Fool’s Gold: Don’t be fooled when buying an HDMI cable – they’re all the same…

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One of the things that truly boggles my mind as a producer/engineer is the constant pursuit of ridiculously overpriced cables. Techies, audiophiles, musicians, engineers, all go after gold plated cables because they are actually transmitting audio which is analog sound. This is important for them because the quality of audio can quickly degrade when low quality metals are used at the connecting points (and yes, it matters how good the cable is as well). Think of it like listening to something with a little bit of cotton in your ears. It may not seem like you’re missing much but when you take the cotton out, everything sounds bright and crisp – like it should be! Somehow this spilled over into the average consumer’s world, making every they  they … all seem to worship the Gold connection. As if because the metal is rarer its somehow going to turn your sound into gold…amazing! Finally some sunglasses for the blinding light of the “great gold connector.”

Read this and stop wasting your money!


2 Responses
  • Oct 22, 2012

    When you’re using a modern HD setup the most important thing is to get the signal, the 1s and 0s, from one end of the cable to the other. It doesn’t matter how fuzzy they are or whether or not they’re the right way up. As long as the TV can tell a 1 from a 0 it can process the signal. Therefore, if a cable is rated HDMI then that cable meets the minimum requirements for getting the 1s and 0s from one end to the other. As long as it can do this, you’ll have picture perfect picture. This is definitely one area where you’re better off sticking with the minimum.

    Panama Oct 22, 2012
  • tube
    Nov 13, 2012

    Wow Your site is of the chain

    tube Nov 13, 2012

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