After installing the cable
to my Sony VPL-HS51 projector I re-checked all my calibrations to ensure there
were no variances from just the cable. Everything checked out just fine. I
then went through a lot of different video content ranging from DVD to HD
cable to pre-recorded D-Theater High Definition content.
DVD playback I used both my reference Denon DVD-5910 Universal Player and the
new Lexicon RT-20 Universal Player. Both of these players deliver a great image with standard definition DVDs.
With this new cable, I noticed an incredible amount
of detail and complete lack of artifacts with some of my reference transfers
such as Disneyís The Incredibles and Universalís The Chronicles of
Riddick. This compared to my previous HDMI cables where I had been getting the annoying dropouts every once in awhile.
This is something that had been driving both my wife and I insane at times.
Moving on to high definition
feeds from my HD PVR, I was thrilled with the artifact-free delivery of some of
my recorded content. Images were extremely clean and detailed and the only
artifact noticed was compression issues inherent in the commercial system. I
really wish that broadcasters would stop trying to cram a million channels
onto their streams and start making the channels they have look better. It is
the only way they will ever take over as the delivery medium of choice for
content. One gets awfully tired of the swimming effect of compression in the
signal and the pronounced macro-blocking with fast movement.
but not least I connected the Nordost cable to the HDMI output of my JVC
D-Theater D-VHS deck. I looked through several of my pre-recorded titles such
as Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, and I, Robot. The
Nordost cable delivered in spades without a single dropout at 1080i throughout
all of the films. Detail was exquisite, especially with I, Robot which
I feel represents the best pre-recorded high definition film to date. Colors
were impeccable, and the lack of artifacts was very satisfying. At last, the
dropouts were gone.
The difference when
viewing pre-recorded high definition via a digital connection rather than an
analog connection is not as subtle as most would think (at least in a digital
setup like mine). Fine detail takes a big step up as does the pop of the
colors. Analog conversions and filtering do take their toll. The Nordost HDMI
cable preserved the presentation and never once broke the image up or caused
any dropouts of any kind, something I canít say for HDMI cables Iíve used in
Unfortunately, at this point
in time I am unable to test the cable for audio performance. While I will be
upgrading my reference Anthem D1 Surround Sound Processor to the D2 which will
add audio support for HDMI, this is still a little ways down the road. I will
update this review at that point though and comment on the audio performance
of this cable with both movie soundtracks and DVD-Audio playback.
My experiences here have definitely changed some of my outlooks on cables.
The quality of the construction of
cables used for high frequency (MHz) digital signal transmission is really
important. Cutting corners in construction
and quality of terminations can result in frequent losses of signal, or worse,
a total loss. No one wants to have their friends over for a night at the
movies only to have to fiddle with the cable all the time because of dropouts;
believe me Iíve been there. Nordost seems to subscribe to this philosophy and
has delivered a cable with phenomenal build, quality, and performance.