Originally Posted by bekindrewind
So here's the rub. They say cheap vs expensive HDMI cables, no difference. They either work or they don't. Same quailty of signal. And here I am, dog chasing his tail. I'm losing video not audio, that would seem it would be filed under the it's not the HDMI cable senario. But does it? I love this hobby. Actually I do.
To be really clear, what "we" say, is that buying a more expensive cable doesn't get you a better picture, especially if the cable you have works. If a $1 cable that came with some device gives you a picture without sparkles or other errors, buying a $500 Nordost HDMI cable is not going to give you a a better picture, it won't give you more colors or better contrast, or sharper pixels, nor will it lift a veil or image the sound better. Additionally, buying a more expensive cable doesn't even guarantee you it will work better, the HD Fury Integral thread is an interesting read. (I'll probably get the numbers wrong but) HD Fury has said that upwards of 9/10 cables they've tried fail at 18Gbps, even expensive fiber optic cables. Meanwhile I have some cheap cables (BJC Series FE's I believe) that pass 18Gbps (4k60 4:4:4) from my Samsung K8500 to my Integral just fine, they're 6ft cables.
With HDMI, what you need to do is buy a quality
(note that this does not have to mean expensive) from a reputable manufacturer. I really like Blue Jeans Cable because they are very up front/direct about that their cables have, and have not been certified for. I've also had generally good luck with Monoprice.
Now if you're really worried about future proofing, I would recommend you stick with "Premium" certified cables. These cables have actually undergone, and passed HDMI compliance testing to 18Gbps. BJC has Premium certified cables:
FWIW it was a combination of short (6ft) BJC Series FE and long (25 ft, to my projector) BJC Series 1 cables that finally resolved the HDMI handshake issues in my system with my AVM50V.