Video and Audio Cables: Are Consumers Paying More than Necessary?

Consumers have paid upwards of $100 for cables whose performance is equal to a standard $10 six-foot HDMI cable. Many electronic stores and manufacturers have made claims that these “premium” cables outperform standard cables. However, many well respected third party reviewers, such as cnet.com contend that this isn’t necessarily the case. “Do you really need to spend that much money on a single HDMI cable? Absolutely not – those cables are a rip-off” says CNET. “And despite what salesman and manufacturers might tell you, there’s no meaningful difference between the $10 cable and the $50 cable.”

Cases where consumers have been mislead about the quality of the cables, and extreme up-selling has also been happening more frequently than not. According to engadgethd.com “Upon further inspection, he realized that the difference in picture quality wasn’t due to the gold-plating or fancy braiding, but rather the use of composite cables on the non-Monster TV.” And according to gizmodo.com “While Monster cables are of good quality and engineering, when it comes to digital signals, specifically HDMI cables, we know that its a better idea to buy a $5 dollar HDMI cable today, and then when bandwidth requirements go up in future specs of HDMI, just buy another $5 cable then. It’s a lot cheaper than $100 HDMI cables from Monster.”
If you have experienced any of these practices, contact us immediately. Practices such as these are misleading to consumers and are leaving them with no choice but to pay premium prices for unnecessary high-end cables.