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Overpriced HDMI cables

Overpriced HDMI Cables was created by our friend Jess Bachman at WallStats.com.  This infographic shows the history and reasoning behind high-priced HDMI cables and why you should avoid them.


If you’ve already splashed out on the huge flat-screen tv, a state-of-art Blu-Ray player, and a satellite dish with a monthly subscription that brings with it hundreds of channels, then it probably seems like it’s a small price to pay for HDMI cables. But, this is exactly the mentality that gets people to pay for this habitually over-priced bit of technological excess. The truth, as our infographic points out, is that there is absolutely no difference between the cheapest and most expensive HDMI cables, at least over shorter runs. If you’re wiring an entire house, you may find these cables to be worth it.

To understand why you shouldn’t pay extra, you need to understand the difference between analog and digital. With analog cables, the signal degrades, with digital cables such as HDMI, it either works or it doesn’t. The signal doesn’t degrade any more than your JPEGs degrade when you put them on a thumb drive.



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Reader Comments (6)

Cheap cables that I use...http://www.intrex.com/parts/parts.aspx.

Best Buy wanted $1400 for the four 50' cables I bought recently...I paid Intrex $200 - if I bought them today I would spend $40 less since now they're $39.99 vs the $49.99 I paid. Who knew - prices that come DOWN.

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam Poley

Hey Sam! I hadn't heard of Intrex before, so thank you.

April 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterRandy
The blog is disscussing about the overpriced HDMI cables. Are Cheap HDMI cables are better than overpriced HDMI cables? and which cables are better to use?
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhdmi cables
HDMI, DisplayPort furthermore DVI are electronic expectations used by High-definition video alerts. DVI & DisplayPort (V1) simply have the particular video-image indicate but fully no music, when HDMI handles each equally. If you work with a DVI or even DisplayPort (V1) cable television, you'll should hook up music cabling from your DVD-player, PC, video gaming system or even cable/satellite recipient to your TELEVISION SET.
July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDVI
HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI are all digital standards used for High Definition video signals. DVI & DisplayPort (V1) solely carry the video-image signal but no audio, where as HDMI covers each. Therefore if you employ a DVI or DisplayPort (V1) cable, you'll need to connect audio cables from your DVD-player, CPU, games console or cable/satellite receiver to your TV.
January 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Garner
I get asked a lot; What makes some HDMI cables more expensive than others? The answer to that question is that it is all about the quality of the materials used and the skill that is used to construct the cable. There is probably no better way to explain what makes the difference between a good HDMI cable and a poor HDMI cable than to deconstruct one of the HDMI Systems HDMI cables.
March 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersuryadev

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