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Its a digital cable-it either works or it doesn't
on May 28, 2011
While I am occasionally willing to spend a little more (not Monster Prices) on analog cables to assure signal integrity, my spending habits on digital are much different. HDMI cables are pure digital signals, meaning that in the vast majority of cases, they either function 100% correctly, or not at all. Yes, you can construct a scenario where this is not strictly true, and if a $100 cable will give you additional piece-of-mind about the quality of your $50,000 entertainment system, go for it.
The only difference in HDMI cables for most of us mere audio/video mortals is the construction. And like most low-priced cables, these are not the most robustly constructed items you will ever find. If I had to guess, I'd say that they probably have an estimated lifetime of less than 100 plug insertions and removals.
So it really comes down to what you are going to use them for. If you have an application where you will be plugging in and removing the cable constantly (perhaps hooking a laptop to your television), by all means buy some more expensive and better constructed cables. If you application is more like mine, where you plug the things in and forget about them until that once-a-year when your wife makes you move everything to "clean", these will be fine.
One thing I wish that HDMI (and other cable manufacturers) would do is to put a random number on cables-sort of like golf and tennis balls. It would give you a better chance of identifying cables in the inevitable rat's nest of wires in a typical entertainment center.