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If you NEED certified hi-speed HDMI cables with ARC then read this first!
on January 26, 2015
Had just purchased new high-end Sony equipment: XBR55" TV, CTL370 Soundbar, and DVD player. Ordered 3 of these to link them together along with a new cable box, since new Sony equipment has some cool features (using control-HDMI and ARC) to make operation seamless. Spent almost three hours on the phone with Sony tech support trying to determine why sound was sometimes muting and pictures weren't appearing consistently when switching inputs. Eventually, we all thought either the new TV or the new Soundbar was defective. Just for the heck of it, I went to Best Buy and bought (very overpriced) Monster Cable HDMI cables. To my shock, it solved everything. More surprising, it wasn't just ONE of these Mediabridge cables that wasn't working properly. So if you NEED true hi-speed and CERTIFIED ARC (audio return channel), you'll save yourself a lot of expensive time looking somewhere else. And yes, I know all the reviews were/are 5-star... which is why I bought them in the first place.