Iím currently using a Sony 3D TV. Iím considering a
change to a Sony XBR 4K TV and the salesperson said I
would have to replace the HDMI cable with one having a
higher speed rating for maximum quality performance. My
main input source is an outdoor antenna. Am I being
duped or not? My present cable is a Monster Cable HDMI
with 10.2 Gbps 3D rating. If a cable change is required,
what do you recommend?
Richard Zanier, Milwaukee
When using an antenna, the HDMI cable is irrelevant.
Whatís more, most 4K content is being delivered
through the Internet. If you used an external box to
stream 4K content to your TV, then HDMI could play a
role, but even then any 10.2 Gbps high-speed HDMI cable
can pass maximum resolution 4K content. Someday you may
require an ultra-high-speed 18.2 Gbps HDMI cable, but
for now there is no need to make a change.
appears you are being set up to buy an expensive cable,
especially since you already fell for the pitch once and
bought a Monster Cable HDMI cable. Looking at the
website of a prominent big-box store, I found 5-foot
Monster HDMI cables selling for $40 to $100, and I know
they sell models that are much more expensive. This is a
huge profit-builder for the store, and it is the
salesmanís job to suggest you buy them.
is no need to buy expensive cables. This especially
applies to HDMI cables, which carry a 100 percent
digital signal. It will either be transmitted properly,
or it wonít. All you need is a good, solid connection
and adequate shielding to prevent interference, and you
donít need to spend $40 to get that.
stores only carry expensive HDMI cables, so much of the
public is unaware of how unnecessary this is and that
perfectly functional, much less expensive alternatives
are available. Iíll start with Monoprice, a
California-based company that probably did more than
anyone to burst this bubble by offering fairly priced
cables along with great customer service. They sell a
6-foot high-speed HDMI cable for as little as $1.99.
Cable Mart of Eden Prairie, Minn., gets rave reviews
from my readers living near there, and they sell online
as well. If you really want that 18Gbps ultra-high-speed
cable, they sell one for as little as $6.93 for a 6-foot
are tons of choices on amazon.com. I would recommend you
consider their own Amazon Basics line, and the Twisted
Veins brand two-pack that gets you two 6-foot HDMI
cables along with Velcro cable ties for only $7.96.
always been passionate about this subject because it is
such an unnecessary expense. HDMI cables under 5 feet
should cost about the same as a big box of cereal, and
if a cable doesnít pass "Donís Lucky Charms
test," then pass. If you need one from a store for
convenienceís sake, try not to spend more than $20.
That will staunch the bleeding a bit.