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#186029 - 11/28/07 09:21 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: Mojo]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
 Originally Posted By: Mojo
Has anyone tried rusty fence wire for video?


Yes, but it gave a slightly red hue to everything.
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#186037 - 11/28/07 09:50 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: Zarak]
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I actually just switched out a video cable today with fantastic results. I have a rather old LCD monitor attached to my computer. The signal path before today, from computer to monitor, was:

1. DVI out on video card
2. DVI to D-Sub adapter
3. VGA cable
4. Base of monitor
5. analog to digital converter built-in to base
6. DFP cable (used before DVI became an accepted standard) from base to actual display panel

With the purchase of a single DVI to DFP computer, my signal path is now:

1. DVI out on video card
2. DVI to DFP cable
3. LCD panel

Everything is now noticeably crisper, and the screen seems to be a touch brighter, as well. After recalibrating the monitor, I am now feel I have a new screen for the price of an $18 cable.

I had been meaning to make the change for a really long time, but never felt a need since the old connection worked just fine.
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#186045 - 11/28/07 10:08 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: pmbuko]
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 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
I actually just switched out a video cable today with fantastic results. I have a rather old LCD monitor attached to my computer. The signal path before today, from computer to monitor, was:

1. DVI out on video card
2. DVI to D-Sub adapter
3. VGA cable
4. Base of monitor
5. analog to digital converter built-in to base
6. DFP cable (used before DVI became an accepted standard) from base to actual display panel

With the purchase of a single DVI to DFP computer, my signal path is now:

1. DVI out on video card
2. DVI to DFP cable
3. LCD panel

Everything is now noticeably crisper, and the screen seems to be a touch brighter, as well. After recalibrating the monitor, I am now feel I have a new screen for the price of an $18 cable.

I had been meaning to make the change for a really long time, but never felt a need since the old connection worked just fine.


A perfect example of what happens with too many connections, everything still works but a little loss at each connection affects the outcome.
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#186047 - 11/28/07 10:09 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: jakewash]
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Well, probably not a great a/d converter in the monitor at least.
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#186053 - 11/28/07 10:46 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: Ken.C]
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Now I don't have to hit the auto-adjust button every few hours to make text crisper. That was definitely the fault of the a/d converter.
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#186194 - 11/29/07 06:27 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 364
Loc: Calgary, AB
I have been running my HDTV, Panny S77 DVD and Moto 6412 STB for over a year now with the cheap HDMI cable that Panasonic included and a $10 HDMI cable from Monoprice. It all works great.

No Mon$ter or other premium cables required here.

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#186287 - 11/30/07 03:49 PM Re: Cables Matter! [Re: ctown]
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Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 709
Loc: London area, Ont, Canada
HDMI, Optical and Coax all send digital signals, 0's and 1's folks. As long the connections on eather end are in good shape you can't convince me that a $220 cable will sound / look beter than a $20 cable. As long as the 0's and 1's get to the device in the correct order at the right time, it doesnt matter how.

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