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$100 vs. $5 HDMI cables?

post #1 of 38
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So, I haven't been able to get a good read on what the price difference means? Is picture quality or life of the cable really going to change? Got a new 3d tv and I'd like to buy a cable that will last 5-6 yrs. Suggestions welcome.
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i have bought all my hdmi cables from newegg cheap and my cable dont seem to go bad i would rather spend 5$ per cable and have to replace them every couple years the a 100$ cable that only last double that and stuff that i have read doesnt say more money you spend means better product
post #3 of 38
It's a digital signal, so any cable that actually functions properly will be as good as any other cable that functions properly.
post #4 of 38
Good cables are around $10-$20 depending on the length, buy from a reputable brand, look for gold plating, good isolation..

From all I've bought, this one has been the best..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0031TRZX2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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post #5 of 38
I actually got ahold of a Monster Cable 1 meter HDMI cable and I compared them to a Panasonic JVC Sony cables and i could see the difference with the quality of gaming and fast moving objects especially on a Plasma tv. Plus the cable has lasted me several years now. Thous $5 cable allow alot of interference, which degrades the signal.

If you have a high end system that extra money is well worth it.
post #6 of 38
Monoprice.com has great prices on all kinds ans lengths of cables
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post #7 of 38
http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-Diamond-2m-Braided-Cable/dp/B003CT2A2M/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

i bought this one and it's awesome, it turned my 720p hdtv to 1080p
post #8 of 38
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Ok... so go mid-range for safety but they're all essentially the same... and I guess gold-plating improves connectivity? Thanks for the info.
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post #9 of 38
They're all the same, as a user pointed out above since it is a digital signal, it'll be exactly the same. You only need to worry about the cable if it's like 100 feet long.
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post #10 of 38
I've bought cables from monoprice, ebay, amazon, etc. All for around $1 a foot and have never had a single issue.. all were crisp and clear. If you are running it along side other wires or inside a wall just get a heavier sheath. Don't EVER pay for the "Monster Cable" premium.
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