HDMI cable question

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  1. gatorr4life

    gatorr4life -WE ARE THE BOYS- Premium Member

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    So I bought a new tv today at Best Buy. It’s a 4K tv but I’m not sure I’m getting the most out of it. I’m using an old, cheap set of hdmi cables. The sales associate told me I should upgrade. After setting up the tv, I’m wondering if he may have been right. It does look very good, but this is “4K”, so I would imagine it should look better than my last tv that was just a regular hdmi flat screen. Right now, I don’t see a big difference.

    I did some research and found that you can get some pretty good hdmi cables for cheap. Especially if it’s a shorter cable. (3’-6’) is about all I need. Please link some cables you guys have had success with. Thx
  2. anstro76

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    What are you hooking into?
  3. LakeGator

    LakeGator Mostly Harmless Moderator VIP Member

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    This topic comes up from time to time here but I can't seem to find a thread on it.

    HDMI is a digital connection which means the signal waveform is not critical unless it is absolutely horrible. Spending money on so called premium HDMI is a waste.

    See this article at or near Which HDMI cable should you buy? Here's a few
  4. demosthenes

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    It doesn’t hurt to get a new set of cheap hdmi cables to ensure you have the best picture. Typically it’s more of a concern with a longer cable run (even if it is a digital signal).

    As for picture quality, it’s not as big of a jump from HD to 4K as it was from SD to HD. That being said, check out content that’s 4K AND HDR. HDR is key. That will show you what your set is capable of. Also, if you have content on a disc that will give you the best uncompressed image quality. For instance, Netflix streams 4K at 15 gbs. Via a physical disc bitrates can be 4x as high.
  5. MtownGator

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    @BB they sold a cable for 39.99 and when you looked up the price they got it for it was like 2.26. It's no wonder they push for the expensive cables to be sold. BB is numbers driven.
    The figure on extended service plans was about 64% pure profit also.
  6. gatorr4life

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    Thx for the responses. Yeah, I’ve been told before that you don’t need expensive cables.
  7. gatorr4life

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    Regular cable, ps4 and my security system.
  8. GatorNavy

    GatorNavy Damn the torpedoes! Moderator Premium Member

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    Your cable box and provider may be your bottleneck. The signal from the provider has to be UHD and the cable box has to output it to the TV in UHD. The only way I see UHD is on streaming services run on my Smart UHD TV.