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I Spent a THOUSAND Dollars on HDMI Cables.. for Science

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We told you we’d do it, and here it is! Testing a whackload of HDMI 2.1 and 2.0 cables to find out if you’ve been wasting your money on cables for no good reason. 

Data from tests is attached to this post. If you are an educator or otherwise have a legitimate reason for wanting to look at the .json files from each test I will provide them, but shoot me a DM. For most people the PDF results will be more than enough. 


 

461598053_HDMICabletestingdata.7z HDMI Cable Testing Results.xlsx

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20 hours ago, ColinLTT said:


We told you we’d do it, and here it is! Testing a whackload of HDMI 2.1 and 2.0 cables to find out if you’ve been wasting your money on cables for no good reason. 

Data from tests is attached to this post. If you are an educator or otherwise have a legitimate reason for wanting to look at the .json files from each test I will provide them, but shoot me a DM. For most people the PDF results will be more than enough. 


 

461598053_HDMICabletestingdata.7z 47.2 MB · 115 downloads HDMI Cable Testing Results.xlsx 74.33 kB · 384 downloads

tldr:

expensive ≠ better

don't spend >$1/m of cable

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Man. I'm so disappointed in Monoprice 😞 Most of the cables I have bought are from them since they're cheap. Guess I got what I paid for.

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3 minutes ago, ILoveCheapStuff said:

Man. I'm so disappointed in Monoprice 😞 Most of the cables I have bought are from them since they're cheap. Guess I got what I paid for.

As a Canadian and Linus being Canadian, I'm surprised they didn't test PrimeCables.

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Looking at the spreadsheet all monoprice under 10 feet passed, it was just 10 and over where it got worse.

 

Was there any correlation,besides certified ment higher price, between certified hdmi cables and the results you got?

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I just need to see the excel sheet, but don't wanna install a viewer. Anyway we can see this excel sheet easier?

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"if you're going anywhere over 10 feet with HDMI 2.1, you're asking for trouble." - Linus

 

This statement was based off of only testing 6 cables from a single manufacturer...…..? This is not how you science. That sample size is way too small to make such a conclusion. Very disappointing.

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7 minutes ago, PawnYourHead said:

"if you're going anywhere over 10 feet with HDMI 2.1, you're asking for trouble." - Linus

 

This statement was based off of only testing 6 cables from a single manufacturer...…..? This is not how you science. That sample size is way too small to make such a conclusion. Very disappointing.

If you look at the excel, there are a lot more than 1 cable, and 1 manuf.  

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I usually stick to monoprice for my cables because they're more about $1/foot when you get it from their site directly, unlike the $3.50+ price listed in the spreadsheet

 

https://www.monoprice.com/category/cables/hdmi-cables

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=42682

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Given the results though, I might look at other options moving forward. However it should be noted that a lot of this matters primarily fir higher resolutions. Most of my TV's are still 1080p for now. 

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27 minutes ago, Ninja_Commander said:

I just need to see the excel sheet, but don't wanna install a viewer. Anyway we can see this excel sheet easier?

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This is a screenshot of the spreadsheet. I made a few adjustments to column width to clean things up, but all the data is untouched. 

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26 minutes ago, Ninja_Commander said:

I just need to see the excel sheet, but don't wanna install a viewer. Anyway we can see this excel sheet easier?

Just drag the file into google drive, it should open it automatically. If you want a free viewer get libre office or open office.

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21 minutes ago, tkitch said:

If you look at the excel, there are a lot more than 1 cable, and 1 manuf.  

Look again. They only tested six 15 foot cables.

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Would be nice if you could check out Hama. Don't know if you have them in de US/Canada but they're very prevalent in Western Europe.

Maybe check some other European brands for your overseas cousins? 😄

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I dont come to the forum very often but for this... i had to.

DAM VIVIFY cables... all your ads thrown at me and still failed... i wonder if they will reduce the ads

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Am i crazy, or is there no where that says what cable is which? No links, etc?

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