There’s a lot of talk about whether or not it is worth spending a lot of money on an HDMI cable. HDMI cable prices can vary from £1 to £200 or more and it is often said that a £1 cable will perform just as well as the £200 one. But can that really be the case? Your instinct tells you no and generally yours instincts are a pretty reliable way of knowing if something is too good to be true.
Personally I wouldn’t buy a really, really cheap HDMI cable because I wouldn’t really expect it to last very long! I just can’t see how a cable could be made for a few pence would be of good enough quality to perform up to standard and to be reliable enough not to fail during the middle of Eastenders or Strictly Come Dancing; giving my wife yet another reason to have a go at me for getting rid of the old VHS player!
Most people who judge the quality of an HDMI cable seem to concentrate on the picture quality only but that is only one aspect of the service it performs. Don’t forget that the M in HDMI stands for Multimedia and if you’re into Blu-Ray and Home Cinema the chance is that you have a system capable of 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound and that means a lot of data is being sent along the cable. When a lot of data signals are travelling along a cable it has to move quickly and the signals have to be well insulated from each other. Only a good quality cable has enough shielding to perform that task as shielding costs money and one way of making a £1 HDMI cable is to reduce the amount of shielding.
But there is a cut off point in the price range of course and I certainly wouldn’t suggest you to go out and spend £200 on a cable. Shop around and there are some real bargain HDMI Cables out there for £10 or less. Make your purchase even more cost effective by only buying the length of cable you actually need. In other words don’t use a 10metre HDMI cable if your display is right next to your Blu-Ray player, use a 1metre HDMI cable or even a 0.5metre one and not only will you save money but should gain some performance at the same time.