'For' should be for punchy pictures: amended.
The first 'punchy' refers to the picture performance, the second one to the sound quality.
Anyhow.... just a pound more buys you a much better cable:
To what hifi:
Then start a poll to see who can see/hear differences. I can't and boy have I tried.
Review is idiotic. HDMI is a digital standard; cable quality can't have subtle qualitative effects on the sound or picture, it'll either introduce loud, glaring errors or it won't. I guarantee that if you blind test this against one of the sillier cables (or just dump the output and compare byte-for-byte) you'll find that they're identical.
notwoms... thank you for posting this before i did.
reviewers with no background knowledge wrt electronics might want to avoid writing misleading reviews. these cables work just fine, and the build quality isn't half bad either!
I used to use one of these cables from my camcorder to my tv and it made my wife look more horrible than usual. I upgraded to a �100 cable and now my wife looks like Cheryl Cole!!
A pound more expensive - that's for sure.
And the other question?
Andy Clough> The first 'punchy' refers to the picture performance, the second one to the sound quality.
But one of the headline 'for' points is 'punchy sound'
Can What HiFi explain how a different cable can send a different digital signal which results in sound with less punch or more gaudy colours?
Also paragraph two states the 'Basics' are punchy, where paragraph three goes on to state that there is a lack of punch, so it is difficult to ascertain whether it is punchy or not.
imightbewrong> You are absolutely right - the review contradicts itself. Mind you it is pretty futile trying to rationalise a reveiw that is written in techno-gibberish.
What a ludicrous review. HDMI is digital. The signal is passed as voltage levels representing digital '1' or digital '0'. Yes HDMI leads are susceptible to interference but to have an adverse effect it has to be so severe that a '1' is interpretted as a '0' or vice versa. And if this were to happen the observed effect would be stark - picture break-up, pixelisation (like you get when receiveing digital TV when the weather is poor). There is no way a signal can be interpretted as '1' and a bit or '0' and a bit to give subtle results like this review suggests. Maybe over long distances 50m or more you might get enough interference or attenuation to degrade the signal to the point where it is noticable but then it will be observed as picture or sound breakup. The review is clearly nonsense. What is more worrying is if a review of something so simple can be this flawed how can I trust reviews of complex equipment.
What is even more idiotic is gold plated Ethernet cables for Audio! All these years millions of machines have been connected via standard copper Cat5.
Then came along some people with ears and the complete subjectivity of audio and they realised that by covering the cable in gold the cable would be better!
1's were no longer just 1's and 0's no longer just 0's!
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