News around the web: Inside the HDMI cable scam

By Erik · 12 replies
Aug 23, 2010
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

    That isn't anywhere near the fraud involved with the sale of higher refresh rate monitors.

    If you're walking through the store thinking you see better action on a 120Hz TV, they must have you hypnotized.

    This issue may be news, but I doubt that it's news to any body in our forums.

    Face it, I think we've been buying 10 dollar cables, with 5 dollar rebates for years.

    I did buy an expensive HDMI cable once from Walmart, no less. It was a Friday night, and I had just bought an LCD from Best Buy that afternoon. I knew I was doing wrong, and I'm ashamed. That said it was the lowest priced, high priced cable I could find.... :rolleyes:
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Last HDMI cable I bought was £5 for 2.5m (Fisual Install Series GOLD Plated HDMI Cable 2.5m). Never fallen for overpriced super high quality lies. My friend actually does a lot of audio work and has a degree in electrical engineering and did testing of gold plated high quality audio cable years ago and found that it offered very little difference in the quality of signal passed through it compared to a standard cable. Slightly better over longer distances but nothing that warranted the premium prices being charged.
  3. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Yea here in the UK HDMI cables are all cheap. Even the ''gold plated'' ones are less than £10. I not seen a HDMI cable cost more than £15.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  5. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    ok honestly that's 'nothing'. I like Amazon quite alot it's a great online store but this item here is just pathetic =/ -
  6. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    Corporations trying to cheat consumers? There's a shocker.
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I buy all my hdmi cables from monoprice, very reasonable prices. Even for stuff like speaker wire you can get a good deal compared to most box stores.

    As for the higher refresh rate TVs... I'm not convinced that is a scam yet.. I think the way TVs reproduce a picture vs the fps of the source may be important.
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I, too, am a huge monoprice fan. You know how women go shopping when they're upset with their spouses - well I log onto monoprice when my wife pisses me off and I order cables. Good, thick, fancy connector cables of different types - they make me happy.
  10. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    So what, Monster has been doing this scam for years with every kind of cable.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

    Well, now MSNBC has said it, so it must be true.
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Thats one down...

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