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Old 06-25-2011, 02:13 PM   #1
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Computer cables

I'm not sure if this belongs here or in the "Money" forum, but ---

I recently bought a new computer. The computer has HDMI output that I want to connect to a monitor and a TV that have DVI input.

So the computer store has a 6 ft HDMI to DVI cable for $40.00.
OTOH, Tartan Cable online has a 2 ft HDMI to DVI cable for $2.80. That's exactly the sales tax on the in store cable.
HDMI to DVI Cables at Tartan Cable (Tartan's 6 ft, heavier gauge cable is $10.00.)

I assume that cables are a big markup items for stores because they are after-thoughts. But this is amazing.

Does anyone have any experience with Tartan Cable?
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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The expensive HDMI cables don't do anything for you that the cheap ones don't do just as well - except lighten your wallet.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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I assume that cables are a big markup items for stores because they are after-thoughts. But this is amazing.
That is a good assumption. I was really dismayed at the ludicrous prices of Monster cables a few years ago at Radio Shack. I just stopped buying there --- I hate getting ripped off. The favorite source of good cables at reasonable prices of most discussants at avsforum.com is monoprice.com. I've bought many cables there. I haven't bought HDMI-DVI cables, but I see that Monoprice has a variety of them, starting at $2.38. I'm not familiar with Tartan.
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I have found good prices for cables at Monoprice.com
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:25 PM   #5
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I use 6, six foot HDMI cables, price about $3.00 and one 15 foot price about $10 (I think, it was the cheapest I could find on Amazon) I have used these for about two years, no problem. I also use a 5 port auto switch I bought on Amazon for about $25. All work fine.
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HDMI cable rip-off

The HDMI cable ripoff - Kingsport Times-News Online


Read this article on HDMI cable rip-off.
I too buy mine from monoprice.com.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:50 PM   #7
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NYT article on cables including another vote for monoprice.com

How to Save on TV Cables - NYTimes.com

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Old 06-25-2011, 04:13 PM   #8
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Thanks !

It took an hour and a half to get 6 replies, with 4 votes for monoprice.com

They've got a 3ft cable for 2.38 + 2.73 for shipping. Can't beat that.
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When I first started my computer consulting business about 1980 I used to make custom computer cables. This is before the PC and all of the standards and shrink wrap products.

I think that I charged about $80/cable with probably less than $10 costs. I would sit by my pool on the weekend and assemble them each in less than an hour.

It was easier work and more profitable than the programming/consulting work at the time.
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Online is a much better deal. While you are at it get a longer cable they are nice.
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Another vote for Monoprice. But I did have problems with a 15-ft DVI-HDMI cable. The signal degraded and I couldn't get any kind of picture. I replaced it with another 15-ft cable and had the same problem. I guess I was getting a weak-ish signal from my video card. Not a Monoprice problem. 10-ft Monoprice cable works fine.
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Check out Blue Jeans Cable -- Quality Cables at Reasonable Prices . Their stuff is very high quality at very good prices. I've purchased a number of their products for my home theater.
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Off topic perhaps, but does HDMI contain the audio signal?
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Off topic perhaps, but does HDMI contain the audio signal?
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