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Rant Stupid high street stores

Discussion in 'General' started by Guest-16, 16 Oct 2008.

  1. Guest-16

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    I just want a cheap HDMI cable, how hard can that be? I'm not paying 40-****ing-quid for a 1M "GOLD OMG PLATED" BS because it's a DIGITAL connection and a £3 one will do.

    Maplin and PC World are useless.

    Ebuyer is £2.45: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130507, but I just want to nip out and get one tomorrow because I want to watch movies on a 32" not a 13" notebook this weekend! Bah. Crock of rip. And they wonder why people are turning to the internet for everything.
     
  2. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Wilkos, £5.
     
  3. Guest-16

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    None in Cardiff :(:(:( edit: totally wrong - they have two! I never knew!! :eeek:

    Might try Woolies actually - thanks for reminder.

    edit: £8 - getting better!
    Tesco - tenner.

    edit3: bungle got it - I just searched Argos too :):)
     
  4. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    \o/ £5 woot

    TY peeps.
     
  6. lcdguy

    lcdguy Minimodder

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    i am not sure if this helps you or not as i don't think they ship to the europe but i always have gotten great deals from www.monoprice.com
     
  7. iggy

    iggy Minimodder

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    tesco do ultracheap cables as well.
     
  8. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 What's a Dremel?

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    Hah, I know what you mean, I wanted to get an HDMI cable to test out if the TV worked better with one rather than component, went to Best Buy, 90$ for a 6ft HDMI cable.. Went to CompUSA, 85$ for 6ft, went to radioshack, 60$ for 6ft.. Insane. I stuck with component.
     
  9. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    I'm guessing this is the same Maplin who sponsored the UK Championships? I see now how they can afford it.
     
  10. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaactually.

    because HDMI cables are so thin, multistranded and stupid, carrying 1080p over any kind of distance (not 1m i agree) can actually be an issue. in this case, the "digital is digital" adage is a bit broken, but mainly works (ish).

    anyway, best site ever for cables:
    http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

    shock! the advice they give is generic and good!

    i also have the £5 argos cable, actually. it's fine. we're talking about when you need to run a cable up to, say, 5-10m. then the quality of the cable actually does matter. (HDMI is a truly awful interconnect for high end AV installations. why oh why doesn't the connector lock into place, for one!?)
     
  11. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    It's not usually an issue until you're using 15m+ cables or so, and even then a cheap shielded cable (as compared to a VERY cheap unshielded cable) will usually do the trick. Unless you're running an HDMI cable through a power plant, there's almost never a need for the premium cables, even if they are technically higher quality.
     
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    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    There's also one in Merthyr just down the A470.
     
  14. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    Do you not have markets down south? We have a stall selling AV stuff, phones, batteries, etc, has the cheap (but OK) Philex brand cables ebuyer and Play sell for under £5.
     
  15. skpstr

    skpstr What's a Dremel?

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    A few months ago I got a 1m HDMI cable with a DVI adaptor from Sainsburys for £6.99.
     
  16. johnnyboy700

    johnnyboy700 Minimodder

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    At the other end of the scale, how about Richer Sounds - £125!!

    There was a TV gadget show on Chanel Five a few months ago and took one of the really cheap cables and one of the £125 monsters and plugged them into two identical set ups, placed then side by side in a Shopping mall and invited passers by to spot the difference. Would it be a surprise if I said that very few people could?
     
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  17. dom_

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    1's and 0's look the same to me no matter what cable i use.
     
  18. Guest-16

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    Found a wilco's 1.3Miles from my house :D (next to Sainsburys on Colchester Av. if anyone is familiar with Cardiff).

    £5 - job done. Ended up watching Shooter in 720p out of my notebook to TV :)
     
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    Only heritage crafts and food markets in Tunbridge Wells, I gather. :p
     
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    DarkLord7854 What's a Dremel?

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