HDMI – Don’t Believe the Overpriced Hype

April 6th, 2011

If there's one thing Internet users like, it's a good list. Whether it's the top 10 ways to tell if your man is cheating or five killer iPhone apps for foodies, as Internet users, we're drawn to random bulleted rankings like college kids to dollar drafts.  While scouring the Internet recently, we came across an interesting story by Geoff Morrison from Sound and Vision titled Seven Home Theater Myths Debunked that highlighted some obvious and not-so obvious beliefs people have about the gear and performance that makes up their home theaters or media rooms. Most people know that owning an HD TV doesn't guarantee your watching HD content. You need an HD equipped source component (like a Blu-ray or HD cable receiver) and the necessary cables. File that under obvious. Source However, the first “Myth” stated in the article is the one that most caught our attention: Expensive HDMI Cables provide better picture quality. IOGEAR manufacturers many different connectivity and convergence products and it pains us to see other companies charging exorbitant prices for products that deliver the same performance whether you pay $150 or $10.95. There's no doubt HDMI Cables have done wonderful things for our home AV systems, but many consumers have been taken for a ride. Few topics have raised the ire of consumers and media alike as HDMI, and more specifically marketing of HDMI. Take for instance this statement by a writer from audioholics.com in a post titled HDMI Cable Speed & Features Explained:
“…if you've spent any amount of time around home audio/video and home theater, you probably already know that the sale of audio and video cable is a field in which false and fanciful claims and exaggerations are the rule rather than the exception, and that if a sensational statement is contained on the retail packaging of a video cable, it's much more likely to be false than true.”
He goes on to explain several of the claims made by pricey HDMI manufacturers, shooting holes in the marketing promises that supposedly make three meters of cable worth over $100. IOGEAR prides itself on a price-driven approach with the quality to match. We offer HDMI cables with Ethernet up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) in length with all the features one would expect, including gold-plated connectors for optimal signal transfer and corrosion resistance. Some AV equipment is worth spending a little extra on, HDMI cables are not in that category. While the cheapest cables may corrode or fall apart over time, buying a fairly priced cable from IOGEAR will ensure your HD display shows its best for as long as it's in the house. For the final word, we turn it back over to Mr. Morrison from Sound and Vision:
“Audio and video are transmitted over HDMI as error-corrected, packetized data. 0s and 1s. There is no such thing as better or worse in this world. It either is or isn't. So if the HDMI cables work—at all— you get perfect audio and video. If it doesn't work, you get nothing, or next to nothing: no picture, the picture will break up, the audio will drop out, or other unwatchable nastiness.”
Still interested in learning more? This CNET Forum discussion covers all aspects of HDMI cable buying and construction. What has been your experience with HDMI? Do you see a difference in performance with price or are they all the same? Let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

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