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HDMI Chord for the 360?


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Libid21

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Which HDMI should I get for my Xbox 360? There are a lot of prices, but I was told by my brother to ask on a tech forum which one to get because he said all of them are basically the same. I was told to look for one around $5, but I have no idea what to look for. Any help here?
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Hi Libid21,

HDMI format is pretty much a digital version of RGB analog video. The principal signal in an HDMI cable is carried on four shielded twisted pairs ( kind of like a CAT5 cable, but with shielding added), one of which is for red, one for blue, and one for green. Sync pulses, which tell the display where a line or frame ends or begins, are carried on the blue line. In some cases, rather than RGB video, HDMI carries Y/Pb/Pr "color-difference" video, which represents the same information as RGB but differently conveyed. The fourth twisted pair carries a digital clock signal, and seven miscellaneous additional conductors carry some signaling and incidental functions.

So there are a lot things being done inside the cable, not to even mention the connectors. So if you go with the cheapest maker you can find, you will surely get a cheap product that may not work right or perform the way you want it to.

Now that I got the technical stuff out of the way… I bought an HDMI cable for $20 at a local retailer, and borrowed my Brother In-laws $80 name brand HDMI cable that he had previously purchased. Anybody what to take a guess at the difference?

No difference what so ever was noticeable to me at all… So I personally would not buy an HDMI cable for more then $25, but I don’t think I would buy one for $2 or $5 because I just think your asking for trouble. :)
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Hi Libid21,

HDMI format is pretty much a digital version of RGB analog video. The principal signal in an HDMI cable is carried on four shielded twisted pairs ( kind of like a CAT5 cable, but with shielding added), one of which is for red, one for blue, and one for green. Sync pulses, which tell the display where a line or frame ends or begins, are carried on the blue line. In some cases, rather than RGB video, HDMI carries Y/Pb/Pr "color-difference" video, which represents the same information as RGB but differently conveyed. The fourth twisted pair carries a digital clock signal, and seven miscellaneous additional conductors carry some signaling and incidental functions.

So there are a lot things being done inside the cable, not to even mention the connectors. So if you go with the cheapest maker you can find, you will surely get a cheap product that may not work right or perform the way you want it to.

Now that I got the technical stuff out of the way… I bought an HDMI cable for $20 at a local retailer, and borrowed my Brother In-laws $80 name brand HDMI cable that he had previously purchased. Anybody what to take a guess at the difference?

No difference what so ever was noticeable to me at all… So I personally would not buy an HDMI cable for more then $25, but I don’t think I would buy one for $2 or $5 because I just think your asking for trouble. :)

How would I be asking for trouble?

I bought a $1.89 one from Amazon which received thousands of good reviews.

Edited by Libid21, 30 November 2008 - 01:43 PM.

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Well I was just told that the one that I bought which can be found here is not going to work with the 360. It was cheap, so I think I'll just give it to my uncle who has a PS3 and watches a lot of Blu-Ray DVDs and stuff.

So can someone please link me or help me find a specific model or HDMI cable that I should buy?
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Well I was just told that the one that I bought which can be found here is not going to work with the 360. It was cheap, so I think I'll just give it to my uncle who has a PS3 and watches a lot of Blu-Ray DVDs and stuff.

So can someone please link me or help me find a specific model or HDMI cable that I should buy?

Libid21:

I would go to a Gamestop/EBGames and tell them you have an XBOX360, and ask them for the cable for the machine: That way, you know it comes from M$, and you should not have a problem. IF you get the elite, it comes with such a cable I believe :)

Good Luck!!

Brian
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Xbox 360 HDMI AV Cable

Or

Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit

Both are rather expensive… I read somewhere that the new Xbox and the elite Xbox come with an HDMI port.
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In my opinion cheap cables look worse, then again I've only found this with Scart.

Not really tested HDMI myself.

Just go for a mid price one.
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HDMI is digital. Either it transmits data or it doesn't. I could give you a big long answer about this, but a quick google shows that someone has already done that for me. See here for further information.
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