Expensive HDMI cables vs cheap HDMI cables
Tis the season and this year a lot of people will be purchasing their first HDTV or Blu-ray player. Most people don’t plan ahead and consider what kind of cables they should get. HDMI or component? Do you need 3 metres (10 feet) or 5 metres (16.5 feet)?
Most people walk in to Best Buy, purchase a 40” HDTV and watch as the salesperson rubs their hands together and explains how they need HDMI cables for the best picture quality. You wouldn’t pay $3,000 for an Denon receiver and hook up some crappy $20 speakers would you? Of course not!
So here are some of your options at Best Buy for HDMI cables:
- Monster 4m HDMI Cable (ULTV1000HD-4M EFS) $254.99
- Rocketfish 8’ HDMI Cable (RF-G1164) $49.99
- Dynex 2M HDMI Cable $49.99
Do not purchase the Monster cable no matter what the sales person tells you!
Purchasing the most expensive HDMI cable on the market will not make a difference to the picture quality on your TV. Take a look at the prices at a discount electronics store like Modcom.ca:
- 10 ft. (3m) HDMI to HDMI Cable (Male/Male) [CHDMI-MM-3M] $23.85
- 25 ft. (7.6m) HDMI to HDMI Cable (Male/Male) [CHDMI-MM-25] $34.42
Do yourself a favour and do your homework. Figure out how much cable you need for your home theatre setup before your purchase your HDTV or Blu-ray player. Buy the cheapest HDMI cable you can find and spend the money you saved on some Blu-ray movies instead.
Posted in Home Theatre at 8:09 PM