Originally Posted by Murlocke
HDMI is digital, a 99 cent cable will perform just as well as a $150 monster cable. Its either On or Off, nothing inbetween.
I would point fingers at your display or whatever you are hooking up.
Actually this is incorrect. HDMI has standards of production and cables are certified by HDMI to rate their performance. The cheap 99 cent cable is just a basic HDMI cable that hasn't been rated and is only certified to be at HDMI 1.0 which means that it will push some HDMI signal. However, with everything in today's market using more and more bandwidth and trying to push more and more through said cable, you'll want to get any cable that is certified as HDMI 1.3a Category II. This means that the cable will push over 1080p and will actually push 2xxxP for future standards.
Now, don't ever buy a Monster cable because it's not worth it. Any HDMI cable will state on the package it's certification. If it doesnt, it means that it's 1.0. Monster cables will never have the certification on the package because in order to keep stupid people paying more money, they leave that information out to improve their "brand" name.
Personally, I buy all my HDMI cables from http://www.monoprice.com
. Just make sure you get the HDMI 1.3a Category II cables and you'll never have to buy another again. This is the newest certification as well.
For more info, request a brochure from HDMI.org.