Originally Posted by thane11
In Best Buy this week looking at cables last week. The cheapest HDMI cable they had was $60, and one of them run to over $100. Now tell me if I'm wrong but, doesn't HDMI carry a digital signal so there's not a real need for the expensive trapings of analog cables (gold tips, copper this, oxygen free).
To make matters worse they didn't have an AR HDMI cable (Accoustic Research is my preferred brand of cable). I ended up getting a no name HDMI Cable on Amazon for $12.
So here's my question to all you cable snobs, do you still pay 5x, 10x for premium cable with HDMI?
I won't and I always (and still do) pay a premium for analog cables.
The cable doesn't know/care what "kind" of digital is going down the line. We have had cheap DVI cable for computers, cheap usb cables, cheap SATA cables, cheap firewire cables for years.
By cheap I don't mean poor quality they simply meet the standard. Look at ethernet. Cat5e rated to push gigabit ethernet costs about $0.07 per foot. Could you imagine if monster tried to sell Monster Ethernet cable to businesses for $20.00+ per foot? They would be laughed out of the building.
The same thing applies to HDMI. I buy cables from monoprice for $5-$10 and have never had a problem.
My brother once worked at BB and the markup on cables is 500%-1,000%. You are buying a $10 cable and handing BB a $100 bill in profit. This is the single reason why no HD DVD / BD / DVD / Tivo / SACD or any other CE device will EVER have a HDMI cable in the box and be sold at BB/CC/Frys/etc.