Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
Believe what you want but the cable itself can not make reds any redder or greens any greener. If it's the video I'm thinking of his "unbiased" approach was questionable. At under 25', the best you can do is a Premium High Speed HDMI cable (QR label), period.
You certainly hit the digital nail squarely on the head, Otto Pylot!
High priced HDMI cables have to be the most shameful con & ripoff that's to be found in the home theater category of products!
Though we haven't gotten into UHD 4k yet, my wife and I use 4 very high quality 1080p displays which range in screen size from 58 inches up to an 80 inch flat screen. And, over the years, having used a total of 8 Blu-ray players from the Sony and Panasonic brands, we've had a lot of experience with various HDMI cable brands. When we bought our first high-def display in September 2007, which was Mitsubishi's top of the line 73 inch Diamond series DLP RPTV, I got suckered into using some of the inherited money that we'd just gotten, for buying some very expensive HDMI cables. The sales manager at the home theater specialty store where we dropped $8,200 on A/V equipment, in one fell swoop, insisted that if we wanted to be sure to avoid a supposed possibility of seeing some slight red fringing on such a sizable screen, we should buy the expensive type of HDMI cable that he was promoting. And since there's a lot of truth in the old saying "Easy come, easy go", I said "What the hell, I'm suddenly equipped with all this money, so why not purchase some fancy cables to use with this fancy TV."
But in recent years, though I'm very critical of picture quality, HDMI cables purchased from Amazon for around $7 apiece, have offered all of the PQ performance for our displays that we could ask for. The only critical consideration when judging an HDMI cable's suitability for its application, (assuming it's speed is high enough for the application, (such as being used for carrying 4k signals, rather than just carrying 1080p) is making sure that the cable has good, solid connectors. But, as I've indicated, even very modestly priced HDMI cables from Amazon, have met that requirement for us. And they seem to last.
But back in 2007, as he was talking to me, while writing up the sales order, that man at that store who sold me our first high def TV, was probably thinking that I was living proof of P.T. Barnum's famous quote "There's a sucker born every minute!"
Anyhow, later I was to discover, through a direct A/B comparison of one of those expensive HDMI cables that I'd bought, with a cheap HDMI cable which cost a very small fraction of the expensive cable's price, that in using the 2 kinds of cables to feed the images of some well produced Blu-ray discs to an excellent flat screen, there was ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE in picture quality between the 2 cables.
Executives at companies like Audioquest, who are responsible for ripping off unwary consumers of the type that I used to be, are executives of electronic accessory companies who should be seriously fined, and even jailed, for their behavior, which resembles that of a certain leader who paid out $25 million for victimizing Americans with a phony university named for him.