Where are your version 1.4 HDMI Cables? I see other vendors
selling them A number of web vendors have started
listing their HDMI cables as "version 1.4" cables. HDMI LLC (the
licensee of the technology) is quickly sending such vendors "cease and
desist" letters if such cables are being sold or advertised as "v1.4"
cables if they have NOT been certified by Silicon Image. Silicon
Image is the ONLY (world-wide) authorized testing center that can
certify that a particular model of HDMI cable has met the very stringent
v1.4 specification. See the January 5, 2010 Simplay Labs (a
division of Silicon Image)
Press Release. Our cables have been submitted for testing, and
we are expecting certification of such cables in early April. Once
certified, we will immediately proceed with manufacturing. We
expect to have such CERTIFIED cables available for sale towards the end
of May. Currently (as of March, 2010), there are NO consumer
equipment (TVs or BluRay players) that REQUIRE a v1.4 cable. Many
newer TVs require a v1.3 CERTIFIED cable that is capable of supporting a
higher bandwidth of 10.2Gbits/sec. All our v1.3 CERTIFIED cables
meet this requirement.
Why are YOUR HDMI cables priced so much cheaper than ALL the rest of the
competition? We purchase our HDMI-HDMI, and
HDMI-DVI cables directly from the manufacturer in bulk. What
exactly is "bulk"? Yes, by the pallet load of 500 cables.
Instead of marking them up 500-1000% like some retailers (both bricks
and mortar store, and some on-line stores - you know who you are), we
mark them up to make a reasonable profit instead. Our cables are
packaged in "OEM packaging" which is far less expensive than equivalent
retailed packaged cables that typically sell for ten times our price.
So, are your
cables the same as the
Actually, in many cases, we will
argue they are BETTER than many of the more expensive "other stores".
We have even shopped the competition, and in three cases, the product
shipped to us was the identical product that we sold (packaging, IEEE
number on the cable, UL number, and yes, even the manufacturer's SKU!).
One of the 3ft cables that was shipped to us cost us $83.00 - and it was
the exact identical cable as one we were selling for less than $8.
So other stores are purchasing from the same manufacturer (either
direct, or as most are doing - via a distributor) - but have chosen to
drastically mark-up their products. Many have
created websites using as many buzz-words possible to try to convince
you "they are better". Starting asking WHY they are better...
All of our shorter length (3 to 16ft) cables are
28 AWG (American Wire Gauge), and will support ANY HDTV resolution,
as well as support ANY device using an HDMITM connection.
Cables that are 20 to 39ft are 24 or 22 AWG, and so on. Most of
our HDMI (and
HDMI/DVI) cables have ferrites to eliminate any outside radio
interference. Most are triple shields - some are only double-shielded. All have
silver-coated conductors. All are guaranteed to support all HDTV
formats (1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i) except where specifically noted.
All our cables are RoHS compliant. All have 24K
gold plated connectors to resist corrosion. All Supports 8-channel
digital audio on same cable. Also supports
6-channel, 96kHz audio. All of these specifications are basic
specifications that a manufacturer must meet to be certified.
If I buy an HDMI
cable from you, how do I know I am getting the best possible HDTV
signal? HDMI (and DVI) use technology that transmits an encoded digital
signal from a source (such as a satellite, cable, or DVD player), to a
target (such as an LCD or PLASMA TV) in a similar manner that computers
communicate using TCP/IP. If you plug an HDMI cable in, and you
see the resulting picture on your HDTV, the transmission was successful.
If there is ANY failure in an HDMI cable - there will simply be no
signal at all - resulting in a black or blue screen on the target HDTV.
So, an HDMI cable either works 100.00%, or 0.00%.
What if I buy an
HDMI cable from you guys, and it doesn't work? We sell over 4,000 HDMI cables each month. We had one cable
returned a short time ago with a claim that it didn't work. We later
found out that the customer had not correctly set the INPUT source on
his TV - as he had the same issue with the replacement cable.
Another customer was having an issue with a longer 83ft HDMI cable.
We sent out a replacement. The replacement didn't work. He
then eventually found out that his HDMI switch box was "not certified or
compliant". He got a new switch-box, and everything worked!
Our defect rate for our HDMI cables is less than 0.2%. That is 2
cables of every thousand sold!
"Fatter cables do not necessarily mean better
signals. Previously, fat cables were deemed
superior because the copper was thicker and the
cables carried more shielding. Additional shielding
reduced the likelihood of interference between the
copper strands, which led to a better signal.
"In the world of digital cables,
there's no need
for shielding since there is no possibility of
interference within a cable. As for the thickness of
copper, however, thicker copper will be able to
extend the length of a digital signal, but for
shorter cable lengths (two meters and under), there
is no need for overly thick copper strands. In fact,
thicker cables can sometimes be problematic since
they are less flexible to bend around sharp corners
and the increased weight can cause them to fall out
of vertically mounted connectors."
What about versions of
HDMI? Do I need to be concerned about this when buying a cable? Versions of HDMI are not affected
by the cable itself. Versions of HDMI describe hardware FEATURES
that a hardware device may have, or be compatible with. A cable originally certified to
meet v1.0 standards will most likely be certifiable for many standards
going forward. All versions of the HDMI specification support the
ability to watch HD-DVD / Blu-Ray content in high definition up to 1080p
resolution. However, there may be non-HDMI reasons that prevent some
devices from accessing content in high definition, including lack of
HDCP support. Manufacturers of cables frequently re-submit cables
back to HDMI for re-certification without making any engineering or
manufacturing changes to the cable itself. To quote Steve Venuti
the complete, informative article):
"I advise consumers to never focus on the specific
version of HDMI, but rather, on the feature set of
the device, such as 1080p capability, DVD-Audio
support, etc. In fact, looking for the version of HDMI
supported in a product does not mean that all the
latest features possible from the specification are
actually implemented in the product. So again, the
key is for consumers to seek the feature, not the
Explain your Money Back Guarantee
far, we are batting 100.0%. Periodically, if you use longer lengths
(ie greater than 65ft) of HDMI cable, and use HDMI wall-plates,
switches, or splitters, the HDMI signal weakens to the point that the
signal can be "lost". The use of an
HDMI signal enhancer/booster
then might be needed. We offer a 100% money-back guarantee
that the HDMI-HDMI or HDMI-DVI cable will perform as advertised.
If the cable does NOT work, you can either return it for a refund, or
allow us to provide a replacement cable. Your choice.
This is our money-back guarantee to you. Click
HERE for details and
conditions (yes, the sorta fine print!)
I am seeing some cables saying they now support "120Hz/240Hz".
Do your cables support 120Hz or 240Hz?
The 120Hz - and now "240Hz" is an electronics feature found in some
newer LCD and plasma TV. This TV feature interpolates frames and
inserts them between the normal frames to help remove, or "smooth out"
video that would normally appear "jerky". 120Hz technology doubles
the frame rate from 60 to 120 frames per second without repeating the
same image to make more frames. 240Hz technology quadruples the frame
rate. In both case, the TV intelligently calculates the
'middle' image between frame A and frame B and inserts it in between,
making a fluid transition from one frame to the next. This
technology has NOTHING to do with the cable itself. Some cable
vendors are misleading customers and promoting "120Hz or 240Hz technology" as a
cable feature. It is NOT. So, to answer the question - ANY
quality HDMI cable will support the 120Hz or 240Hz feature found in newer TVs.
Want more information about 240Hz?
PC Magazine have an excellent article on the
Also, a great quote from AVFORUMS
(that we frequently contribute to):
"There's a lot of "Hz" specs and claims out there. Don't even
waste money on cables that claim to be "120Hz" compatible just because
you have a display capable of refreshing at 120Hz - it's just marketing
hyperbole. Any HDMI 1.3 compatible cable can support the higher
bandwidth made available by the HDMI 1.3 spec. That bandwidth can be
used to carry expanded gamuts, higher bit depth color, higher resolution
than 1920x1080, or a higher frame-rate than 60Hz..."
Silver-tinned copper wire for maximum conductivity - without ANY
harmful lead (where indicated). Some lengths use a simpler
Supports the following resolutions:
720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 1280x1024, and beyond (WITHOUT the
need of a booster)**
Tested and certified to meet 1.3A or 1.3B standards to support such features as
TRUE-COLOR, One Bit
Audio format, such as SuperAudio CD's DSD (Direct Stream Digital).
All our HDMI cables MUST pass testing by Silicon Images - the ONLY
authorized testing facility in North America to certify and test
Ferrites at each of the male ends of 3 to 50ft cable lengths.
(Our 1ft, and > 65ft length cables do not use ferrites).
These premium HDMI certified cables
supports high-bandwidth, uncompressed video and multi-channel
Double shielding for maximum
video performance and prevents signal loss & screen
UL / CSA listed, have matched impedance,
PVC jacket, molded ends, Inner hood soldered 360 degrees to
the connector for complete end to end shielding.
Connects any HDTV set-top boxes, DTV,
DVD, switch or splitter with HDMI.
24K Gold-plated connecting pins AND ground
connection are both to ensure excellent connectivity.
Supports distances of up to 50ft
without any signal loss.
RoHS Green Certified and
production process that uses laser jacket stripping & aluminum foil
cutting with precise machine soldering.
Outperforms all more expensive
"retail boxed" cables - guaranteed!
Newer inventory may also use
"ferrites" to eliminate ANY outside radio/electrical
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Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Licensing LLC.". All products sold by MyCableMart.com are
purchased from certified HDMI Adoptors (distributors and/or
manufacturers). Customers wishing to see any certification
documentation for such products can make such request in writing.
Our HDMI cables are guaranteed for life, and meet
HDMI 1.3a or 1.3b standards, & are RoHS Green Certified!
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