Cables and Next Generation gaming systems

Discussion in 'Games' started by Spartacus, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. Spartacus macrumors member

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    Hey folks,

    I'm looking to purchase some cables for my Xbox 360 and possibly a future PS3. What specifications in cables are good to look for in regards to HDMI and optical audio? It looks like I could buy two 6' optical audio cables off of Ebay for about $10USD after shipping, but considering they sell for $50 at a brick and mortar store for only one, I'm concerned they may deliver a noticeably less quality experience. The same is true with HDMI.

    I'm not an audiophile, nor am I concerned with a philosophical (but non-noticeable) improvement in picture quality on my 1080i TV over component, so what are the things I should be looking for that will make a REAL WORLD difference to my gaming experience? Thanks!
     
  2. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a

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    I just picked up a bunch of Monster Cables off of Amazon.com and got an amazing deal.

    For the 360, I got Xbox 360 Component/Optical Audio Cable for $45.95, it retails for $69.95.

    For my cable box, I got DVI->HDMI 2M Cable. This one was the best bargain, I paid $11.95 and it retails for $119.95 :eek: :eek: . There were similar deals on HDMI->HDMI cables but I don't have a PS3 (or anything else for that matter!) that uses this sort of cable.

    I also picked up a couple of optical cables for $11.95 each.

    You can also check out www.monoprice.com. I've never delt with them but I hear good things from a couple of friends.

    Basically, my point here is if you shop around online, you can find some amazing deals. From my experience, brick and mortor stores charge an arm and a leg for these cables and its worth spending a few hours online looking for a deal.
     
  3. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502

    themanfromvlad

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    Monprice.com. Don't buy anywhere else. Brick & Mortar stores are a ripoff when it comes to cables.
     
  4. Spartacus thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm aware that the Internet is a much more cost-efficient place to buy cables, but my question is more about specifications. Not every HDMI and optical audio cable is the same, so what specific things should I be looking for in the cable to know I'll receive a quality product?
     

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