Originally Posted by psd76
Holy crap best buy wants to charge me $300 hundred dollars for 3 monster hdmi cables for a 30' run. Are they really worth it or are there cheaper alternatives but without losing quality. I don't want to lose quality. Look for some advice from the experts. Thanks
No. They are digital cables. The Monster cable and much cheaper "High Speed" cables transmit the same bits from one end of the cable to the other.
The key is to get a certified High Speed cable. People who have paid even more than Best Buy wants for monster cables find out they bought a Standard Speed cable which can't transmit the HDMI signal without errors for higher speed HDMI transmissions. Passive High Speed cables max out at about 25 feet. So, if they were trying to sell you 30 feet of cable, it wasn't even High Speed. Either reduce to 25' or try a Redmere cable (at Monoprice) which is an active High Speed HDMI cable.
For a good source on HDMI cables, consult the HDMI Org, who owns the patents, copyrights, specifications, etc of HDMI. Basically they "own" HDMI. Their explanation is at:
Remember there are only two types of HDMI cables - High Speed and Standard Speed (along with some options for both types). Monster is not one of the types.