There are many misconceptions out there on the differences between cables. Your local retailer will push that you buy that $100 dollar HDMI cable from Monster Cables. Unfortunately many consumers don’t know that there are many cable options out there, and that in this digital world those high priced, fancy worded, and highly marketed cables won’t get you a better picture then a cable costing 7 bucks.
Unlike years ago when we were watching TV and playing games using analog technology and analog cables, these days we find ourselves using HDMI which is a digital connection. Now a days our videogames send a stream of 1′s and 0′s to our TV’s, and unlike analog they either make it to the TV or they don’t. Analog signals can vary in strength, and back in the day using a monster cable, with better shielding and a higher gauge would offer a stronger and more stable signal which translated to a better picture. But now all that matter is if the 1 or the 0 makes it to the tv. And while signal strength does pay a role in HDMI cables, unless your running a cable over a 100 feet, there is no reason to waste your money on a $100 dollar cable. And even then with some shopping you can save a bundle by purchasing a high gauge well constructed cable.
We recently had a chance to test out an HDMI cable from PS3hdmicable.com. While they promote themselves as offering cables for the PS3 an HDMI cable is an HDMI cable and can be used on a PS3, Xbox 360, Blu-Ray, Cable Box or any other device with an HDMI port. The cable is a nice 28 gauge cable which is plenty for the home entertainment center install. The cable is also gold plated which helps lengthen the cables lifespan. All cables from PS3hdmicable are HDMI 1.3 which is the latest widely used HDMI standard. Version 1.4 is still young and a few months away from being more widely used. The cable is very well constructed, and for the price and free shipping and lifetime warranty are well worth the investment.