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Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cable is Good Quality at a very Good Price

The Basic High Performance Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cables are suitable for use with HDTV, Home Theater, Games Consoles, Blu-rays, Cable or Satellite boxes and Projectors. HDMI Cables provides the most reliable digital signal transfer and the purest picture. Unlike most HDMI cables, the Basic High Performance  Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cables use individual, shielded twisted pair wires for unsurpassed and uncompressed video signal.  Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cables is backwards compatible with all previous HDMI standards, so you’ll be able to use this cable with all your HDMI devices.  Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cables supports 10.2Gbps bandwidth not like other low priced cables. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data. High performance High quality HDMI-HDMI cable suitable to use in HDTV, Home Theater, PlayStation 3,  and business class projector based applications. It represents a digital alternative to consumer analog standards such as Radio Frequency (RF) coaxial cable, composite video, S-Video, SCART, component video, D-Terminal, and VGA. A high quality hdmi cable for transferring, uncompressed digital video, audio and control functions.HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, personal computers (PCs), video game consoles, and AV receivers to compatible digital audio devices, computer monitors, and digital televisions. Ideal for connecting PS3, Blu Ray DVD, Sky HD, DVD Recorders, Virgin Media HD etc. Easily handles video resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including 3D, as well as HD surround sound. Perfect for device networking and IP-based applications, with transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps. This high speed HDMI cable is specified and certified up to the latest 1.4a with Ethernet capability. It is also the perfect companion for 3D. Ikuna 1.5m HDMI Cables is ideal for small portable devices like camcorders or digital still cameras with a mini HDMI input. The new CHEM15 is an ultra-advanced mini HDMI Ethernet cable designed to connect digital audio/video sources, such as small video camcorders and digital cameras, to digital televisions and computers.

Compatible With:

  • Blu-ray Players
  • Playstation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 Elite
  • HDMI Supported Laptops & PCs
  • Satellite HD Receivers
  • HDTVs, Projectors & Displays
  • AV Receivers/Amplifiers
  • HDMI Switchers & Splitters

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hdmi optical cable

Have seen remarks here that “all optical cables sound alike” because “they all transmit 0′s and 1′s,” etc. That’s true, but it’s also true that coax transmits the same 0′s and 1′s. Coax cables sound different, and so do opticals. It’s not digits, folks, it’s the materials used, echoes, resonance, impedance matching, clock timing/jitter, etc., etc. These AR’s do have a cleaner, clearer, more detailed sound than their more expensive Monster Lightspeed counterparts (which are generally awful). Considering the price, this AR cable is quite good; a clean high end, nice midrange, very decent soundstage in width and depth. There are rave reviews here for these AR’s – I can’t justify a 4 or 5 rating here.

 On high end equipment, they sound clean but too lean, the very low end being detailed and tight but not as ‘there’ as the rest of the spectrum. A (very) mild hardness in the upper midrange, especially on female voices. The lead-in of instrumental attack is a little sloppy (piano, drums, guitar, etc.), often making some piano keys sound as if they need to be screwed down tighter or something. On lesser audio systems (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) the AR’s did acquit themselves quite well. Give them a 4 in cheapo systems, but with mid-fi or higher their faults become amplified. Still, at $35 they present a good, well-focused soundstage and sounded mighty nice on my older (cheapo) system, which typically had bloated bass and wiry highs that this cable handled well. For high-end gear, unfortunately, they won’t do. I have to add points to the AR’s overall rating, however, because of their very good DVD picture playback. In that respect, the AR’s were far superior in DVD playback to the over-priced junk being sold by Monster nowadays. On my audio system I have better, pricier cables, but these AR’s have found a permanent home on my Toshiba DVD video player.

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hdmi cable are the same, ok so we all are the same claims HDGuru

Being recently gone to Dixonxs in Oxford you can see HDMI cables online or in stores labeled “120 Hz,” “240Hz” and “480 Hz”? It’s easy enough to slap such labels on HDMI cables but it’s a sham. HDMI cables can no more be manufactured for specific refresh-rate HDTVs than a garden hose can be manufactured specifically to water seeded lawns and sod lawns. The same water flows through either one. The same HDTV signal flows through all HDMI cables, whether labeled “120Hz” or “480Hz” — or not labeled at all. In fact, a TV’s refresh rate has nothing whatsoever to do with the signal flowing to that set. The refresh rate is determined by the set’s circuitry once the signal gets there, so how can different HDMI cables be manufactured for different refresh-rate sets? The manager at the store claimed the HDMI Cables paid for the store to be opened, they made no money on the televisions they required accessories. Clearly the intent of the refresh-rate labeling is simply to confuse you into spending more money on HDMI cable than you need to. TV retailers, including Best Buy, use this new misleading labeling to push naïve customers into buying unnecessary, overpriced cables that can cost far more than necessary.

Adding such labels — the latest being “3-D” — helps sales clerks persuade customers to overspend. The extra dollars spent will have no effect on image quality but they will lighten your wallet. To view Blu-ray, Full HD 3-D content and any other source at the highest (1080p) resolution, you need HDMI cables. It is a single-wire solution that conducts a standard definition or high definition 2-D or 3-D video image and accompanying audio tracks from a source device to an HDTV. Only two types of HDMI cables are included in the HDMI licensing spec: “Standard” (aka category 1) or “High Speed” (aka category 2). The latter is required to assure the cable passes 1080p signals (including 3-D), which is the highest bandwidth video signal available now and for the foreseeable future. HDMI cable makers mislead consumers by mislabeling their step-up quality HDMI cables with the various refresh rates used by set makers to improve picture quality. Despite the fact that some labels indicate signals of 480Hz, the signal fed by an HDMI cable to a set never exceeds 60Hz. HDMI Licensing LLC licenses the design, specifications and requires labeling of cables as either “Standard” or “High Speed.” HDMI does not have any rules concerning additional labels, according to its spokesman. While the HDMI standard has been updated to include new optional functionality such as passing Ethernet network signal, there remains only two speed categories. Any “High Speed” HDMI cable should handle any display and any video signal you can throw at it. HDGuru visited a number of local TV dealers. Best Buy had the widest selection, offering “High Speed” HDMI cables from Monster, AudioQuest, Rocketfish (BB house brand) and Dynex (BB house brand). They all display labels that tout their own capabilities. The least expensive is a Dynex 4-foot “High Speed” cable and costs $29.99. The box says 1080p 60Hz. The first step-up is the 4-foot Rocketfish at $49.99, and the package reads 120Hz.

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3d hdmi cable for the masses

Cable-TV operators and their suppliers are stepping slowly into the new era of stereo 3-D television, but it could take years before they can handle full high definition content.

Some cable networks are broadcasting handling a growing schedule of 3-D events while vendors test interim standards using firmware upgrades to support partial high def signals. Set-top boxes, TVs and back-end encoders will need a new generation of video and interface chips to carry stereo-3D broadcasts in full high definition.

“It’s coming in steps,” said David Grubb, chief technology officer at set-top maker Motorola Home. “First we’re making 3-D as compatible as possible with existing video infrastructure,” he said.

“We’ve worked in past year on sorting out agreements on 3-D formats, making the consumer experience easy so when they tune into a 3-D channel the TV automatically switches to right mode and presenting 2-D graphics like closed captions and program guides in 3-D space,” he said.

CableLabs, the R&D consortium of the cable-TV industry, expects to finish interoperability testing of its so-called frame-compatible approach in about six months. “We have lab prototypes of encoders and set-tops and we’ve seen end-to-end demos,” said David Broberg, vice president of consumer video technology at CableLabs.

The group released in early September its specification for encoding stereo 3-D signals. It defines metadata to let set-tops identify 3-D content and its format type and pass that information to a 3-D capable TV over an HDMI version 1.4a interface.

That capability will let TV’s automatically decode the signal. Today consumers need to manually select the correct 3-D mode on the TV after they tune into a 3-D channel.

Today CableLabs and HDMI 1.4a support three 3-D formats for packing signals for two eyes into one existing video channel—separate top and bottom formats for 720-progressive 60 Hz and 1080p 24 Hz signals and a side-by-side format for 1080-interlaced content. The result is a signal presented to the TV for decoding at something less than a full high definition resolution.

The metadata supplies information to a graphics engine about how to find and decode 2-D graphics data in the formats.

Some cable operators have already been supporting limited 3-D broadcasts in an ad hoc fashion while engineers are testing the interim frame-compatible solution. Cablevision carried the first 3-D broadcast in March—a live Rangers vs. Islanders hockey game from Madison Square Garden.

Since then other cable networks have aired 3-D broadcasts of the Masters golf tournament in April, the soccer World Cup in June and NASCAR races in July. Comcast is creating a video on demand library of stereo 3-D titles and ESPN will begin weekly 3-D broadcasts this fall, said Broberg.

“I still consider it kind of an experimental, early-adopter stage–the number of people who buy these 3-D sets is small and the number who understand how to use them is even smaller,” said Broberg. “When we get to 24×7 3-D broadcasts is hard to say, but I suspect when it happens there will be a lot of repetition in programming,” he said.

Next-generation set-tops and encoders will have to adopt new video and interface chips to pass through full high definition versions of left and right eye video signals. The chips will require standards still being debated. We have seen a high number of cable manufactures releasing hdmi cabled for 3D, we can see a sell in the uk under the brand cablesson 3d 10m hdmi cable

“There are a number of proposals—some proprietary and some through standards groups like MPEG–for how to deal with a migration to full resolution delivery, but right now there are more questions than answers,” said Broberg.

For example, the MPEG multi-view coding specification could be used for high def 3-D. However, MVC was designed to support multiple camera angles, not stereo 3-D, and it might not be compatible with the interim so-called frame compatible spec.

Today’s 1080-progressive 24 Hz Blu-ray signals or 1280×720 video games at 60 Hz can max out the bit rate available on today’s fastest 150 MHz HDMI chips, said Broberg.

Supporting a full 1080p 60 Hz signal for left and right eyes in a 3-D broadcast would require 300 MHz HDMI chips.

“Silicon Image [a lead developer of HDMI chips] said that’s a couple years away,” said Broberg.

Meanwhile cable TV operators are using a variety of bit rates to support 3-D broadcasts depending on factors such as available bandwidth and whether the content is fast action. The broadcast services will not be as crisp as content from 3-D enabled Blu-ray players which use a frame-packing technique that can deliver a full HD signal for both eyes.

“There’s a lot of variable quality because we are at the very beginning of the learning curve,” said Broberg

Next-generation set-tops ultimately will need upgraded graphics to handle stereo-3D program guides. Developers are demonstrating such apps at trade shows, but they are a low priority

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3D HDMI Cable

Certain products herald the arrival of The Future. Think about the first time you saw someone using a laptop on an airplane. The first time youbought a song over the Internet. And the first flat-screen TV you saw: after decades of promises, a TV you could hang on a wall. It was like having a World’s Fair in your living room.

The flat-screen TV was a stunning change from its predecessors. And once it had been shrunken to mere inches thick, what else was there to do to it? Plenty, as it turns out.

Now if you are shopping for a television, you have new features to consider, like 3-D and LED-lit liquid-crystal displays.
Many television manufacturers – including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vizio – are already delivering 3-D-capable models. Cablesson have released a 3d hdmi cable to go with sony led tv. Three-dimensional imaging has come a long way since the films of the 1950s – think “Avatar” rather than “Creature From the Black Lagoon” – but you still need glasses to enjoy the technology.

Shoppers should expect to pay around $250 more for 3-D than for a comparably equipped 2-D television. Most sets come with one or two pairs of goggles; additional ones may cost more than $100 each.

Is this a cool gift for someone? Yes, it will probably be the first 3-D TV on the block. But bear in mind that 3-D programming is extremely limited, for now. (Sky and Virgin have announced a 3-D channel for the World Cup, which opens Friday, but check if your cable or satellite provider will be carrying it.) This year, the Discovery Channel hopes to introduce a 3-D channel in collaboration with IMAX and Sony, and Panasonic and DirecTV plan 3-D satellite channels.

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HDMI Cables’ Prices is cut down by Monster

Up until now, Monster, one of the world’s most important manufacturers of connectivity solutions and cabling, had some pretty high price points as far as HDMI cables were concerned, so high that pretty much everyone complained about it and a lot of people went for products developed by the company’s competitors. And probably due to the poor sales in this area, Monster has finally decided to cut prices down a bit, reaching a much more affordable point.

Hence, from now on, its entry-level 1-meter length of Monster Basic for HDMI cable has been reduced in price to $29.00 (a 10-dollar cut). In addition, Monster announced that it would also begin shipping a 2-meter length of Basic and 4-meter Basic for HDMI cable in May priced at $39.95 and $59.95, respectively.

The reasons why Monster has decided to go ahead with this price cut can be very easily deduced from the statement made by Noel Lee, Head of Monster, who declared that “As prices on HDTVs, entry-level DVD and Blu-ray players and other high-definition home entertainment components come down, consumers have been asking for a lower priced Monster HDMI cable. We understand that not all of our customers want or need the highest performance speed-rated cables, but would still like to purchase a product that still offers the Monster brand name and quality. Our new lower priced Monster Basic for HDMI cables not only offer a quality alternative to little-known or unknown brand HDMI cables being advertised on the Internet, they also provide our customers with a budget-priced option that’s ideal for many non-critical applications that don’t call for speed-rated cables.

Monster Basic for HDMI products feature advanced connector and cable construction that optimizes digital signal transfer for the sharp picture and rich color from all high definition components, as well as pure digital surround sound. Additionally, for eco-conscious consumers, Monster Basic for HDMI cables feature the company’s most environmentally friendly disposable packaging, made out of recycled brown paper. Always a good idea to keep “green” fans close, right, Monster?

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Why HDMI? All you need to know before going digital

High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is hailed as the next generation of audiovisual cabling. Simply put, HDMI is an all-digital connector that can carry high definition video and several digital audio channels all on the one cable. HDMI was first officially unveiled in 2003, but it’s only now that we’re starting to see widespread support for the standard. Is it something you should be seeking out?

2. How is it different from my current analog cables?monsterhdmihd

Analog video cables, such as component, composite or S-Video, are currently the main methods used to transfer picture signals in an average home system. Component is the highest quality analog cable as it breaks down the picture signal into three different cables — one each for red, blue and green. When you’ve got analog cabling connecting digital sources (such as an LCD or plasma screen with a DVD), the digital video or sound signals have to be converted into analog to travel through the cable, before being re-converted back into digital at the receiving end. This could lead to some signal degradation and a resulting loss in output quality.

3. What are the advantages of going digital with HDMI?

HDMI can deliver high quality sound or vision without the risk of quality loss due to the conversion or compression of a video or audio signal. HDMI pictures should be smoother and sharper, with a distinct reduction in video noise. Sound should be crisp and taut, without any distortion. And of course, using the single cable HDMI can get rid of a lot of messy cables snaking around your home theatre kit.

Because of its digital nature, HDMI also works well with fixed-pixel displays such as LCD, plasma or DLP screens and projectors. A HDMI cable allows you to exactly match pixel-by pixel the native resolution of the screen with whatever source device you’ve got connected. HDMI systems will also automatically convert a picture into its most appropriate format, such as 16:9 or 4:3.

HDMI has some built-in smarts that allow you to control any device connected via HDMI through the one remote. Since the HDMI connection allows two-way communication between devices, it gives you basic universal remote-like functions which, for example, can tell the components in an HDMI-linked system to turn on when you want to watch a DVD, just with the press of a button.

4. How does DVI fit into the equation? Is it better than HDMI?

You may have heard of digital video interface (DVI), which is another all-digital connector for video. DVI has been around for longer, and can be found in many more televisions and other devices than HDMI. DVI was initially developed as a connector between PCs and monitors, but eventually found its way into the home entertainment world.DVIandHDMIhd

The HDMI standard is actually based on DVI, so picture quality should be identical. Where HDMI has it over DVI is its audio capabilities — DVI can only carry video signals. HDMI cables can also be made longer than DVI — HDMI can go up to 15m in length. And from an aesthetic viewpoint, HDMI connectors are less bulky than DVI ones. HDMI connects like a USB device for PCs, while DVI still has screw pins on its connector. However, this means that HDMI connections are more prone to damage from accidental knocks so more care needs to be taken with them.

5. I’ve got some gear with DVI connectors. Will they work with HDMI?

As HDMI is fully backwards compatible with DVI, so you won’t be making your DVI products obsolete if you buy something with an HDMI connector. For example, HDMI televisions will display video received from existing DVI-equipped products, while a HDMI DVD player will play on a DVI-equipped television. All you’ll need is a HDMI/DVI adaptor. Just be aware that doing this will lose you the added functionality of HDMI, such as automatic screen format conversion and universal remote control.

6. What products support HDMI?

HDMI has been on the market for a while now, and most new DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs feature at least one HDMI port.HDMIinputsonhd

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

7. Where can I get HDMI cables?

If you own a component with HDMI but don’t have a cable for it, then there are several cable manufacturers who sell HDMI gear. www.ukhdmi.com, for example, sell HDMI cables and HDMI to DVI cables under their Cablesson range of interconnects. www.ukhdmi.com also has a comprehensive selection of HDMI products. HDMI cables and adapters have been developed in a joint partnership with HDMI’s founder, Silicon Image.

8. What do the different versions mean?

While the latest version of HDMI is up to 1.3c, but there are four main versions that most equipment will correspond to — 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. Notice that the versions signify changes to the types of audio they can transmit, as all versions should be able to transmit HD video up to 1080p.

1.0 This is the first version of HDMI and it was ratified in late 2002. It will decode most versions of audio contained in DVD and digital TV signals, including Dolby Digital and DTS.

1.1 This version added DVD-Audio support, which means users with compatible disks and players can listen to 5.1 channel audio streams without the need for six separate audio RCA cables.

1.2/1.2a The main improvement on 1.1 is the addition of Super Audio CD (SACD) support, which means users no longer need to rely on iLink or analog cables to listen to SACDs. The standard also adds support for an as-yet unused Type A PC connector.

1.3/1.3a/1.3b Version 1.3 adds support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which are used in Blu-ray players. Increasingly, AV receivers are including decoding for these standards on board, while devices the PlayStation 3 will output a decoded signals. The 1.3 standard also increases the available bandwidth by a factor of two to 10Gbps. Though 1.3b and 1.3c exist they don’t add any further functionality over 1.3a, and so are interchangeable.

9.What’s this I hear about Wireless HDMI?

Eventually, every technology goes wireless, and with Wi-Fi and Wireless USB now in play it makes sense that manufacturers have turned their eyes to making HDMI clutter-free too. Only thing is, it doesn’t work yet. Belkin showed off their FlyWire technology behind closed doors at CES 2008, and it hasn’t been heard of since. There is, as yet, no standard for Wireless HDMI, and so it’s not really worth holding out for. Also, Wireless HDMI is not to be confused with WirelessHD — this is a separate technology used by manufacturers such as Sony to send signals from a media box to slim, wall-mounted TVs.

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

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