Originally Posted by bigjsouth
My experience Tonight.
I just got the Samsung UNC Series 8000 3D LED TV. I hooked it up and the picture is kinda fuzzy and blotches all over the screen. I Had it connected to the DIsh Net with an old generic HDMI cable that came with a Toshiba DVD Recorder. I tried to fix the settings and still got a poor picture.
So I unplugged the generic HDMI and tried another brand and instantly the picture improved! Plenty of AV guys will swear up and down that HDMI is HDMI no matter what, but after tonight I am thinking about getting a higher end cable. Since this is one of the new 3D HDTV's I guess you have to go for a high quality cable. Anyone else had this happen???
HDMI is HDMI unless you are doing something that requires faster speed like 3D or are running very long cable feeds like some in-wall systems in people's homes.
I have a $10 HDMI cable hooked up from my PS3 to my TV and it works like a charm. No fuzz. I've seen $6 HDMI cables perform admirably.
Now, if you have a "fuzzy" HDMI cable, it probably means the cable is faulty, or you are having a handshake issue or something of that nature (though handshake issues normally cause the lack of a picture, not fuzzy pictures). High quality when it comes to HDMI cables doesn't necessarily mean super expensive, just that it is made out of high quality materials and built well. You can get a high quality HDMI cable for $25 to $50. You don't have to spend $100+ like Monster Cable wants you to believe.
Just remember that the HDMI spec has minimum requirements that all of the manufacturers who build HDMI compatible devices must adhere to. And those minimum specs ensure that as long as the cables are working properly, your digital signal will be clean as a whistle. Going above the minimum spec probably won't do too much to clean up your signal (unless it is a long cable run as mentioned before) but will "future proof" you against needing to buy faster cables when upgrading to 3D equipment.