Originally Posted by kevreh
I know, its a shame all the people who walk in to BB or other places, and end up spending $100+ on cables thinking they have to. When talking with sales reps at the Magnolia stores, had more than one ask me if I have quality HDMI cables (which they sell for $80+) when talking to them about their plasmas and lcds on displays.
Markup on these cables is like jewelery.....its not in their monetary interest to get analog off their minds.
Hoo, boy--let me share a story. HDMI cables can make a difference. When I first got the TV I bought a pair of cheap HDMI cables--one to hook up the cable box, one to hook up the PS3. Two cables per package, identical cables.
Over the past 6 weeks I have had problems with Comcast cable service. It seems every time I wanted to sit down and watch TV (weekends) I would get the "No Signal" spinning cube icon on my 7600. Cable box signal is not present. This would prompt me to unplug, replug the cable box causing it to reboot. This entailed a 10-15 minute wait as the box completely reset itself. My success rate was about 1 in 5. I would end up calling Comcast (30-45 minutes of being on hold, then low level techs reading their troubleshooting scripts) until they would send a signal to the box which would reactivate it. After a couple rounds of this a tech came out and pronounced everything A-OK.
Next Friday night, same problem. I ended up exchanging my box for another cable box. All is fine until next Friday night, then same problem. Reboot cable box, call Comcast, be put on hold, have them send signal, box working again. Next Friday night, same thing. Get new cable box on Saturday, activate it, everything works.
I was on cable box #4 in three weeks when the problem happened again. I now had a way to get directly to a high level technician who deduced that my HDMI cable was the culprit. He explained that the newer TV's need a high-speed rated HDMI cable (category 2) capable of supporting 3D signals and smart TV's. Believe me, I was extremely suspicious of this explanation but just to humor the guy I swapped out the HDMI cable from cable box to TV with HDMI cable from PS3 to TV. Lo and behold I had signal to the TV! (Remember, these were identical cables.)
I've since bought a couple of category 2 HDMI cables made by BlueRigger from Amazon for $4.99 each and I haven't had the No Signal problem since.
So HDMI cables can make a difference, but you don't have to spend big bucks to get them.