O.K. (Deep breath)
What is the consensus about HDMI cables
I have been hearing about monoprice and "premium" cables on here in passing.
I just watch many SD and a few 4K blu ray movies with my player. No gaming. (Does gaming make a difference here?)
Back in 2013, here is what I discovered:
Bought my first Samsung 55 inch tv. Best Buy insisted on selling me and my nephew (we each bought a tv), 100 dollar cables. (Something about the speed etc).
When my nephew got his tv installed by someone else at his house, the guy said that they were all the same - ones and zeros, meaning they worked or they didn't work. The man suggested Blue Jeans cable and that is what my nephew went with for 15-20 bucks. I was like "WHAT????!!!" Both sets of our Best Buy cables went promptly back to the store.
So the idea was that high priced cables or a certain "brand" was all hype and they are all the same.
Well, do you think this would all be so simple for someone like Sargon 1? No, of course you didn't.
What AYE discovered with my own direct observation - with what I was trying was:
1. Yes, you don't have to buy expensive cables for your discs to look great.
2. No. They don't all look the same.
I have Blue Jeans cable for many years now and really like them. I tried other ones including other "cheap" ones.
My Blue Jeans have been "cheap" in cost only. They look great and all the connections are solid. No. Not gold plated. (Another controversy right there).
What I noticed, (and the odds are that as usual, no one else experienced this), was that different cables regardless of price and brand would change the depth of my movies and they would affect the cadence. Well if it didn't actually affect the 24p cadence, let me say that some created a "look" that reminded me of "video".
Interestingly, I recently bought the same exact set of cheap ones from Blue Jeans cable for my LG. (My plasma was using the other ones and he didn't want to "share"). This second pair had horrible cadence. I thought LG couldn't do 24p if it tried until I switched them. The funny thing is I didn't "switch" them out, thinking that they were performing wrong. I switched them for an unrelated reason - quite random.
I recognize that tossing a bunch of money at some HDMI cables is meaningless and that there are certain brands that perform really well.
Hopefully there is big consensus here about this already. (Don't want to create a mini- firestorm.)
I realize that there is going to inherently be different
take aways on this. My audiophile experience dwarfs my video knowledge, and I know from experience that there is no consensus on analogue vs. digital, belt drive vs direct drive, gold connectors, audio cables, etc etc. I'm sure it is the same with video. Oh, I can argue my audio positions with the best of them, (better in fact
), but there will never be consensus. In the end, all that matters is what works best for what my hearing can discern.
I have no idea if I'm going to get "poppycock!" (raised eyebrows) for what I have observed, confirmation about certain premium ones, or a consensus that there are some cheap ones that are just as good. Perhaps some will just speak to the "build quality" - durability differences alone.
I'm not inclined to research this, but I am inclined to listen
. Thanks for all your advice, experience, and wisdom in advance.