Ah. The lovely story of the HDMI cable. I'm sure lots of salesmen cried then they learned they can't pull the same tricks with customers as they did with their SCART cables.
Numerous tests have already concluded that there isn't any difference between a € 500, or a € 5 cable. See The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the cable must be able to handle the bandwidth you require based on the resolution you want to use. Other then that it's free game.
Also, I'm amazed someone thought it was smart to have three 50k cables on stock at Amazon.
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I think it's obvious that AudioQuest is an outlier (heavy emphasis on liar).
If you eliminate that particular manufacturer, a photography website with which I am familiar lists about 70 different 6 foot HDMI cables ranging from $2.99 to $47.50, 57% of which are under $15.
While there are differences in HDMI cables, in the build quality, level and amount of shielding and insulation, type and quality of connectors, HDMI cables are all pretty much the same. People have figured this out, too, which is why the price of HDMI cables have plunged in the past 18 months or so. Even Monster Cable doesn't get the kind of markup they used to.
I have found some cheap HDMI cables to be very thin, and on occasion, have had a bad cheap one (One time I purchased approximately 10 and 1 was defective at around $3 each). When I need a long cable, close to the distance limit of HDMI, then I do try to buy a thicker/better one, but I never spend more than approx. $25 each. For normal use, where I am installing a cable for monitor to pc and am done with it, the $3-10 range should be fine.
The only exceptions IMHO are:
1) Frequent plugging and unplugging, such as demos, projectors, etc. (of course size and weight is often a factory for travel as well....)
2) If you need some of the latest fancy features, such as Ethernet over HDMI, 3D, or ARC, then you need to make sure the cable is up to the latest spec.
3) If you are running the cable in the wall, I believe you are "supposed" to use a special UL rated "in-wall" application cable, where the price goes up and up....
It is amazing how so many retail stores are a complete rip off on these cables, because they know they can. I only buy mine online.
The biggest thing with HDMI is to check that they are the right version for what you need (1.4a is the latest).
Other than that, and long runs, I just buy whatever's cheapest.
That being said, if you're not using Monoprice's Redmere HDMI cables for long (>25 ft) runs, you really should be. I use them at home, and they're a life-saver.
They're expensive, but they beat running HDMI over Cat6 adapters. Just remember to double check that you're running the cable in the correct direction (they only work one way).
Don't get suckered into buying an HDMI 2.0 cable either. The cable can be your standard HDMI 1.4 cable but the device the HDMI is being connected to is what would be classified as HDMI 2.0 if sold as a HDMI 2 device.
One word: Monoprice. As low as $3.61 for 6' HDMI cables. Excellent quality on all of their products and some unique items.
As far as audiophile accessories, there are many suckers enthusiasts who believe in products like these:
Altmann Tube-O-Lator Lacquer
"The ALTMANN “TUBE-O-LATOR" lacquer is applied only on the top surface of plastic semiconductor packages of AD-converter-chips, DA-converter-chips, OP-amps and discrete transistors. After application, the overtone spectrum of these active devices changes immediately and permanently. The new sonic signature will be natural, full and tube-like. The ALTMANN “TUBE-O-LATOR" lacquer electromechanically balances the resonance-spectrum of the plastic chip package and semiconductor itself in such a way, that a natural sounding overtone- spectrum of the treated active device will be generated."
Codename Blue Meanies
Room Tuning Device
"Codename Blue Meanies, is a set of 4 adhesive-backed 3/4" blue dots that are attached to the walls of the listening room, one dot per wall.... Codename Blue Meanies operates via mind matter-interaction. The subconscious mind interacts with room boundaries, i.e., closed-in spaces, producing a claustrophobic reaction that interferes with and degrades the listener's sensory perception. It's like putting in a better set of interconnects."
SHAKTI's ground zero technology increases the resolution of audio and video systems!
"Through an energy conversion, inductive coupling process, the "antenna-like" circuits within SHAKTI attract and then resistively convert EMI to non-interfering heat. This increases horsepower and speeds up 0 to 60 times in automotive engines and improves resolution in high definition audio/video systems."
I've been shopping at SnapAV for over 6 years. I do not buy anything else. They are not expensive with option of multiple versions per distance and many 50' hdmi cable which were stretched withing walls did not failed me. I would Recomend them any time.
Multiple versions options would be... retail box, plain cable or fancy carbon wrap. They stand behind their testing results but my real world test what matters most and they passed.
Monoprice is great for value products, but if you need more professional oriented gear (like locking HDMI cable), you need SnapAV. We have used both and never had issues.
If you are looking for distributor level pricing, but want a reliable Chinese mfg, check out pimfg.com. PI has been around since at least the mid nineties. We used to buy all of our PC oriented cables from them back in our PC/IT days.
IPVMU Certified | 06/09/14 12:28pm
We used to spend a lot of money on HDMI cables, a couple weeks ago I was ordering a new LED monitor for my desk and saw "Add Amazon Basics HDMI $5.99". Thought why not? Cable works like anyother, seems to be built well, good connectors and guage doesnt seem "cheap". Only time will tell. I dont have any 3D or HDMI eithernet devices so I cant speak for that.