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[ER] HDMI Investigated. Are Expensive Cables A Scam?

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http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-...-cables-a-scam
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Expensive HDMI cables have been a bit of a hot topic for us, and the consumer electronics industry as a whole, for some years. Some believe they're a waste of money; it's a digital cable, so either it works or it doesn't. Others claim there's potential for subtle variations in performance, while some insist that there's a huge gulf between the picture and sound quality from cheap and expensive cables, and that the differences are easy to spot. So who's right?
Let it be known throughout the land!
Honestly, some of the results did surprise me...
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2 words Best Buy..
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I prefer monoprice.
    
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2 words Best Buy..
I like $25 USB cables.

I worked for them when I was a teenager and got in trouble for telling people not to buy them with their printers, and just to order them online. I even tell people in the store if they are laboring over purchasing the cord because it cost 1/4 as much as their cheap printer.
    
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2 words Best Buy..
..is overpriced.

The addition of my two words to your two words makes it a complete sentence!
     
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Hmm...$7.99 for a 6ft cable from Amazon or $700 for a 6ft AudioQuest cable from Best Buy. Hmm....
Edited by fraudbrand - 2/16/11 at 9:51am
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Hmm...$7.99 for a 6ft cable from Amazon or $700 for a 6ft AudioQuest cable from Best Buy. Hmm....
A few months ago I was able to snag 2 6" HDMI cables for 3.95, free 2 day shipping.
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ok i'm having hard time reading this...



So.. Judging by that picture... there is really "no different" between uberly expenive cable and cheap cable.. since majority can't tell the different between cheap and expenive cable in terms of quality



Sums up the price

Linx cable: £8
Ecosse cable: £15
QED cable: £25
Monkey: £77
AudioQuest Forest cable: £168
van den Hul Ultimate £300 (Premier?)

And if you're confused on how to read the chart
Test1: Linx (A)/Forest (B) (NO DIFFERENCE = can't decide which is better)

Edit: why people can't just stay on topic for at least a page.. half way in the page already detrailed...
Edited by DrDarkTempler - 2/16/11 at 10:17am
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I got my $3 Rosewill cable from Newegg on Black Friday. Works fine.
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Originally Posted by Pao View Post
..is overpriced.

The addition of my two words to your two words makes it a complete sentence!
Honestly, The only thing I like about the 100$ monster cables I sell at best buy is that When a new technology comes out you get the free upgrade. So when the High end 3d Bluray 70gbps hdmi's come out youll get that cable for free. Its not all a scam. but for most people who wouldnt know the difference it iss too much money.

Visually you wont see much difference depending on the cable. For those of us with 7.1 surround setups we will hear the difference even on non surround systems you can tell.
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