Mac Mini as HTPC: What HDMI Cable to Buy?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by legaleye3000, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    I got the mini-displayport+USB(sound) to HDMI adapter. I just need a HDMI cable to plug into the adapter now...

    What is a cheap good HDMI cable? What kind should I get? 1.3 or 1.4? Does it matter?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Doesn't matter. Buy one from monoprice for a few $.
     
  3. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Which one though? There's a bunch of them... Type A, Type B. Category 1 or 2. 1.3a, 1.3b, 1.3c, 1.4 ..... ?
     
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  5. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    On the packaging for the adapter I just bought from Monoprice, I just saw it... It says, "Supports Mini Displayport 1.1a input, USB 2.0 input and HDMI 1.2a output"

    Do I have to get a 1.2a cable, or will a 1.3 work fine? Should I return the adapter if it says it only supports up to 1.2a?

    Thank you!
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The cables are backwards compatible. You won't get deep color or TrueHD/DTS-MA audio but I'm not sure if the mini could output those anyway.
     
  7. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have non-HD cable. So whether or not it supports TrueHD/DTS-MA audio doesn't matter, right?

    Also, how do I find out if the Mini supports TrueHD/DTS-MA audio?

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  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If you are only interested in cable, even HD cable, then TrueHD/DTS-MA are a non-issue anyhow. They are only available on Blu-Ray disc or in HD rips of said disks.
     
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    Those are blu-ray audio formats, so there is no support.
     
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  12. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good point... I'll get the same one in 6 ft.. Thanks!
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Personally, I would go for the thicker cable (24awg). But either should be fine.
     

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