Clearly, when I bought that HDMI cable, it was never intended to be a documented experiment or any sort of work with a mind-set to be used as an empirical study to be published.
Mind you that at that time I wasn't even considering a change in video quality, rather picture, yes/no, and that's it. To me, at that time was basically this. New HDMI cable works with the HDmedia player and the TV, i.e. I see the image on the screen=good enough for me. Nothing else and nothing more.
So trust me that I clearly understand and am very much aware that what I describe could not be used as any empirical evidence, or to that effect in any published study. It meets very little criteria of a credible study or a research (trust me that I know this all too well.)
As for the argument that specific cable testing to show specific error codes and how they would be translated onto screen, visually and audibly... That, I am actually skeptical of.
As I discussed already, I actually am convinced that there many production lines from different manufacturers that produce and sell HDMI cables that meet the very minimum of the standard. And regardless of their proprietary testing methods which would show that their cables meet the HDMI standard spec compliance. Or even objective testing to be conducted on these cables. The errors or fluctuations in signal that will be reported with the test, will hold the claim that the onscreen translation will be exceedingly meaningless. Not only because of the claim that humans could not possibly tell, but also because the fluctuations are too random and inconsistent. In one test it might show this margin of distortion or signal interference or degradation, while the same cable will show something slightly different on the next test. Further to that, remember that these tests are conducted in controlled environments (labs and such) where conditions are ideal and possible outside interference is limited. So I say again, those tests can show quite a bit, but clearly can't predict every single parameter of a household potential interference, which in addition, to be taken in consideration to the components that HDMI cable will be used with. TV to BD? XBOX to TV? HD player to receiver? BD to receiver and than another HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV..
That last scenario alone can throw an entire hypothesis of a single HDMI lab cable testing into a frenzy of a whole new set of possible variables to account for quality issues (if they occur at all).
As for the 0,1,0,1 argument.
Although my experience is anecdotal here in terms of empirical evidence, I, and only I alone know best on this matter. And in light of that, I firmly stand on the side that claims that while 0,1,0,1 holds the claim that the signal would be the same irregardless of the pricing of the cable, there is more to it than that. Whether it can or could be proven...?
Well clearly at this point, no.
However, in light of so much of it being reported...
Should it be ignored and dismissed, and for that matter, should not be suggested to consumers as plausible options? Most definitely NOT!
Remember what my initial statement was (back in the beats thread). If you're going to have an entry to mid level set up at home, then I won't suggest spending much on HDMI cables. Monoprice is fairly known for selling fairly solid performing cables in decent price ranges.
But, if you're going to go all out on this Hi End High profile set-up, and I'm talking multiple components, multiple HDMI cables going into one receiver, and then one going into a TV. High possibility of at least one HDMI cable going through a wall and out.. 5.1 or 7.2 Master Audio decoding.. 3D, LED, 240hz refresh rate, 55' or larger panel...
Clearly the above setup will easily go over $5000, providing that you are buying a High End TV and Home Theater components. Do you really want to get by with a $15 - $20 HDMI cables for this?
Even if the scientific approach holds that there should be no issues ....
I know I won't. For the amount I spend on that theater system, I might as-well go for the HDMI cables from outlets claim to be the best in the business, and of course, those who offer lifetime warranty. (There are others that do this beside Monster)
For $5000 and over .... I would definitely choose a brand name $50 - $100 cable over a No-name brand that claims to be of the same quality.
As for recommendations, I will definitely suggest experimenting, and most definitely WILL NOT disway them from the brand name cables; especially if the cable needed is longer and needs to go through a wall.
Edited by Shotor102 - 2/19/12 at 4:12am