Why You Should Never, Ever Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables


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My recommendation? Amazon.com has some great HDMI cables priced at under $3. I have around 5 of these at home and they work just as well as those $250 monstrosity.

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26 Responses to Why You Should Never, Ever Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables

  1. That’s true. Before I bought my HD TV, I order some really nice and strong hdmi cables on ebay (2 cables for 10$). My friend follow me and bought an HD TV too but even if I tell him to order some cables on ebay or amazon, he didn’t listen to me and bought it directly at the store. Only one cable of the same lenght cost him like 60$. It seems that a lot of people prefer to pay the big prince instead of order something from the internet even if they save a lot of money.

  2. That's true. Before I bought my HD TV, I order some really nice and strong hdmi cables on ebay (2 cables for 10$). My friend follow me and bought an HD TV too but even if I tell him to order some cables on ebay or amazon, he didn't listen to me and bought it directly at the store. Only one cable of the same lenght cost him like 60$. It seems that a lot of people prefer to pay the big prince instead of order something from the internet even if they save a lot of money.

  3. I agree with all this except for the reason “it’s just 1′s and 0′s”. Try to make ethernet cable with flat telephone cable instead of a twisted pair cable and you’ll notice the difference. Yet it’s the same 1′s and 0′s trying to go through.

    • with HDMI though it's pretty simple – it either works or it doesn't. if my $5 cable ever fails (doubtful as it never moves) I won't have a problem replacing it, but my friends with a $120 cable might.

      • IF this were true than there wouldn’t be error correction circuits in all the TVs. You can drop 1 bit in every byte and let your TV guess at what it’s supposed to be if you want but for me a cheep cable on an HDTV is like bald tires on a Ferrari. It’ll go down the road but watch out on the corners.

      • IF this were true than there wouldn't be error correction circuits in all the TVs. You can drop 1 bit in every byte and let your TV guess at what it's supposed to be if you want but for me a cheep cable on an HDTV is like bald tires on a Ferrari. It'll go down the road but watch out on the corners.

      • Can you tell me what tests, etc that can back this up? What do you do for a living?

        By the way, their cable has a lifetime warranty, certain models have a lifetime upgrade policy too.

        • I sell and install custom home theaters. I have been in the business since the days of the 8-track. I just changed out a cheep cable in my system (yes i tried to save some money) trying to get rid of some glitchy issues, block breakup and handshake issues, I put in a 1000 series hoping to clear up these problems and not only did they all go away but the colors got richer. On very short cables, 3 to 4 foot you probably won't see much difference but on longer cables it becomes very evident.
          Check out this link -http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests for more info.

        • I sell and install custom home theaters. I have been in the business since the days of the 8-track. I just changed out a cheep cable in my system (yes i tried to save some money) trying to get rid of some glitchy issues, block breakup and handshake issues, I put in a 1000 series hoping to clear up these problems and not only did they all go away but the colors got richer. On very short cables, 3 to 4 foot you probably won't see much difference but on longer cables it becomes very evident.
          Check out this link -http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/long-hdmi-cable-bench-tests for more info.

        • Thanks, I use 1000 series. I was hoping whoever posted that image that all

          cables are alike would post proof that is such. THey post no data saying

          they are all alike, so they are just an asshole posting shit. I want to see

          a 1.4 3d handshake on a 5 dollar cable.

        • I have been selling and installing audio & video equipment since the days of the 8-Track. In my experience most of the problems I have seen are in the cables people use. Even good cables can go bad. Just because electricity will flow through a wire doesn't mean the audio or digital signal will get to the other end unscathed.

  4. I agree with all this except for the reason "it's just 1's and 0's". Try to make ethernet cable with flat telephone cable instead of a twisted pair cable and you'll notice the difference. Yet it's the same 1's and 0's trying to go through.

    • with HDMI though it’s pretty simple – it either works or it doesn’t. if my $5 cable ever fails (doubtful as it never moves) I won’t have a problem replacing it, but my friends with a $120 cable might.

  5. Richard L – that’s just the point. If you make a cable inadequate for the 1s and 0s to go through then it will fail. But even the cheapest HDMI cable is of sufficient quality to transfer the signal perfectly.

  6. Richard L – that's just the point. If you make a cable inadequate for the 1s and 0s to go through then it will fail. But even the cheapest HDMI cable is of sufficient quality to transfer the signal perfectly.

  7. I know it’s mentioned but the profit that stores make on these things is just insane. If you ever buy a gaming console, TV, iPod, or anything along those lines, the employees are supposed to push accessories and cables on you (and their crappy extra “warranty”) because that’s where the money is. Employees are trained to do this in retail places with or without commission.

  8. I know it's mentioned but the profit that stores make on these things is just insane. If you ever buy a gaming console, TV, iPod, or anything along those lines, the employees are supposed to push accessories and cables on you (and their crappy extra "warranty") because that's where the money is. Employees are trained to do this in retail places with or without commission.

  9. I’m not so sure about the new 3D BluRay flicks. These require the new HDMI standard (with much higher bandwidth) for cabling. Although I have to admit that excessively expensive cables are a ripoff. HD Nation had a segment about cables.

    • You have to have a proper bandwith to send dual 120hz signals. Otherwise they won't talk to each other. I did a store remodel at 11 stores and built the same Panasonic displays at all 11 stores. The cables they sent (from Panasonic) for the displays consistently gave an error on the HTIB and Blu-Ray players. It is a communication error. They weren't anything special, standard plasmas and standard blu-ray players and the cheap cables wouldn't work at all.

      While on the sales floor, I do get customers complaining of delays between the picture and the audio. 100% of the time, they were internet cables, majority more are from monoprice.

      People who write these stories give no credentials as to having an electronics background and don't state any bandwith tests or anything else. For a large population, cheap cables are fine, but to say all HDMI cables are the same is false. Add in higher speed TV's, 3d, 1.4, sheilding of the cable, how it is braided, even whether all strands are present in said cables, etc and good luck.

  10. I'm not so sure about the new 3D BluRay flicks. These require the new HDMI standard (with much higher bandwidth) for cabling. Although I have to admit that excessively expensive cables are a ripoff. HD Nation had a segment about cables.

  11. I agree except for the fact that you say they work just as well, but you've never used the $250 cables.

    That being said, the only thing you need to look out for is the bandwidth of the cable. Older cables don't have the bandwidth for 1080p or 3D.

    • i don't get the bandwidth thing, isn't all the HDMI cables the same cable and pin out? i know there's a smaller HDMI connector and a larger one.

  12. I buy to get by. If it works then that's fine, I'm not overly fussed about quality – which looks like I kinda won in this situation!

  13. Question!

    They tell me you need a special HDMI cable for 3D TVs because the pic comes through on two different circuits.

    Is that true or a big load of crap?