Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Quick Rant: Don't buy HDMI Cables over $20

After purchasing a PS3 I needed to pick up an HDMI cable to get all that 1080p goodness. However, my local big box stores wanted anywhere from $50 to over $100 for the cable. Does HD really require such expensive tethers? Certainly not! The HD video/audio signal sent over the HDMI cable is DIGITAL. Unlike analog cables (i.e. component), the quality of the signal is not affected by outside sources. There is no need for "super-duper" insulation or whatever else Monster has decided to slap around their wires. With the digital signal it either works or it doesn't. I'm not saying it isn't possible to find some HDMI cable that is faulty, but for the most part there will be no discernible difference between a $7 cable and $100 cable. Try monoprice.com or bluejeanscables.com or even eBay before you spend $50-$100 at your local store. I think the extra few days for shipping is worth the savings. Whatever you do, know that the picture quality of the HD comes ONLY from the source and the display and not the latest wire coating tech from Monster. For the handful of people that visit this site, sorry for such a long drought. I hope to blog more in the future. Thanks for reading.

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