Originally Posted by p5browne
For all those who are having issues, how many are using medium quality to cheap HDMI cables? (Yes, I know, it's only Zeroes and Ones) I picked up quality cables that were on Sale (Boxing Day coming up) and I'm not having FW Update issues, popping issues, etc! Put at least one Quality cable from your AVR to the TV. One Quality cable from your Blu-ray player to the AVR. The rest is up to you.
Secondly, I use a VQ to calibrate my TV settings and leave the TV alone - TV FW Updates are now not going to affect my settings, excepting the Basics that are easily replaced.
Not sure how you would relate firmware update issues with the HDMI cable but that aside, I use AmazonBasics High Speed cables between all of the components except to the 50 footer between the HTPC and the receiver, that is a redmere with a Gefen HMDI repeater, the only thing in the signal chain that is radically higher priced that most products in that space (which are usually junk).
In any event, unless you have a situation that pushes some limit, typically length, then I have been unable to tell the difference between Amazon/MonoPrice HDMI cables and the pretty high ended one I got to try. A very good cable can also sometimes address short comings in the other gear, like weak output drivers in the electronics, but in normal circumstances as long as you don't go too cheap, and hit reputable brands you will be in good shape.
This is not to say better cables did not help your situation but as a rule I don't think most get a reasonable return or any tangible benefit on the investment for high priced cables in digital gear, used a the typical lengths, 3 to 6 feet. In consumer grade gear tolerances are already going to be pretty wide, the 3000 buck tv maker knows they will be the ones stuck solving the problem with the customer not the cable maker so they build accordingly. I tried out 2 AudioQuest Vodka, named because drinking a serious amount of it really helps in the sales of this 375 buck cable.
I put in one between the TV and receiver and the Blu-Ray player and the receiver, and I also tried the BR directly to the TV, there was just no noticeable difference over the high speed AmazonBasics.
Now on the 50 foot run, the cable quality really made a difference, I suspect most in the gauge of the wire and the design for the long haul, still needed an also expensive repeater so there are clearly places where very high end engineering is required but its not the norm.
That said cables are one of those things that turn religious pretty quickly, people are still arguing lamp cord over engineered speaker cords and have been for 30+ years that I am aware of