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#1
So this is more of a general nonsense but still hardware question. I have beaten, thrown, and taken horrible care of laptop cables, ethernet, even BNC security camera cables, and never had them break or stop working.

HDMI cables are a different story though. i've bought probably 5 cables in the last year alone. From Vizio, to LG, to even a monster cable and they all seem to short or do that "twist it this way and then plug it in" to get it to work. Granted the monster cable was my lady's fault by stepping on it, but the other 4 simple quit working.

Are HDMI cables just super fragile? too complex to be in simple rubber housing? How about the rest of you? what's your HDMI cable experience?
 
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Never had a bad one and Ive used many. I suspect you have a bad HDMI port that's reacting to the movement of the cable
 
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my tv has 3 hdmi ports, we've used each and everyone and it always seems to be the cable, we purchase a new one and walla no probelms.
 

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never had one break, worst i've had is a super long cable that wouldnt work above 1680x1050
 
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damn, must be me. BAD JU JU!
 
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I've never had a bad one. I even have a cheap 10 m one that must be over 3 years old. It's been twisted, stepped on, curled up, but it still works fine.
 
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maybe its the tv.

try those damaged hdmi on another device if you havent tested
 

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My experience with HDMI is limited but I'm using a generic HDMI cable to go from my PC to my TV and no problems. I've also used a cable that was HDMI on one end, DVI on the other with this TV for the longest time with no issues.
 

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So this is more of a general nonsense but still hardware question. I have beaten, thrown, and taken horrible care of laptop cables, ethernet, even BNC security camera cables, and never had them break or stop working.

HDMI cables are a different story though. i've bought probably 5 cables in the last year alone. From Vizio, to LG, to even a monster cable and they all seem to short or do that "twist it this way and then plug it in" to get it to work. Granted the monster cable was my lady's fault by stepping on it, but the other 4 simple quit working.

Are HDMI cables just super fragile? too complex to be in simple rubber housing? How about the rest of you? what's your HDMI cable experience?
Hdmi is a flakey port and cable standard. If you have display port use it or component. Or dvi.
 

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I have one break on me, the casing was to soft to support but no issue with any others yet haha.
 
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So this is more of a general nonsense but still hardware question. I have beaten, thrown, and taken horrible care of laptop cables, ethernet, even BNC security camera cables, and never had them break or stop working.

HDMI cables are a different story though. i've bought probably 5 cables in the last year alone. From Vizio, to LG, to even a monster cable and they all seem to short or do that "twist it this way and then plug it in" to get it to work. Granted the monster cable was my lady's fault by stepping on it, but the other 4 simple quit working.

Are HDMI cables just super fragile? too complex to be in simple rubber housing? How about the rest of you? what's your HDMI cable experience?

Hdmi is a flakey port and cable standard. If you have display port use it or component. Or dvi.
I've been using the same cable for 3 years. Cheap generic cable which cost less than £3 on Ebay.

a_ump, I think the physical port on your device is broken rather than the cable.
 

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I've been using the same cable for 3 years. Cheap generic cable which cost less than £3 on Ebay.

a_ump, I think the physical port on your device is broken rather than the cable.
Being a network ops tech for Att (Uverse) ive encountered several customers tvs that put a voltage out that sometimes affects the tv and the equipment and only way to fix that without them switching out tvs was put em on component which provides same clarity as hdmi.
 
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About 4-5 years ago Amazon was having HDMI cables for $0.01 + Shipping ( yes, one cent) and i bought like 20. Never had a problem with one.
 

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Amazon do make good cables or have a good oem
 
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Never a problem here, two TV's, TV #1 in livingroom has all 3 HDMI inputs being used, TV #2 in diningroom, two HDMI cables, one one crossing part of a diningroom floor connected to the second PC.

Amazon do make good cables or have a good oem
Goto Monoprice.com, I've gotten ALL of my cables from them.
 
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ive never hd any probs with any hdmi cables

dont spend good money on expensive hdmi cables they are all digital so quality is- it works or it doesnt lol the phsyical cable might be stronger but the vid/audio will be the same
 

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I bought a Display port (plug to gpu) to vga (jack to monitor cable) adapter from Startech. Cables to go is good aswell

Never a problem here, two TV's, TV #1 in livingroom has all 3 HDMI inputs being used, TV #2 in diningroom, two HDMI cables, one one crossing part of a diningroom floor connected to the second PC.



Goto Monoprice.com, I've gotten ALL of my cables from them.
 
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Amazon do make good cables or have a good oem
Amazon is a trading platform, so its lots of independent sellers, like Ebay.

The only difference is some select independent sellers ship their product to Amazon's distribution centre. Amazon then list and market it as their own, and then dispatch it centrally with their own branding if it sells. This is their "FBA programme".
 

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Amazon is a trading platform, so its lots of independent sellers, like Ebay.

The only difference is some independent sellers ship their product to Amazon's distribution centre. Amazon then list and market it as their own, and then dispatch it centrally with their own branding if it sells.
Thats what im wondering who their oem is
 
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Thats what im wondering who their oem is
It won't be a specific OEM.

It will be a bunch of random sellers, most selling cheap generic cables from China or Hong Kong. Scattered in between will be a few well known manufacturers. Regardless of whether the seller is a 1 man business or a multinational, if they qualify for the FBA programme the cables will be sent to Amazon's distribution centre and will get Amazon's branding on the box when it's dispatched.

Because Amazon don't source their own products, the risk for inconsistencies in quality is greater.
 

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Yeah i started thinking about that. Thats why they tend to be the least expensive solution

It won't be a specific OEM.

It will be a bunch of random sellers, most selling cheap generic cables from China or Hong Kong. Scattered in between will be a few well known manufacturers. Regardless of whether the seller is a 1 man business or a multinational, if they qualify for the FBA programme the cables will be sent to Amazon's distribution centre and will get Amazon's branding on the box when it's dispatched.
 
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It won't be a specific OEM.

It will be a bunch of random sellers, most selling cheap generic cables from China or Hong Kong. Scattered in between will be a few well known manufacturers. Regardless of whether the seller is a 1 man business or a multinational, if they qualify for the FBA programme the cables will be sent to Amazon's distribution centre and will get Amazon's branding on the box when it's dispatched.

Because Amazon don't source their own products, the risk for inconsistencies in quality is greater.
Not always. Amazon has an OEM somewhere making these:



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003L1ZYYM/?tag=tec06d-20
 

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Those are it
 
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I dislike HDMI as a standard but I've never had one break through 5 years and 3 moves. Only cable I've ever had break was one ~10 year old DVI-D.
 
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#25
Not always. Amazon has an OEM somewhere making these:



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003L1ZYYM/?tag=tec06d-20

That is an exception. Amazon do have one or two propriety items in all categories, but the business model explained above is how Amazon work. Amazon couldn't sustain its business selling just their own brands.

Amazon Basic products are made in Taiwan and China, probably from the same factories that some of the random sellers are buying from.
 
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