There is a review on Ebay (from someone who sells HDMI leads) urging people to pay for decent quality screened leads. It is true that cables carrying analogue signals benefit from being higher quality - oxygen free copper, gold terminals etc... However, HDMI leads (and also DVI leads, optical & coaxial SPDIF leads) carry digital signals. In other words just a bunch of ones and zeros. This digital data is not prone to interference in the same way as analogue. The individual 1s & 0s either get there or they don't.
The bottom line is: DO NOT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNT CASH ON EXPENSIVE DIGITAL CABLES.
As long as the data gets to its destination the result from expensive cables is NO DIFFERENT to cheap cables. Both (as long as they are well made) will be as good as each other.
This doesn't mean to say that
really cheap cables won't suffer from poor build quality - poorly fitted terminals etc...
Chanel Five's Gadget Show did a blind comparison a while back which backs up what I'm saying. I'm sure if you Google it you'll find the video clip somewhere on the internet.
HDMI (and other digital) leads.
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9 March 2010
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