Which HDMI cable should I get for my HDTV?
December 14, 2006
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I'm hooking up my PlayStation 3 to my TV, and I would like the best HDMI cable. The guy at Best Buy showed me the Monster cables and said the most expensive is the best. I politely said thanks and walked away because the price was so high. Any suggestions for an HDMI cable?
| | That's a great question. Cables are some of the most overpriced
electronics accessories in stores today, and with HDMI especially, there's no reason to pay more for a cable. That's because the signal is digital, so it either works or it doesn't. If you connect an HDMI cable and notice obvious breakup or bursts of "sparkles," these can be an indication of a faulty cable. Otherwise the picture will be just as pristine with a $100 cable as it will be with a $20 one.
I recommend looking online first for inexpensive cables. That's because even the least-expensive brick-and-mortar electronics stores routinely overcharge for HDMI cables--you'll be lucky to get one for $50. Online you can find a perfectly serviceable HDMI cable in the $20-to-$30 range or even less, which is all you should have to pay (sample CNET search
). If you'd rather not buy online, try a place such as Wal-Mart or Costco before Best Buy or Circuit City. The cables will probably be a lot cheaper at nonelectronics stores, and usually just as good.
a TV reviewer with five years' experience, has color bars and a resolution chart tattooed inside either eyelid.