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Never mind. I found this article which has enlightened me quite a bit.
"Are expensive HDMI cables worth buying? We asked an expert…"
I think I will go with decent price cable from a reputable company. One that is labelled high speed HDMI and active and reasonably priced.
I don't think I need to spend $100+ let alone $270 for a Starlight 7. Seems like Monoprice (posted above) is a great option.
Thank you for everyones input. Hope this thread helps others as well.
Thx-333...the reason I recommended Monoprice was that I did a HDMI shootout about 3-4 years ago.
I had HDMI cable from Audioquest, Kimber, Monster, Cardas, and several others with retail prices up to around $400.
The Monoprice Redmere HDMI cable was the winner!
This wasn't a scientific test or anything, but 8 different people helped with the evaluation over a couple of month period. Either the Monoprice was better or you really couldn't tell the difference.
For $10, it's a no brainer. Keep us posted as to your choice and how you like it.
Thanks Mofimadness! IT IS a no brainer. At a $10 price point plus the durability of the Monoprice - gotta give it the crown.
In the article (link) I posted above the experts argue that we are no longer in an analog world where the type of cable and length of cable mattered to picture quality. Those days are gone.
We have entered the digital realm. Today… it's either you get a signal or not. There is no signal loss due to the type of cable used or how long your cable is.
I tend to agree with his article.
Thx-333. I'd say the consensus here is split down the middle. I think different digital cables definitely sound different based on my limited experience, including HDMI cables. May I suggest you buy a couple of cables, the Monoprice that seems to be the favorite of at least several people on the forum, and a slightly more deluxe cable with some silver plating like the Panagea cable offered by Audio Advisor or one of the entry cables from Audioquest, and use both for a while and see if you can tell any difference in sound or video quality.
what kind of tv and associated gear (DVD/BR) are you using?
I would be remiss if I did not suggest the WW HDMI.
The Silver Starlight will accommodate everything up to a
plasma set. If you own a plasma set (new or older) then you will want to consider the WW Platinum HDMI as this particular cable will be the very best compliment.
Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
Hi Jafant. I am waiting for Sony to send me a refund under warranty. I currently have the XBR 55HX950 and plan to swap it for the XBR 65X930C as soon as I get the check!
So far this thread seems divided in needing to spend up to $500 for HDMI cables. WorldWide has already been suggested with Monoprice also at the more popular end.