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HDMI cables, what's the difference?

03-25-2006, 12:02 PM
I am awaiting delivery of a Panasonic TH-50PX60U.

My current DVD player is your standard, progressive scan. But, there were some Toshiba 720/1080i DVD players out there for $75-85 ...

Cambridge Soundworks (Westwood MA) had their warehouse sale, in fact it's still going on, and they had some of these Toshiba units in "open box sale" mode for $75 or something close to that. Since the Panasonic has an HDMI interface, I thought = "Great, this will work" ... BUT ... there was no HDMI cable in the box.

So I go online. HDMI cables - 1 or 2 meters long -- some HDMI cables go for $100-150 ---more dough :confused: than the unit itself, yet other generic HDMI cables go for $9-20.

Is there a difference (other than $141?) --- will the nominally-priced cables work as effectively as their higher priced counterparts?

Thanks in advance, I have learned a lot here in just one day.

03-25-2006, 04:51 PM
HDMI handles the video digitally.. so cheap cables will pass the signal as well as the expensive ones. The analog audio might be another matter, but I've never had a problem with audio cables and HDMI just bundles these along the same line. I expect the more expensive cables are using rare earth metals (e.g. gold) mixed in with top quality plastics, and some serious shielding; not to mention 'early adopters' pricing and extra commision and profits for the retail, wholesale industry...

03-26-2006, 08:20 AM
It certainly wouldn't hurt to buy the $9-$20 cables to see for yourself if it works. If not, you can always return them. :)

03-26-2006, 09:00 AM
I noted the cheaper cables dont always have fancy packaging, moldings and colors. The actual metal wire that passes the electrons from point A to point B is mainly the same so there is no compromise in functionality.

03-26-2006, 09:21 AM
I use a $10 HDMI cable from monoprice.com and it works great. Yes, it is just a plain black cable in a plastic bag, but when it is behind the TV and the packaging goes in the garbage anyways, what gives? Get yourself a cheap cable and use the $141 elsewhere.

04-03-2006, 11:53 AM
I bought a AR HDMI wire from Best Buy for 50 dollars. The only HDMI wires I see for 100+ is Monster. Monster overcharges so much.

04-04-2006, 01:44 AM
If you can resist Bestbuy and Circuit City,you can find cheaper cables on line.The same $50 bb charge for AR some online outfit could have the same cable for a fraction of the cost.Check out www.bluejeanscables.com or www.monoprice.com

04-04-2006, 06:31 AM
monoprice is about the least expensive for 'good quality'. bluejeanscable is about the best construction as any cable needs to be, at a reasonable price. Both companies have good service and fast delivery.
AR falls somewhere in-between, and you can pick them up online cheaper. I have not heard anything bad about the better radio shack cables either. But RS is not always the least expensive, but they can be convenient.

Lots of options, and there are lots more, that don't require going to the Monster. :)

04-14-2006, 12:41 PM
Ebay is the best source for reasonably priced cables. I usually pay ~$10 for a 6' HDMI cable. I also bought a bunch of AR component/S-Vid cables for far less (~$5 per cable) than what BB charges. I bought a DVD player one time at BB and the retard guy in the blue shirt actually expected me to spend $100 on cables for a DVD player I spent $90 on. That is on the order of spending more on tires than you did on the car.