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any forums out there for the difference of the hdmi cable and red green blue cables ect for hook up's
and how to install them
 

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monster cables are largely a joke, but there are some situations where a quality cable is necessary. For normal use under 12', don't bother with anything special.



the Red/Green/Blue cables are called "component", and are not a digital signal. The benefit to HDMI is that it will transmit HD video and fully surround-sound audio digitally for less degredation.
 

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Don't bother with "high quality" cables for digital connections. Though some will disagree, I say that if you claim you can hear a difference between digital cables then you're just being a pompous ass. It's my job to hear such differences and I can't nor can any real engineer I've ever worked with.

Now, for analog cables quality does matter to an extent, but again you'd have to be a serious audio snob to really think the price difference is justified.

And my last word of advice is NO MONSTER CABLE. Other than being overpriced, the whole company is just a bunch of douchebags. Do any internet searching on their marketing and legal practices to see what I mean.
 

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yep. quality isn't an issue, but i do know of some situations where (due to some kind of electrical interference) only a high-quality shielded cable would do the trick. But those were situations where they were running cables over LONG distances and near other high-powered equipment.

Monster gets their ass handed to them by a small-time lawyer.
 

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Yes, this is true. We use very expensive cables in the studio for low-level microphone and instrument signals and anything that will be transmitted far due to RFI interference.
 

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Don't bother with "high quality" cables for digital connections
I could not agree more. It is sad how many people fall for the sales pitch when it comes to cables. I was in Best Buy the other night and they were selling HDMI cables for $100. I just shook my head.
 

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2 issues that i am having, help if you can,

1. we yall cant help on this but it sucks, why the ef is there ads on the comcast dvr and tv guide. that is lame

2. when i go from HD to SD my tv flickers a lot and the sound pops and clicks a lot, anyone else have this issue?

thanks
 

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I have DirectTV so I can't really explain the ads. Probably just another attempt at Comcast and such to save/make money.

As far as the transition between HD and SD, does it happen as you switch channels, as in, simply channel up or down?
 

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Well the channels are separate so all HD is in the 900's and the sd normal so yes if I'm on 910 then I go to 54 it flips out snaps pops flickers and then displays...
 

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i made this quick recording to show the flicker...

looks messy i haven't had time to set it all up yet..

 

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Whoa JJ. I'm pretty sure that shouldn't be happening. Have you tried tightening all of the cables and such? I would maybe give your provider a call because it could be a bad digital box or something along those lines as well.
 

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definitely doesn't look right. you just got the box, right? i'd say it's probably defective.
 

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yes i just got it .. don't have time this week, that was actually not bad compared to what it was doing, i just don't want it to ef up my tv, ill exchange the box..
 

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I don't think it should do anything adverse to your TV so it should be fine for a few days. Hopefully the box is the issue (I'm sure it is).
 

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Are you sure it's the box? You said you were having problems w/your Wii as well. If you have your box setup to "native" it may be just the box cycling through the different resolutions to get what the native output it.
 

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i have the box set to 1080i for HD and 480p so there is changing, i can notice that on the box, ti changes from 1080 to 480 on the box as i change the channel, yes the wii issue on the components is still efed up
 

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i have the box set to 1080i for HD and 480p so there is changing, i can notice that on the box, ti changes from 1080 to 480 on the box as i change the channel, yes the wii issue on the components is still efed up
yes, so it's your box changing resolutions. Can you fix it to whatever you want?