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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, Sep 12, 2008.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Our DVD player croaked, so ...

    Most of the better ones now offer 1080 up-conversion but it seems they
    are usually missing the HDMI cable. When I looked I was stunned. $40 (!)
    and up. What is so special about an HDMI cable? Each electron personally
    recordificated and certificated?
     
  2. Den

    Den Guest


    Try computer stores rather than hi-fi/tv places - the prices are 1/3 at
    least in my part of the world!
     
  3. Charlie E.

    Charlie E. Guest

    Actually, when our DVD croaked earlier, I was tempted to get a
    blu-ray, but since I had just lost my job, the boss couldn't see it.
    So, we looked, and finally got a Sony at Costco. The final decision
    maker - came with the HDMI cable!
     
  4. Yes, and hand assembled by nude virgins ;->

    Shop around, you can get them real cheap, like under $10. Don't buy
    from the stores.
    Gullible consumers will pay anything, so prices will remain high in
    stores.

    Heck, even Farnell have them for AU$19 (about US$15):
    http://au.farnell.com/1428266/cable/product.us0?sku=multicomp-18-94192666
    and Digikey have them for under $14:
    http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail?name=WM19083-ND

    Dave.
     
  5. Don McKenzie

    Don McKenzie Guest

    http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/search.hdmi cables~r.58384759
    prices are including world wide postage.

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  6. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Ebay.

    Graham
     
  7. PeterD

    PeterD Guest

    If it is the same Sony we got, you'll like it too. The cable is a nice
    bonus...
     
  8. qrk

    qrk Guest

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=hdmi+cable&x=0&y=0
    has them starting at under $10. Some people say they have had problems
    with the cheap ones. Perhaps they didn't have pure virgin unoxygenated
    copper manufactured in a north-south orientation whilst soaking in
    Dortmunder ale.
     
  9. They're pretty fine pitch (20 pins including the shell in not much
    space)... so cheap ones may not be very reliable, at least early on
    until they figure out how to make them well. But $130 US list for a 4'
    cable is more than a bit pricey.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8473546&st=HDMI&type=product&id=1188558642139

    With all that crap about nitrogen and oxygen you'd think they were
    analog cables. Actually, I think it's mostly a way that the big box
    stores can sell major stuff at close to cost and then 'get well' on
    the accessories.
    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  10. Guest

    I dunno.
    I _do_ know I bought a CyberHome CH_DVD405 DVD player years ago
    because
    it has analog 5.1 outputs.
    Then I did read Hollyworld got pissed with CyberHome because of that
    build in audio decoder....
    Then I bought StarWars III official DVD.
    And the CyberHome gives a black screen on that one, probably
    blacklisted in the code
    somewhere.
    Put the DVD in the PC (nice new DVD drive), installed 'utility' so I
    could watch my own DVD.

    I do not like to be victim of copy protection wars between Hollyworld
    and DVD player manufacturers.
    It seems they (Hollyworld) give no shit about their users.
    That cable was only invented to pester people more.
    Anyways, SCART cables were ridiculously expensive too.
    maybe make your own, that is what I did with SCART,.

    So, since that experience, no more standalone DVD players for me, at
    the most a Blu-Ray for in the PC.
    Only need the standalone to test if the DVDs I make play on normal
    players...

    PC as media box, that is the cheaper, faster, better way.
     
  11. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Ah, thanks! Dang, we were at CostCo yesterday. I'll check that out.
     
  13. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Well, this was Walmart ...
     
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  15. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Nah, we even have DTV now. Which from a reliability problem is the pits.
    Analog is better. We also got a DVD a year ago or so. Performance-wise
    the pits as well, the VCR is a lot more reliable. One schmutz and the
    dang thing stops.
     
  16. Joerg

    Joerg Guest


    Yep, HDMI seems to be a niche standard where you need the right
    incantations or it won't work. Heck, why didn't they pick something
    simple? Like, ahm, Ethernet. Nah, they just had to invent something new
    so it can be called new.

    <shaking head>
     
  17. Joerg

    Joerg Guest


    That's like most pubs. Break-even on most meals but the millisecond you
    order a drink they've got ya.
     
  18. Joerg

    Joerg Guest


    That's what will make the DVD player search so hard. I want to be able
    to watch foreign language movies and once I already had it happen.
    Sopmeone in Europe whom I am very thankful for sent us a DVD, fully
    paid, not some copy, unavailable in the US because of lack of market.
    Our DVD player only said "Wrong regional code". That's stupid. So I need
    a DVD player where that nonsense can be disabled by some trick. Finding
    out will be a lot of work.

    We do not want a PC in the living room. Too big, too noisy.
     
  19. Exactly my thoughts.

    -Le Chaud Lapin-
     
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