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Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in  Other, Lifestyle, Technology, TG Roundup

Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables?

If you’ve already splashed out on the huge flat-screen tv, a state-of-art Blu-Ray player, and a satellite dish with a monthly subscription that brings with it hundreds of channels, then it probably seems like it’s a small price to pay for HDMI cables. But, this is exactly the mentality that gets people to pay for this habitually over-priced bit of technological excess. The truth, as our infographic points out, is that there is absolutely no difference between the cheapest and most expensive HDMI cables, at least over shorter runs. If you’re wiring an entire house, you may find these cables to be worth it.

To understand why you shouldn’t pay extra, you need to understand the difference between analog and digital. With analog cables, the signal degrades, with digital cables such as HDMI, it either works or it doesn’t. The signal doesn’t degrade any more than your JPEGs degrade when you put them on a thumb drive.

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  1. Amazon has pretty good prices (some of them for $1 plus $2.99 for S&H) and they have been serving me well for couple of years now..
    Only if the length of the cable is more than 4-5 feet, then u need to look for better quality (not Monster cables, they are way tooooooo expensive and rip offs), as there might be a loss of signal.. but for regular TV to Auxiliary unit hookups which are normally less than 4-5 feet away, regular $1 cables are more than sufficient..

  2. tyr or sometimes I purchased 5 – 6′ cables for under 12 bucks!!!…. they work just as fine. Monopice has colored cables – helps when you have mulitple devices going to a single source (AV receiver, TV etc.)

  3. amazon has pretty nice ones for below 10 bucks.

  4. A quick note…

    This is a good tip. I tell friends how much of a waste of money it is to buy Monster cables.