Cheap HDMI Cables vs Expensive HDMI CablesJanuary 4, 2013 3:15 pm Cheap Cables & Accessories, Gift Buying Guides, Helpful Tips
High-definition (HD) is the top choice in display quality at the moment and it’s no surprise. With resolutions capable of up to 1920 x 1080, HD offers a fantastic quality picture. But before any image can be displayed via HD, you will obviously need a HDMI cable. This is where things get tricky, although, should they get tricky? Why is it a common problem for people to be so strung up on which HDMI cable to buy?
Tests have shown that there is literally no visual difference between a £5 HDMI cable and a £150 HDMI Cable, so why spend more than you have too? Most electronic retailers will offer you a wide range of different priced HDMI Cables but they will try and edge you to the most expensive. Here’s a short scenario of what we’re talking about.
Imagine you don’t know a great deal about TV’s and you’re in a retailer purchasing a brand new £500 HD TV and £150 Blu-Ray Player. Lucky you ey? Next up you need a HDMI Cable and a member of staff will happily help you make your decision. Don’t be surprised when they use the common line “Well, you could buy a cheap HDMI Cable but why have two expensive HD capable products with a cheap cable connecting them?” You’re thinking that makes sense, I’ll buy the £150 cable too.
Bad move, you’ve just spent £140 more than you need to. Below are two images, try and pick which one is displayed via a cheap cable and an expensive cable
Impossible isn’t it? And this isn’t the only test. A quick Google search will show you that large online magazines have done this test and have come to the same conclusion that we have. Unless you have some form of super vision, then you will never be able to tell the difference between two HDMI Cables.
The only time when you will be able to notice a difference is when the cables start to get a bit longer. If you were to purchase a 50m HDMI cable at £10 and one at £50, chances are the £50 will be slightly better.
So there you have it, if you’re planning on moving over to HD, don’t be fooled by salesmen trying to push you towards an expensive cable as there is just no need for one.