Originally Posted by zinfella
Best Buy LOVES impatient customers willing to pay $70 for a Premium quality HDMI cable.
Originally Posted by robnalex
There's been some discussion of "snake oil" in this thread lately. I think $70 for an 8-foot cable qualifies as snake oil.
Originally Posted by dominiccronshaw
So, I got impatient last night and went to Best Buy and bought an 8ft AudioQuest Ocean cable for $70. I've always thought that a cable with the right specs should be just fine and those ones with orange on the plug look to have adequate specs. Why would I spend $70 when I could get those for less than $10? That logic always worked on my 1080p plasma sets over the years.
Well, maybe that's no longer true when it comes to 4K HDR / Dolby Vision on OLEDs. I've only got about 3-4 hours viewing time with this new cable, but so far I haven't had any issues. That's by no means definitive and I'm going to watch this for a week or so and see if this appears to have solved a problem.
I'm going to order that Monoprice cable you mention, too. If THAT works for $11, I'll be most happy to give Best Buy back this $70 one.
You can go to sam's or costco, and for $19.99 you can get a 2-Pack of 9 foot long HDMI cables that are High Speed / 18gbps, and I guarantee you they will be just as good as the $70 one you bought at best buy. And if anyone says differently, then they have proven that they don't know or understand digital 1's and 0's.
The ONLY REASON cables cost more than $10 a piece, is because most people don't know, and the retailers can take advantage of them.
Oh, and if you didn't know by now...... There's NO SUCH THING as an "High Definition HD Antenna" for over the air broadcasts. The SAME Rabbit ears your grandparents used when you were a kid, will still work. (yes, there have been some advances in OTA antenna, like built in amplifiers and such. Simply pointing out, there is NOTHING SPECIAL about an antenna that is "HIGH DEFINITION - HD". It doesn't exit. Antennas are simply a piece of metal, that resonates at a specific frequency. What INFORMATION (Analog, Digital, SD, HD, etc.) is riding that frequency, is totally irrelevant.
So take that best buy cable back to that rip off retailer, and go to walmart, target, sams, costco, online, or any place, and buy a high speed HDMI cable for around $10. The only differences you'll find in the cables, is possibly their outer material. Some are more flexible; some more rigid, some have 90 degree bends on the hdmi connector, some are straight, etc.... Find a cable that fits your needs, looks sturdy enough for your environment, and can do 18gbps. (Pretty much ALL new hdmi cables). If you pay more than $10 a piece, you're being ripped off. Even the 2 for $19.99 I bought for convenience. You can get a 10 footer at walmart for $5-$6.