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I recently got LG4100ST Set Top Box and are looking for suitable DVI cable to connect to my plasma. Can anyone suggest good DVI Cable?

I have seen a few which range from 19.95 to 200(Monster).

How about other types of connection, is DVI the best connection for this set top box?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you

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I think you get what you pay for, Monster make a good range and if you buy from the US they are a lot cheaper. If you want to buy locally Belkin have just released a range ("Pure AV" I think) that look interesting. I was disappointed with my Lindy HDMI cable (2m) it went back, I think there longer cables are ok though.

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jaycar make a good cable and its only about 20 bucks. i guess it depends on how long a cable you need. others have suggested that over shorter runs it really doesn't matter too much who's cable you use as long as theend connections are half reasonable

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I was disappointed with my Lindy HDMI cable (2m) it went back, I think there longer cables are ok though.

really? it was suggested to me to consider the lindy 2m HDMI cable if i needed one (still to decide on plasma, but probably like you: the pioneer 434).

what didn't you like about it? what was noticably wrong, and compared with what? what are you now using? :blink:

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The Lindy HDMI plug was a poor fit in my Gefen switch box, the slightest movement caused interference; the HDMI plug seemed to be poorly made. The cable itself was very thin, no thicker than normal coax. Lindy was very good about it and passed my complaint onto the manufacturer and gave me a full refund. As I said I think their longer cables are a higher quality item. The manufacturer stated the cable was within the HDMI standard, that’s fine but I like things to be above standard for piece of mind, you spend tens of thousands of dollars on your system why connect it with a fifty dollar cable that could compromise the final PQ. Cables like Monster are superbly made, sure there overpriced if you buy them in Australia but at least you know you are getting a quality product, go to Domayne or where ever and have a close look at a Monster HDMI or DVI cable, the plugs are of a very high standard and the outer sheaf of the cable looks like it could withstand a truck running over it.

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jaycar make a good cable and its only about 20 bucks. i guess it depends on how long a cable you need. others have suggested that over shorter runs it really doesn't matter too much who's cable you use as long as theend connections are half reasonable

I second this... for shorter length there won't be ANY difference in PQ. The jaycar cable is also decently made, is pretty thick, decent connectors, apart from the pretty packaging; it is a good choice...

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The Lindy HDMI plug was a poor fit in my Gefen switch box, the slightest movement caused interference; the HDMI plug seemed to be poorly made.  The cable itself was very thin, no thicker than normal coax.

Well, he was asking about DVI and not HDMI. Both the cheaper, shorter Lindy DVI cables and the longer, more expensive SLD Lindy cables have great connectors. The cheaper stuff is certainly much thicker than coax too. If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:
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The Lindy HDMI plug was a poor fit in my Gefen switch box, the slightest movement caused interference; the HDMI plug seemed to be poorly made. The cable itself was very thin, no thicker than normal coax.

Cables like Monster are superbly made, sure there overpriced if you buy them in Australia but at least you know you are getting a quality product

i would agree that it is often worth paying more for build quality even if the performance is identical (you have to weigh up every product this way). fortunately it seems like you and i can (kinda) afford this; granted it is not always great value and i see why people choose cheaper products. :blink:

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If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:

Here we go again .....

Quadhammer: Did you ask for a refund with your Monster DVI cable when you found it didn't meet your expectations?

RSA: Jaycar have a 2m DVI cable for around $29.95 (can't remember whether more or less) that I use from a TEAC HD-STB to a top-notch HD plasma and it is perfect for me. If I had a lot more money I might try a Monster to see if it gave any improvement, but the difference in PQ would probably be negligible at best.

However, I'm still using 20-yr old Monster audio cables. They look and perform as good as new after however many hundreds of cable changes. You get what you pay for in build quality! ... and looks?

ALL: My new favourite - as of today! - in good quality low-cost RGB/Component Video cables is 'Maxcable Pro-Series'. Picked up a 3m set at Betta Elec for $16 (sticker = $29.95)! This supercedes my previous favourite: SoundLink at the same prices. Both are thicker cables than Avico, ConCord, Digitor, Crest, etc.

2i cents,

Ian

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If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:

Here we go again .....

Quadhammer: Did you ask for a refund with your Monster DVI cable when you found it didn't meet your expectations?

RSA: Jaycar have a 2m DVI cable for around $29.95 (can't remember whether more or less) that I use from a TEAC HD-STB to a top-notch HD plasma and it is perfect for me. If I had a lot more money I might try a Monster to see if it gave any improvement, but the difference in PQ would probably be negligible at best.

However, I'm still using 20-yr old Monster audio cables. They look and perform as good as new after however many hundreds of cable changes. You get what you pay for in build quality! ... and looks?

ALL: My new favourite - as of today! - in good quality low-cost RGB/Component Video cables is 'Maxcable Pro-Series'. Picked up a 3m set at Betta Elec for $16 (sticker = $29.95)! This supercedes my previous favourite: SoundLink at the same prices. Both are thicker cables than Avico, ConCord, Digitor, Crest, etc.

2i cents,

Ian

Don't know about DVI, but for Component, I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off :P

A bit OT, but Ian, how is the Maxcable? That is an awesome price for component cables, IF it compares in PQ to the big-guns...

Ritesh

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If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:

Here we go again .....

Quadhammer: Did you ask for a refund with your Monster DVI cable when you found it didn't meet your expectations?

RSA: Jaycar have a 2m DVI cable for around $29.95 (can't remember whether more or less) that I use from a TEAC HD-STB to a top-notch HD plasma and it is perfect for me. If I had a lot more money I might try a Monster to see if it gave any improvement, but the difference in PQ would probably be negligible at best.

However, I'm still using 20-yr old Monster audio cables. They look and perform as good as new after however many hundreds of cable changes. You get what you pay for in build quality! ... and looks?

ALL: My new favourite - as of today! - in good quality low-cost RGB/Component Video cables is 'Maxcable Pro-Series'. Picked up a 3m set at Betta Elec for $16 (sticker = $29.95)! This supercedes my previous favourite: SoundLink at the same prices. Both are thicker cables than Avico, ConCord, Digitor, Crest, etc.

2i cents,

Ian

Don't know about DVI, but for Component, I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off :P

A bit OT, but Ian, how is the Maxcable? That is an awesome price for component cables, IF it compares in PQ to the big-guns...

Ritesh

I have a maxcable scart cable - excellent build, great picture quality - I used it with my teac sd box and could not fault it.

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If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:

Here we go again .....

Quadhammer: Did you ask for a refund with your Monster DVI cable when you found it didn't meet your expectations?

RSA: Jaycar have a 2m DVI cable for around $29.95 (can't remember whether more or less) that I use from a TEAC HD-STB to a top-notch HD plasma and it is perfect for me. If I had a lot more money I might try a Monster to see if it gave any improvement, but the difference in PQ would probably be negligible at best.

However, I'm still using 20-yr old Monster audio cables. They look and perform as good as new after however many hundreds of cable changes. You get what you pay for in build quality! ... and looks?

ALL: My new favourite - as of today! - in good quality low-cost RGB/Component Video cables is 'Maxcable Pro-Series'. Picked up a 3m set at Betta Elec for $16 (sticker = $29.95)! This supercedes my previous favourite: SoundLink at the same prices. Both are thicker cables than Avico, ConCord, Digitor, Crest, etc.

2i cents,

Ian

Don't know about DVI, but for Component, I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off :P

A bit OT, but Ian, how is the Maxcable? That is an awesome price for component cables, IF it compares in PQ to the big-guns...

Ritesh

I have a maxcable scart cable - excellent build, great picture quality - I used it with my teac sd box and could not fault it.

Ok, that's it I am checking these babies out for my next cable purchase, so Betta Electrical keep these, is it? Any other store?

Ritesh

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If you pay the extra $300 for Monster you're getting what you pay for all right: a brand name. :blink:

Here we go again .....

Quadhammer: Did you ask for a refund with your Monster DVI cable when you found it didn't meet your expectations?

RSA: Jaycar have a 2m DVI cable for around $29.95 (can't remember whether more or less) that I use from a TEAC HD-STB to a top-notch HD plasma and it is perfect for me. If I had a lot more money I might try a Monster to see if it gave any improvement, but the difference in PQ would probably be negligible at best.

However, I'm still using 20-yr old Monster audio cables. They look and perform as good as new after however many hundreds of cable changes. You get what you pay for in build quality! ... and looks?

ALL: My new favourite - as of today! - in good quality low-cost RGB/Component Video cables is 'Maxcable Pro-Series'. Picked up a 3m set at Betta Elec for $16 (sticker = $29.95)! This supercedes my previous favourite: SoundLink at the same prices. Both are thicker cables than Avico, ConCord, Digitor, Crest, etc.

2i cents,

Ian

Don't know about DVI, but for Component, I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off :P

A bit OT, but Ian, how is the Maxcable? That is an awesome price for component cables, IF it compares in PQ to the big-guns...

Ritesh

I have a maxcable scart cable - excellent build, great picture quality - I used it with my teac sd box and could not fault it.

I have tried the maxcable and they are not to bad at all

If you want some good priced cables please dont buy from HN as they jack up the price hard

Have a look at the Crest Xstream cables i have used these to connect my pre\pro and power amp in the past they are of very very goiod build quality and great conectors.

In actual fact i did a setup of a Lexicon MC8 and LX amp using these as the owner did not allow for cables in his budget and these work a treat

For Melbourne people if at any time you would like a group buy on these let me know as for others the money saved will partly be taken up bny freight.

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Ok, that's it I am checking these babies out for my next cable purchase, so Betta Electrical keep these, is it? Any other store?

Ritesh

I actually bought my maxcable from tivoli - wasn't thinking at the time probably paid a bomb for them - you'd probably get them cheaper elsewhere.

If maxcable made a dvi-d cable I'd give it a go.

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Quadhammer I was actually referring to Shinycars question

it was suggested to me to consider the lindy 2m HDMI cable if I needed one
regardless the Lindy cable I returned was a 2m HDMI/DVI cable. Again for the record the HDMI plug was a loose fit and the cable the size of coax, not very inspiring stuff. I actually went for Lindy because I thought they were locally produced cables, there not, they are out sourced from an overseas manufacturer. Anyway the bottom line is I am happy with the Monster and I was not happy with the Lindy, that’s what free choice is all about.
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Surely being a digital interface, if you are getting a picture that isn't corrupted, then the cable isn't going to make a lick of difference. 

Danny.

That is perfectly true. However, the cheaper (or longer) cables aren't good enough and the picture is being slightly corrupted. Unfortunately there is no error detction or correction with DVI and it does not take much to slightly corrupt the signal.

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I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off
THIS is exactly the reason that I DON'T use them on my present 'consumer' system - unless I have run out of mid-price cables and need them for a temporary fit. I can't tell you how many times I have found RCA female jacks stuck in the ends from being ripped out of some piece of equipment I no longer use (or have sold - sorry purchasers, but I didn't know at the time! Honest .....!!
A bit OT, but Ian, how is the Maxcable? That is an awesome price for component cables,
Don't forget I'm a good negotiator, mate!!! They don't like selling to me that low, but it's a sort of a game we play with each other. :blink:
IF it compares in PQ to the big-guns..
Can't answer this yet - the 3m length is too long! I only bought it because it was the last Max they had (..... and .... see above)!

Cheers,

Ian

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I had Monster Cables, 2 of them. Whilst the quality was top-notch, there was a particular aspect which wasn't to my liking. I found the connectors at the end to be really really tight ! Reading in a few forums, it seems I was not alone. It was so tight, that when taking them from my plasma I was scared I might pull the whole back-face off
THIS is exactly the reason that I DON'T use them on my present 'consumer' system - unless I have run out of mid-price cables and need them for a temporary fit. I can't tell you how many times I have found RCA female jacks stuck in the ends from being ripped out of some piece of equipment I no longer use (or have sold - sorry purchasers, but I didn't know at the time! Honest .....!!

i've only used a few MC in the past. i recall previous models having very tight terminals as mentioned. but i now have a couple current-models, and they must have addressed this issue. instead of 'straight cut' terminals, they feature 'turbine cut' on the ones i have (component MCV3) and these are great. firm grip but not overly tight.

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I agree about MC being a tight fit, I actually pulled a RCA plug out of a Onkyo Amp using MC interconnect cables. Obviously with HDMI and DVI the tight fit does not really apply, in fact the tighter the better (within reason) particularly with HDMI. I understand in theory there should be no benefit between different digital cables, I mean digital you either get or you don’t, 1's & O and all that. But if you have a poor quality cable with inadequate shielding there is going to be degradation in the signal due to interference

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I'm researching DVI cables over a long distance, say 10 meters, for a PC to Plasma link (from study to loungeroom)

I anticipate there may be problems with such a long distance, and an expensive high quality cable is probably needed.

(I also need a 10 meter optical audio cable for same set-up)

Anyone have any experience they can add for this sort of set-up?

Steve

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I'm researching DVI cables over a long distance, say 10 meters, for a PC to Plasma link (from study to loungeroom)

I anticipate there may be problems with such a long distance, and an expensive high quality cable is probably needed.

(I also need a 10 meter optical audio cable for same set-up)

Anyone have any experience they can add for this sort of set-up?

Steve

There was a long thread on 15m+ DVI cables a few months back. Do a search for "+darrylp +DVI +Lindy". From memory, 10m was not a major issue but 15m+ was more of a problem.

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