07-07-2012 12:17 AM
Any Audioquest or Monster cable is fine. For short runs, most cables, even cheap ones will work, but a quality cable will offer better connectors, and will be less lucky to fail from stress when pulled through the wall for example. Personally, I feel anything over a $50.00 cable is overkill unless you are running over say 8 feet.
As with speaker wire, there is a lot of snake oil sales hype intended to get you to spend big bucks for little or no gain.
07-07-2012 02:27 AM
Absolute hogwash!!! There is absolutely *NO REASON* to spend huge amounts of money for a single HDMI cable on consumer equipment.
For get the hogwash about "better connectors". Most people connect the cable and then don't touch it for years, or for as long as they own their equipment.
Pulling cable through the wall is not affected by build quality. Trust me, I have pulled plenty. The cheapest cable around survives just as well as the expensive stuff.
HDMI delivers a purely digital signal. Either the signal [path exists, or it does not. No amount of shielding, crosstalk shielding, twisting, or any of the other bullsh*t that the expensive cables claims makes a bit of difference.
Buy the cheapest cables in the version of HDMI you want; and try to keep it as short as possible for your needs. Use the money you save to buy movies, or treat yourself to a good meal; don't waste it on those expensive cables whose only true design philosophy is to remove as much money from your bank account as possible.
07-07-2012 05:46 AM
I am new to the market but my friend is a TV tech and said the same as the last poster. Most people will not and cannot tell the difference between a 10 dollar cable and a 50 dollar cable.
I bought the Dynex 6 foot cables and the picture is great with my plasma TV. I got them on sale too
07-08-2012 12:25 PM
07-08-2012 01:05 PM
Did you notice in my comment that I addressed this issue? I suggested that he uy the cheapest cable that is compliant with the version of HDMI supported by his TV. There are cheap cables that support 1.4a or higher. The benefit is that if you need ot upgrade to a new version of HDMI, you haven't wasted tons of money on your old cables which now do not support the newer versions.
07-08-2012 01:56 PM
07-08-2012 08:19 PM
Cheap cables are one thing, but make sure they are rated CL2 if they are going to be in-wall. (Fire code for fumes and fire propagation)