Ever walked into a Best Buy looking for an HDMI cable? I guarantee you were shocked when you saw they were at least $60 each. The most expensive one probably went for $120. You don’t have to, and shouldn’t, pay that much for an HDMI (or any type of cable really) cable, especially when there’s no real difference between those hyped up Monster cables and your generic black one. I’ll give you that the Monster ones look cooler though, but you’re not actually looking at the cable, are you?
For cheap yet high quality cables, I recommend MonoPrice. They’re highly rated throughout the tech community and have unbeatable prices. Personally, I haven’t used them yet, but will be soon as I’ll need some new Toslink cables soon. Anyway, I’ll just do some comparisons:
Monster 8′ HDMI is $150, while MonoPrice sells a 10′ HDMI cable for $7.10. On the site, they have hundreds of different cables, adapters, and pretty much anything else you could possibly need for your computer, speakers, TVs, and any other electronic device.
One more, just for fun:
Monster has a “cheap” 6′ component cable for $40, while MonoPrice has it for $18. That’s not as much savings as the HDMI cable, but it’s a lot cheaper.
And while Monster and all those other fancy cable makers will try to make their HDMI cables seem better, they’re really not. HDMI is a digital signal, and it either works or it doesn’t. And when you’re dealing with analog signals, the average bear doesn’t need those expensive Monster cables, just get some from MonoPrice or even the cheaper ones at BestBuy. Acoustic Research has fairly cheap cables in retail stores, including Best Buy.
Please, don’t spend more than you need to on cables!