in the audioquest line. the difference between each step is not huge. however the cumulative difference to the diamond is profound. i showed many people that know nothing about a/v and they were stunned. audio cables at some point i even second guess myself. with the diamond hdmi there is no question. of course a $100 cable is better than a free one too. it depends what the rest of your equipment is. i would not put a $1,500 2m cable on a $400 tv obviously. i am sure there are probably even better high end cables. the thing is from a free cable to a $100 one there is a difference but it is sort of hard to be sure. with the diamond compared to a free cable or even a $100 one there is no doubt whatsoever. audio cables are largely subjective(even though i am a fan) and have been questioned many times. the hdmi cable every one could see. i did not tell them which cable was which. as soon as i switched each person to input 3 where it was at there jaw dropped. it was between a free cable, a $500 cable and the diamond. i just wonder what an even better cable is like and if it stops making a difference at some point. btw, i have nothing to do with aq. in fact i think their power cords suck. furthermore i would certainly have chosen a better brand of high end hdmi had it been at the store. nonetheless it is certainly good enough for me. i think an even better cable may exceed the limits of my xbr hx929. of course as always,ymmv. if you are interested and can demo something like this i feel it is worthwhile.
edit:oops, i see there is a thread on hdmi cables going. the consensus is a $5 one is as as good as a $1,500 one. so i have no idea what explains what we all saw. perhaps input 3 on that tv is far better. i have no idea. anyways, i am happy with my cable.
Edited by music_man - 3/6/12 at 3:02am