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3 reviews | 5 out of 5
I have 10-foot HDMI cables, which simply aren't long enough to do the job I needed. "The Shack" wanted $80 for a 16-foot HDMI cable! *GASP* I found this 15-foot cable at Walmart for half that. You simply can't go wrong with it if you need an extra-long HDMI cable. Don't be misled by some sales people who may tell you that cable quality is of utmost importance. Maybe back in the days of analog signals, monster cables and high-end, low loss conductors WERE important. But since this signal is all digital (ones and zeroes), then signal loss isn't a big issue as long as the ones and zeroes get from one end to the other. And this cable does that... very well. Unless you're running a 50-foot cable, then gold-plated ends and low-resistance conductors are simply gimmicks to make you pay more. And even then, I doubt they'll make much difference, if any. Remember 2 things: (a) It's all digital signal. I don't care how much loss your cable has or how long it is: if the component on the receiving end can still read the ones and zeroes - however small and weak - you will suffer no decrease in sound or picture quality. (b) Virtually all HDMI cables come from the same place: China or somewhere else in Asia. If you have money to throw away, then go buy an $80 cable. Better yet, I'll give you my PayPal address and you can send ME the extra money! The point is, an $80 HDMI cable will provide you with no better signal quality than this cable will. I promise you that. I recommend this cable as a low-cost alternative to the electronics stores that will charge you at least twice as much for the same length.
I will be returning this, but not because of a flaw in the cable. I got this to hook up my laptop to my TV. I got them connected, but the HDMI function on my TV didn't work. After much work and seeking for answers, I finally discovered that the problem lay with my laptop. Windows 7 requires a high-def TV for the TV function to work. If one wants to try what I tried and he is using any form of Windows, he needs to determine before ordering the cable whether his Windows will allow him to hook up to a TV. So the problem is not with the cable, but the laptop's operating system.
It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I can use my 42" LCD TV as a display so whatever I have on my computer is on the TV. The video and sound are very good. I thought I might have some signal loss because the cable is so long (15'), but I can't detect any. Streaming video and audio to the TV works great!