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Why do you still buy HDMI cables in department stores?
on March 8, 2013
Look, people: This isn't rocket science. HDMI cables do not really vary much in quality or ability to get the digital signal from point A to point B. With digital, it's either going to work perfectly, or it's not going to work at all. The only reason you would ever need to spend a ton for a cable like this at a department or big box store is if you're in a hurry and need it NOW. Otherwise, this is the same thing you'll get at the Big Boxy stores, but at a more sane price.
There's nothing much to review here. It's an HDMI cable. It's 25 feet long. It connects to any standard HDMI device, such as a video game console, Blu-ray Disc player, computer, cable box, or set-top box, and will get the signal from there to your television, projector, or monitor.
Yes, some of the so-called "premium" cables might have slightly better shielding or thickness, but you know what? Unless you're dealing with a lot of interference in your place, you don't need all that. You don't need special cables.
And bonus- This is a high-speed cable, which means it should support Audio Return Channel. What is that? Well, if you don't know, you probably don't need it! But I'll tell you anyway: Some AV receivers allow you to run one HDMI cable between the TV and the receiver, allowing the TV to send audio to the receiver along the same HDMI cable that is receiving the video signal from the AV receiver. It's not all that common, and most people don't end up using it, but if you are one of those people that can use that feature this cable will (allegedly) support it.
Look, just get the thing. Don't drive to the store and pay ten times the amount for one. Just get it here, relax for a day or three, and reap the benefits of ordering from a competitive source and getting the exact same item for a significantly lower price. If you're out there buying Monster or Insignia cables for ridiculous amounts, you're a sucker and I'd like to talk to you about this super-expensive magic bean I'm selling.