HDMI cable pricing

EDN blog articlwe HDMI cables for $2 or $600? mentions article Why are HDMI cables so expensive?. In this article product researchers find little difference between a $10 and a $140 HDMI cable. The result was that the expensive cables may be made with better materials, but they don�t perform digital transmission any better than the cheap cables. At least when talking about a short cable of few feet then I don’t see any reason to pay very much for it. If your local store does not sell reasonably priced HDMI cables, then go to some other store or order on-line. Some shops seem to charge absolutely ridiculous prices for HDMI cables knowing full well that they are taking advantage of people who don�t know any better.

Another thing worth to read at HDMI cables for $2 or $600? is a story on very expensive “audiophile” cables that were sold with “story” that adding DC bias to audio cable helped sound. The dc bias to the cable was added using a 9-volt battery. It of course was adjustable ($0.05 pot) so that the lunatic fringe audiophile community could have an infinite level of adjustment and an associate infinite collective of opinions as to what was the perfect setting – pure marketing genius. Good story and “market factors” seem to sell cheap products at high price.

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24 Comments

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  2. Mike Smith says:

    I see what you’re saying, however, recently i bought a few cheap HDMI cable, yet they were faulty. They just wouldnt work. However, i havent had a problem like this with my other HDMI cables. They are not dirt cheap, yet they are not either overly expensive, and they work perfectly. I would really suggest that people buy them HDMI Cables

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    • tomi says:

      Your are pointing to Monster Cable web site.
      Monster Cable is most known for selling very pricey cables.
      From Monster Cable what comes to my mind is the overpriced stuff that many shops try to sell you to get their good profits…
      Monster Cable and similar “boutique” cables are a substantial source of revenue for retailers of electronics such as DVD players and TVs. While the profit margins of DVD players and TVs may be low, the profit margins of Monster Cables and similar products provide supplemental revenue for these retailers. Employees of such retailers are trained to market and bundle Monster Cable and similar products so as to increase profitability. (source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Cable_Products )

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