| Are Expensive Digital TV Cables Worth It ?

Are Expensive Digital TV Cables Worth It ?

rmswing asked:

In the days of analogue TV and music, good quality cables made a big difference compared say to the cheapest ‘bell wire’. Poor connections could really badly affect an analogue signal. I am thinking that now with Digital 0s and 1s as long as the wires are properly connected all the information is present in the stream for the device to create the picture. Is there any technical reason for buying these expensive cables?


I guess though, if you are spending £1,000 on a Large Plasma screen you want the best possible signal from your source the cost of the cable isn’t an issue!

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3 Responses to “Are Expensive Digital TV Cables Worth It ?”

  1. Common Sense on July 30th, 2011 7:11 pm

    They are not…cables are cables, honestly. The expensive ones aren’t any different.

  2. Frankie on August 2nd, 2011 11:37 pm

    yea they are deffinetly worth it because you can get great deals on them with the movie packages. you can also complain and tell them your going to switch cable providers unless you lower your rate, and they will if you are persausive enough. it is expensive but is def worth the investment if you are looking for HD and a lot of movies

  3. Grumpy Mac on August 3rd, 2011 10:06 am

    “Is there any technical reason for buying these expensive cables?”

    For most normal use – no.

    The beauty of digital is that it is fairly insensitive to the ‘quality’ of the cable. Companies like Monster will try to ’scare’ you into spending $$$ and treating the cable as a future-proofing investment.

    I use a really good $38 cable from a custom site. I use cheap $8 cables in my rack to feed my HDMI switch.

    The only way I might spend more for a “certified” cable would be if I was doing an in-wall run of wire where the cost of replacing a crappy wire swamps the cost of the cable. But I would still buy from a custom site.