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    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 12th Jun 12, 12:24 PM
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    • #2
    • 12th Jun 12, 12:24 PM
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    • 12th Jun 12, 12:24 PM
    Err, what price did you expect to find something at Poundland?
    • WhiteChristmas
    • By WhiteChristmas 12th Jun 12, 3:21 PM
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    • #3
    • 12th Jun 12, 3:21 PM
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    • 12th Jun 12, 3:21 PM
    Poundland (other poundshops are available) pretty much always have HDMI cables in stock; what's "manage to find" all about?

    And, yes, they give perfectly good signals and work every bit as well as £10, £20 or £50 cables from elsewhere with two caveats.

    (a) it's quite common for them not to work at all, straight out of the packet

    (b) the build quality is usually rotten, so they're poor for applications where you're going to plug them in and out a lot. Ideal for a permanant DVD-to-telly connection, less so for a games system which is getting moved about a lot.
    I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.
    But, if the white runs out, I'll drink the red.

    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 12th Jun 12, 3:48 PM
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    • #4
    • 12th Jun 12, 3:48 PM
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    • 12th Jun 12, 3:48 PM
    Whoa I found some for 80p in Euroland Shops (or 82Milllion Drachmas in Grexit Shops)
    The faceless forum team said
    I'm afraid we had to remove your signature. It was felt that it could be upsetting to other users who had a stroke.
    But removing said signature upsets someone who has had one, ergo yours truly, and has still never received an explanation as to who felt it could be upsetting and why...Let alone the terrible grammar
  • Sue J Aylesbury
    • #5
    • 14th Jul 12, 11:20 AM
    HDMI Cables from Poundland
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    • 14th Jul 12, 11:20 AM
    I Managed to find lots of the HDMI Cables this morning in the poundland in Aylesbury and I bought 2 as my husband was going to buy some others this afternoon I told them you had suggested them and they work great all fitted now and my husband is pleased
    • mttylad
    • By mttylad 14th Jul 12, 1:14 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 1:14 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 1:14 PM
    I have about 10+ of these.
    I disagree a bit with part of post #3, the build quality is acceptable for paying a pound and I have never had any problem with plugging in/removing them. (not arguing - its just not that bad).
    Every one of them has worked 100%

    As with everything from pound shops you pays your money and you takes your chance, but you keep the receipt and if it does not work you can return it when next there. (in my case its every weekday - have to walk somewhere during lunch).

    While they may not be of the same build quality as one that you pay £25+ for, they work exactly the same. In fact looking at some that I have seen for £15+ the more expensive ones are of the same build quality.

    They are certainly not cheap rubbish though, neither are they really news as they have been on sale there for several years.

    I only wish they did cables longer than 1 metre.
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 14th Jul 12, 2:24 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 2:24 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 2:24 PM
    I only wish they did cables longer than 1 metre.
    Originally posted by mttylad
    Poundland do USB plug-to-socket extension cables, so you could extend it that way. I bought one as I thought it would act like an aeriel for my 3G dongle, but there was no difference at all in reception.
    #JeSuisCharlie
    • chib
    • By chib 14th Jul 12, 2:37 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 2:37 PM
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    • 14th Jul 12, 2:37 PM
    You can buy HDMI couplers on eBay for less than £1 delivered.
    • mttylad
    • By mttylad 15th Jul 12, 3:16 PM
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    • 15th Jul 12, 3:16 PM
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    • 15th Jul 12, 3:16 PM
    2 x 1m cables and a coupler = £3
    a 3m cable is under £3 from ebay.

    The USB cable cannot be used to extend a HDMI cable, although the cable inside may do it the connectors are incompatible.
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 15th Jul 12, 7:57 PM
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    HDMI is a digital signal, so you don't need a fancy cable. Digital signals just do not care about noise or distortion in the way analogue signals do because they're interpreted by a chip inside the device receiving them to turn the data in to picture and sound, unlike analogue signals which are amplified and used directly to make the sound and picture. You can even send digital signals through the air and get crystal clear freeview TV with perfect sound on most people's sets - just as long as no part of the signal is completely lost.

    So, I buy inexpensive cables for digital signals without any worries. Even for expensive TV and audio equipment there's no benefit to spending loads. Just get ones that are solidly made and won't fall apart or have cheap poorly fitting plugs.
  • jayme1
    expert reviews did a comparison of cheap and expensive HDMI cables, the results won't shock anyone reading this thread, http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1292371/expensive-hdmi-cables-make-no-difference-the-absolute-proof
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 15th Jul 12, 9:36 PM
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    Are these the cables I have seen on sale with gold plated connectors?

    Is the 3 HSPA+/3G mobile broadband signal analogue or digital?
    Last edited by Kernel Sanders; 15-07-2012 at 9:40 PM.
    #JeSuisCharlie
    • steve1980
    • By steve1980 16th Jul 12, 12:34 AM
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    This is hardly breaking money saving news!

    They have been selling these for years.
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    • cheltenhamgal
    • By cheltenhamgal 18th Jul 12, 8:54 AM
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    They have them in stock in Poundland Cheltenham
    • torphi
    • By torphi 18th Jul 12, 10:09 AM
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    HDMI not so simple
    There seems to be a number of misconceptions regarding HDMI.

    If the cable has the official logo then it should have been tested during design to ensure it meets the required specification. But the equipment is very expensive that allows you to observe the eye diagram (try searching for: HDMI eye diagram) so many of the low cost cables may not have been tested properly during design and the performance could vary between the original design and the manufactured product.

    Although the signal is digital, you get bit errors which depend on the quality of the source, cable and receiver. The lines in the cable must have good differential impedance over a very wide frequency range (at least 10GHz) to avoid reflections that cause closure of the eye diagram and therefore the potential for bit errors but also depending on the source and receiver's performance.

    It is incorrect that because it is digital it either works or not as you can find that a cable will work in some systems but not in others - you may get lucky.

    There is no guarantee that more expensive cables will be any better but a good brand is more likely to have invested in testing their OEM cable to avoid damaging their brand name.

    Hope this helps!
  • Smallspender
    HDMI poundland cables are fine!
    I have been using these cables for some time with no problems, and a superb picture from Blu-ray on a 37" Panasonic. Needed an extra one last week, and got it in Poundland Eastbourne. They do run out, but restock.
    • Toxteth_OGrady
    • By Toxteth_OGrady 18th Jul 12, 10:38 AM
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    http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1292371/expensive-hdmi-cables-make-no-difference-the-absolute-proof

    http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests
    604!!


    Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise
  • awm49barhill
    I got two at the Poundland in St Ive's
    I just got two from the poundland in St Ive's, I am surprised by the many negative comments about the leads. granted they are only 1m but they work perfectly.

    For those who are complaining about manufacturing standards and complaince the point of the cables is they either work or they don't. If they don't work keep your receipt a get a refund or exchage. I would also note that at 12.99 cost of HDMI leads at Dixons you could buy 13 poundland cables which should easily last the lifetime of any electical appliance and you will probably only ever use one
    • googler
    • By googler 18th Jul 12, 12:18 PM
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    I would also note that at 12.99 cost of HDMI leads at Dixons you could buy 13 poundland cables which should easily last the lifetime of any electical appliance and you will probably only ever use one
    Originally posted by awm49barhill
    Would you rather buy 13 Ladas, or one Rolls-Royce, when you can only drive one? I'd have the Rolls-Royce.
  • Dave_C
    Surely
    It is incorrect that because it is digital it either works or not as
    is equivalent to
    you can find that a cable will work in some systems but not in others
    For short HDMI Leads, the cheap cables are rubbish thing has the same plausibility as cheap speaker cables are rubbish. I.e. none at all.

    I have a three metre HDMI cable from the local computer shop which cost a fiver. This means that I can use by TV as a 40 inch monitor for the laptop without any problems.

    Dave
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