TV's Answer Man
Much Should I Spend On An HDMI Cable?
Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2013) --
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Q. I just bought a
new HDTV and everyone tells me I will get a better picture if I
use an HDMI cable instead of my old component cables. So, Mr.
Answer Man, what kind of HDMI cable should I get and how much
should it cost? -- Toni, Dayton, Ohio.
Toni, first of all, you are
right. An HDMI cable will give you a better HD picture and
better sound than Component cables. I won't say the improvement
is dramatic, but it's noticeable. Plus, the HDMI cable is a more
efficient connection; it has just one prong compared to the
multiple-prong Component cable set. Plug one end into the HDMI
In port of your TV and the other in your cable or satellite
box's HDMI Out port and you're all set.
So, now, how much should you spend on an HDMI cable?
In the early days of High-Definition TV -- and even now in some
quarters -- store salesmen would swear on a Bible that you
that would cost anywhere from $50 to $100. They said that
anything cheaper than that would result in a inferior picture.
Well, that was nonsense then and it's nonsense now. There's
nothing wrong with those expensive HDMI cables -- you can even
make an argument that some are more sturdy. But they won't give
you a better picture than a solid, name-brand sub-$10 HDMI
cable. (And if the less expensive HDMI cable doesn't last as
long as that $99 HDMI cable, big deal. You can just go out and
buy another sub-$10 HDMI cable to replace your old one.)
Here are some HDMI cables under $10:
Amazon Basics (6 ft) -- $5.49
Sanoxy (6 ft., 2 Pack) -- $6.12
Link Deport (25 ft.) -- $6.45