you have and what you are watching. Everything in HD has a specific bandwith that it operates in. If you choose a cable that is to crappy not all the info gets through you get less picture quality than you would through a better cable.
You are going to need a better cable if you have a 120hz 1080p TV that is watching blue-ray than you are if you have a 720p Dynex watching re-runs of I Love Lucy on TVLAND-HD.
All cable and satellite channels broadcast in 720p at the moment also.
This is... not correct at all. Have you ever taken a digital signal processing course?
It's really difficult for a digital signal to be degraded without being completely unwatchable. You'll either get the same picture quality or no picture at all.
See, the crazy thing about 1's and 0's is that when one bit goes bad, it's impossible to do the decryption, unlike in analog where the picture will just look fuzzy. Therefore, when a cable gets the stamp of approval and is labeled HDMI-compatible, it is guaranteed to not drop packets above a certain threshold.
In conclusion, pretty much all HDMI cables are exactly the same - you can go and buy your 100 dollar cables, while I'll buy my 8 dollar ones.
You may have a case for delivering a signal through a computer server room which is buzzing with electricity compared to wiring up an apartment. However, there's no need for a better cable in your example. Sorry!
The funny thing is that if you're wiring a corporate network for gigabit ethernet, you'll get Cat-6 cable for pennies per foot. No one will complain that they're receiving "degraged packets" on the network or that their web pages are fuzzy. That cable often runs next to electrical equipment and wiring, goes on for hundreds of feet thru ceilings, basements, walls, etc.
But somehow, once at home, for a cable that's about 6 feet long between your cable box and your TV, you're going to need gold-plated contacts and 3 layers of laminated shielding? Unless your living room is inside a nuclear reactor, it's unlikely.
If P.T. Barnum was reincarnated, he'd be a Monster Cable salesman.
Well, the nice thing about webpages is that they run on HTTP (generally) over TCP, which allows for dropped packets. HDMI, on the other hand, has no such method for resending a packet (similar to any other streaming protocol), but I'm sure you knew that. The question then becomes how often packets get lost in a corporate network. I'm willing to bet close to zero, but I have no idea just how close to zero.
Either way, we're nitpicking because we both agree Monster is a damn sham.