If you're thinking of buying a new TV, games console etc in time for Christmas (insert alternative holiday name if required), you'll also probably be needing a HDMI cable to hook it up to your TV or monitor. But look online, or indeed in any shop, for such a cable and the variety of prices are bewildering. As I write this, Amazon.com will sell me a basic 2 metre cable for $5.99. Or I can choose a "better" cable for anything up to $1494.75. What surprises me most about the $1400 cable is that Amazon "only" has 3 left in stock.
Do people actually buy these things? Are they worth the money? Is the picture quality any better? Has anyone actually done some comparative tests?
Actually, someone has actually done some tests. And no, the expensive cables don't perform noticeably better than the bargain-priced ones.
You can read the details of the tests, and see all the pretty graphs, at http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=984661
Or you can just take my word for it, and stick with bargain cables. After all, HDMI is a digital standard. Either the bits of data get through, or they don't. And regardless of how much you spend on a cable, they'll all get through. And a bit or byte which travels through a braided cable with gold-plated connectors will look just the same, by the end of its 2-metre journey, as one which travelled down a bargain cable with plastic coating.
And that's about it. Just for once, there's no freeware to point you at, and nothing to download. But maybe I can still save you some cash.
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