That is pretty much just a DVI cable with adaptor.
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HDMI cables are not just DVI cables with a different connector. The construction, geometry and number of wires is different, to my understanding.
Further, the wire gauge used in commercially available HDMI models is around 23 or 25 gauge or so, which poses no problems for anyone with a fine tip soldering iron and steady hands. Leave the worrying to me about that, Timrhu. I make my own cables all the time. I was just hoping someone would pass along the connector pin diagram with explanatory notes. I am SURE that once I get the proper info, I'll make a cable that will likely outperform most conventional designs. There are certain things cable makers don't do (or don't do well, more specifically) because of cost and production constraints. Further, I have some unique design philosophies not represented by the mainstream manufacturers, which should provide a fine comparison to these more conventional designs. Yes, DIYs can be time consuming and laborious, but I am retired, so I have the time to waste.
Thanks for the posts, but I will not be dissuaded so easily on my quest. I look forward to an informed, like-minded individual sharing their experience and knowledge with me, and they can rest assured I will likewise share my findings with them once the cable is made and compared to commercially available stuff. Maybe the commercially available stuff will blow away my efforts. Hasn't happened yet on the audio side when I DIY cables; I see no reason not to try on the video side of things, as well. And if I come up with something good, well, share and share alike is what I say!
I meant no disrespect but your original post lead me to believe you were a novice DIYer
I also build my own cables but my eyesight and hands aren't as steady as yours because I wouldn't attempt those cables. Best of luck with the project.
'Goners are the BEST! Hey, you all may be right and it might be useless to DIY this, but why not try? And if it kicks ass, I'll share the design.
No, I'm not a techie guy. No EE knowledge, no nothing. Just what I can pick up from you folks who are the real experts. I do know audio insofar as reducing distortions through sound engineering (vibration absorption, shielding, etc. No rocket science, I can assure you!) are concerned. But video? I'm lost, plain and simple. Completely ignorant. Dumber than a box of rocks, as they say. But I can learn, and I want to.
Thanks Ronnjay! I will definitely check that out. Looks great.
I could be wrong about differences between DVI and HDMI, but all that extra wire and signal for audio just makes me think there is a better way. I'll try and use only high grade wires, connectors, and shield the snot out of these puppies, grounding same and spacing the foil shield at least a half an inch away from the conductors using cotton batting to roll up the wires in for the spacing. That's it. Nothing brilliant. Just great parts and excellent shielding, all with room for the signals to breathe. That's all. Nothing magic or Einsteinian about it. No secret plans for world video cableing domination. Honest.
So yes, I really am a video novice, just trying to apply what I learned in audio. Maybe they don't correspond well. I hope I can come up with a better mousetrap, but we'll see. I might just fail miserably and end up buying what you 'Goners say is the best HDMI cable for the money. That would be fine, too. But I just want to give this a try and see if it works. That's all.
Thanks for all your posts, guys. They really are appreciated!
You were right and I was wrong! No way will I attempt a DIY HDMI cable, not until I get a degree in digital engineering! Man, oh, man! I checked out the HDMI patent and some very illuminating articles I found using Google. These idiots screwed everything up! They have so many different signals crammed into these tiny wires, that if you mess up even the tiniest thing, --BLAMMO!-- no video or audio! And they are PROUD of how they engineered all this stuff into a tiny cableing package (which, in turn, screwed up the video AND audio for folks who want the FINEST --and not the EASIEST-- cable system to use and set up!)
I certainly can't do what I wanted to: get rid of extraneous signal other than that required for video only. I've seen an HDMI vs DVI shootout years ago, and DVI blew it away! That was the real reason for my DIY quest. But that is over now. Like with Betamax, the winner (HDMI) is actually inferior to what came before it (DVI), from a purist's perspective on video. Oh, well!
You guys were absolutely right not to waste my time. Thanks for the advice, but I had to find out if it was possible. It may still be possible, but I can't do it.
So, let me ask: what HDMI cables do you guys recommend and why? I've seen the websites for Wireworld (Silver Starlight 5(2)), for Better Cables (the HDMI Reference Silver Serpent) and the Blue Jeans Cable (what? $21 or so? Now THAT'S inexpensive! And it looks good, too? YO, MAMA! Gotta LOVE it!) They all look so very nice, especially those lower priced jobs from BJC and BC. But the flat design of the Wireworld looks very, very intriguing (although the $300 price tag is much less intriguing than the others'!)
Well, what do you gentlemen think? Anyone else wish to chime in? Anyone seen all three in a side-by-side shoot-out?
Thanks! It's all appreciated so very much.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY LISTENING!
Damned straight, Timrhu! Thanks for the info and the post. I'm on it after the holidays. Will keep you posted. May order all three brands mentioned and the Audioquest cable, too. You know, have a big shoot-out once my TV arrives in early January. I ordered a Pioneer FD-150, the big 60'' Kuro job that is getting good ink everywhere. Saw their 50" non-elite model and was impressed. So this should be very informative. Personally, I'm rooting for the little guys, as is my wallet! I took a major hit on the Pioneer; hope it's worth it! 'Cause I'm gonna be livin' with it for a lo-o-o-o-ong while. (Hopefully I will have paid off the credit card bill by then!)
Thanks for all your help!