BAMF Manufacturing RG6 Cable Splitter Kit

We recently upgraded to FiOS internet, which we didn’t want to do but really weren’t going to pay more for embarrassingly slow DSL, and telecommunications in this country are terrible as far as provider selection. With it came a whole new setup, as we were moving from copper lines to fiber optics and coaxial cables. Suffice to say we were ill prepared, until BAMF Manufacturing offered us their RG6 Cable Splitter kit. Talk about timing!

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See, while Verizon FiOS uses fiber optics to get the service up to the house, once there they use good old-fashioned co-ax cables. and rest assured they use the cheapest stuff they can find, bought in bulk. BAMF Manufacturing save the day for us, because their kit came right when our install was done and it allowed us to split the signal for internet, and TV, with no signal loss of degradation. The shielding was adequate that two cables run side by side through the attic gave off no interference or noise. In fact, our installer commented on the quality of the cables and splitter being better than anything he had in his truck! He even wanted to keep out included cable assist wrench because it was so handy! Sorry, Mr. Installer, but that little guy is ours!

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BAMF Manufacturing went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied customers and gave us a level of personal attention I wasn’t used to, but genuinely appreciated. Their products are hand-assembled in the USA and that’s always a plus I can get behind. Their RG6 cables are quality and we’ve had speeds in excess of our allotment for Verizon on multiple occasions, and I’d like to think that BAMF Manufacturing’s Cable Splitter Kit had something to do with that!

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Fusion 4K High-Speed 4K HDMI Cable Review

Ever since the introduction of high-definition television sets, there has been a glut of misinformation and confusion in the marketplace, most often fostered, if not outright encouraged, by the very people purporting to help you make heads or tails of all of it. One of the biggest upsells that people got stuck with was HDMI cables. A certain marketplace “monster” made a killing selling grossly overpriced HDMI (and a plethora of other) cables to the unwitting consumer, and retailers were only too happy to play along, because there was an unbelievable amount of markup and profit to be made. The same goes for “calibrating” your new TV, but that’s a post for another day. Today we get to go over Fusion4K’s high-speed HDMI cable.

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To start, most of us do not have a 4K TV.  4K is considered “Ultra High Definition”, which is a horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels. Far in excess of what the current high definition standard is, and far beyond the capabilities of most affordable consumer electronics. There is also precious little 4K content out there either, so rushing out and getting the “bleeding edge” of technology is not advised. Likewise, we’re pushing past the boundaries of what the human eye can even distinguish as far as resolution. I say all that to tell you that while this cable is capable of transmitting 4K resolution, 3D, x.v.Color, sYCC601, Adobe RGB, and has all the bells and whistles of gold-plated connectors, heavy duty braided shielding, and what feels like heavy gauge (the don’t state the wire gauge on the package or the Amazon listing) 100% copper cores, there’s absolutely no reason to spend 5 times the money of a Monoprice or Amazon Basics cable. It’s a digital cable. It conforms to the HDMI 2.0 standard, so it works, or it doesn’t. Everything else is smoke and mirrors. What’s worse is the warranty. Monoprice, for example, will warranty their cables for life. And I know this because they’ve replaced, at no cost, a cable that failed me. It was 8 years old, covered in shmutz and they didn’t care. 3 days later, brand new cable. Fusion 4K warranties theirs for just 1 year.

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The picture from Fusion4K’s cable was identical to the Monoprice cable I have installed normally. It was also identical to the cheap no-name cable that was  included years ago in some package or another that we keep around as a spare. So between the $35 3ft Fusion4K cable, the $5 6ft. Monoprice cable, and the free 6ft. no-name cable, there was not a single visual or aural difference, no performance issues, no connection issues, no signal issues. I can not see a single reason to pay such an absurd markup for a cable that performs exactly the same as every other cable I’ve tested. The plusses are that it transmits ethernet signal for your connected smart TV, it’s HDMI 2.0 compliant, it feels like a heavy-gauge cable, and has similar braided shielding as those that are rated for in-wall installation, though it doesn’t specifically state that it is safe for an in-wall installation. But it’s major negative is the price. So yes, it works, but I don’t see why you’d need to pay nearly $40 for a 3ft. cable (and let’s be honest, most of us need a 6ft or longer cable, which bumps the price up to $49.99) when the cheap basic ones perform exactly the same, spec for spec. The choice is yours.

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