Don’t get caught out buying HDMI cables

| April 10, 2011 | 4 Comments

Confused over what HDMI cable you need for your console? Then don’t be as buying a HDMI cable is simple, go for the cheapest.

When HDMI technology first came out the price for cables were unbelievable and you would think after so many years the prices for the cables would have dropped dramatically….think again!

During the week my old man phoned me from an electrical shop as he wanted to buy a HDMI cable for his SKY box. He was confused from what the shop assistant told him and the prices that was being quoted, £70.

The shop assistant told him the more expensive cables (which they only stocked) had better quality than cheap brands which is complete and utter bullshit. Thankfully the old fella didn’t buy the cable so I advised him to walk over to Game and buy one for less than £20.

Whenever you go to purchase a HDMI cable don’t fall for the trap of buying an expensive one. A cable priced below £10 will just work as well as one priced above £70. I have 3 consoles and a SKY HD box all running off cheap unbranded HDMI cables, there is no degraded picture quality.

Just to give you an example of what shops are charging what for HDMI cables:

Comet, being a very large electrical store in the UK are selling a Monster Ultrathin 1M HDMI cable for £71.48 – the only reason I can think this cable is so expensive is because its ultrathin which is unimportant for everyday use, unless you have a specific reason for needing an ultrathin cable.

PC World – In my opinion one of the worst stores I have ever experienced when buying products. They are selling the MRC HP Monster HDMI 700 High Speed Cable – 2.4m for £94.99 when on Amazon.co.uk I can get the 8FT version of this cable for £33.

GAME – we all love GAME and it’s a shop where I would spend the majority of my wages. No bullshit from these guys, their cheapest HDMI cable is £12.99 and their most expensive? £14.99

There you have it. The next time you need to buy a HDMI cable don’t even question yourself if you should buy the expensive cable or the cheap cable. The only thing you need to be concerned about is what length you actually need.

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    1. getcrackin says:

      They also try to sell the “gold” aspect of the expensive cables. “Well, gold is a better conductor than copper blah blah blah” It’s fucking electricity. Who cares if it travels a nanosecond faster? It’s already traveling too fast for me to notice any lag. It’s like suggesting that your light could turn on quicker if you changed the wires from copper to gold. The real speed of anything comes from what it’s plugged into and not the wire itself!

    2. Gavin says:

      I should have mentioned the gold plated cables, nothing like a bit of bling on a HDMI cable. As you said, there is no difference and both types of connectors work as good as each other.

    3. Tiamos Loren says:

      On the topic of gold equipment, I was recommended gold cables for my RGB connectors (those ones with yellow for video and white/red for audio channels) but so far I’ve been using a pair of silverish ones and haven’t experienced any significant loss of quality or whatever. It really makes no difference on the material, it all goes the same way.

      It’s like food. All goes in and out of the same system, whether it’s home-made, McDonalds or some Gordon Ramsay “**** dish”.

    4. Gavin says:

      A lot of cables are actually manufacture by the same company but are branded before being shipped out. I know of some computer cables that are in fact manufacture by one company in China but yet all the retail shops sell them as different brands. I suspect HDMI cables are no different.

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