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Windows 7: Gold plated HDMI cable - brown spots?

05 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Gold plated HDMI cable - brown spots?


I bought a 'gold' plated HDMI cable for around 5 quid over the holidays, which I haven't yet opened, but can see through the packaging that the 'gold' plated connectors have brown spots over them?

Is that normal or send them back?


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05 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

I'd say you got a cheapish cable.

The gold plating is actually extremely thin - typically these sort of connectors are made of copper (high conductivity) -- these are the brownish spots you are seeing -- with a very, very, very thin film of gold (higher conductivity).

I don't think this will affect the performamce though. Perhaps others can offer a better insight into it.

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06 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

hmmm...........reading about this gold-plated HDMI cable, I remembered something which I had read, when I was looking for HDMI cables. Here it is. The HDMI Cable Rip-off |

Note: I am not against Monster cables. I had purchased quite a few Monster cables from Best Buy and carried them over to India like a priced possession for my AV needs, but there is some sense in it. :) These are anyway best in their class for that purpose and at that time.

The point here is that when the signal is 100% digital, even the cheapest cable will do. No need for gold-plating, RF shielding and gas injected or jelly-filled cables.
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06 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I get my cables from HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!. They are high quality and very nice cables at a very low price. It's the best of both worlds really.
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06 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I have noticed what I believe is the HDMI cable rip off. I've seen them for sale in a well known "Electronics Store" here for ~ $60. This is the digital equivalent of the analog "Golden Ear" type exotic cables. The fact that it's digital makes makes it more of a rip off. Supply and demand eventually sorts this out.
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06 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Supply and demand eventually sorts this out.
That plus education and resistance to high pressure sales tactics.
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