[quote=HaQue;2077090]I did a little research about cables when I bought some new large screen LCD’s. I didn’t even think about the cables until I found out how damm expensive some are. I wanted to know if it was worth spending the money for the Monster type ones or not.
As for the argument that “if the signal is digital all cables would work the same…” I found this is not true… check these links out:
Seems that the better cables do work better and some cheap ones are not worth buying at all.
I bought some Crest brand “platinum” cables for about $39 at Big W here in Adelaide, after trying Truscotts and getting told they were $80 but the kind salesman would let me have them for $60(yes, exact same cables). Lucky I had seen them at Big W first!
I have not noticed any picture problems at all.
BTW, the cables were only 1.2m a little limiting when hooking the laptop up to play blu-ray movies.[/quote]
Expensice HDMI Cables are a rip.
HDMI specifies a minimum performance requirement, excluding length (as it’s irrelevant on the proviso it satsifies the performance requirements).
A cable either complies, or doesn’t.
I paid $15au on ebay for a 1.8m HDMI v1.3 compliant cable, including P&H.
BigW, like kmart, target & all the other B&M stores are like a vacuum cleaner in your pocket. They don’t charge a price that’s suggested by the cost of the product, but a price that the market will bear.
You will be hard pressed to find a short HDMI cable that doesn’t satisfy the requirements. Congratulations if you have, you should be presented with an award shortly.
At any rate, if it doesn’t comply, you can take it back for a refund, preferably strangling the salesman for selling shoddy non-compliant products.
Over large lengths 10m-15m, higher quality cables become important. $300 for a 2m cable is nothing short of snake oil & support of an oversized, overly creative marketting department.