Pangea which are sold by Audio Advisor for well under $100.They make 2 models which only differ in the % of silver and price.I have replaced my HDMI 3 with no loss of quality.
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I am using an LG BH200(BD/HDDVD)>LG 50PC5D. Nothing fancy but I recently tried a couple of Neotech HDMI cables and was surprised by the improvement.
There were a lot of issues I was having with what they call "black crush" that were really improved with the new cables. Shadowing on dark scenes is a lot better for sure. Otherwise, the improvements seem to be more on the audio side--better intelligibility of vocals and better bass are the two most obvious things that I noticed.
Not sure of the model # but they look like the NEHH-4200 on the Neotech site. Triple shielded etc. Neotech supply cable to a lot of high end cable companies if you were not already aware. Retail is around $80 on this cable.
Transnova: No, I meant what components do you have? I wanted to know what cables people compared to and the HT gear being used.
Audiojedi: Thanks. I haven't heard of Neotech. I'll check it out.
Hifisoundguy: WW got it right when they made the SS 5/2. Btw, I use PS Audio PW AC3 and Jewel power cords with all HT gear, plus a PC. Big improvement. HiFi Tuning SilverStar fuses also made big difference with BDP.
I'm going back to WW SS 5/2. Already ordered. It'll be interesting to see what changes, improves. Sometimes it helps to downgrade so you can appreciate what you had and see/hear what's been missing.
I have several systems,but thePangea HDMI cables are in a system consisting of an Integra DHC 9.9 pre-pro,comcast HD cable box,Pioneer Elite DV-48 DVD player,Samsung 3600 Blu-Ray player(also for streaming Netflix),Rotel RMB 1095 amplifier,and a Pioneer KURO KRP-500M 50" Plasma TV.I have used Monster Ultra 1000 and Audioquest HDMI 3 cables in this system prior to the Pangea cables.
I'm already noticing an improvement with PQ from the single WW SS 5/2 HDMI cable, even downstream between A/V Rcvr -> Plasma (still using cheap $30 Dynex cable between Cable Box -> A/V Rcvr, also BDP-> A/V Rcvr). It took a couple hrs to start settling in, but already I noticed this liquidity to the image, more dimensional, better depth, stillness, focus, and clarity, also colors are more saturated, vibrant. Much more pleasing to the eye. Order another one for BDP->A/V Rcvr.
Both 5/2 versions are silver-clad OFC, but it's the cable design and 16 vs 24 conductors. Given the price for Silver Starlight 5/2 right now, yes, it's worth it. But Starlight would be fine if you haven't seen the Silver Starlight, or for HD Tuner.
I just received my third and final SS 5/2. Now my HT system is complete. The PQ is incredible. Much better then I remember. It really came together after I installed the second one between the HD Tuner->A/V Rcvr to complete the video chain from source to plasma. The picture looks so much more cohesive compared to the other cables. It looks stunning. Unreal. Hard to describe. You have to see it yourself. And much better then AQ Carbon. This cable still holds it's own.
Big thanks to Dave at Apollo A/V.
I am still elated over being back with the WW SS 5/2 HDMI cable after a few weeks (previously owned about 3 years ago). The PQ has improved. It's incredible with both HD broadcast and Blu-ray. I watched a BD which I had viewed with previous setup/cables and it looked much better then before. AQ Carbon can't touch this. No comparison. I haven't tried others, but I'd put this up against almost any other HDMI cable at any price. Of course the quality level of the source equipment matters too. No sense using with outclassed gear.
I copied the below from my Answer on another Thread (Favorite place on internet to buy HDMI cables).
"When I saw what the Wireworld Starlight 5.2 did for my Pioneer plasma, I immediately ordered a Wireworld Silver Starlight.
I only wish I could find an IC, SP, or PC that could jump-start my stereo like the Wireworld HDMI cables jump-started my picture quality."