Anyone just seen the HDMI cable section of Watchdog on BBC One?
They had two identical displays with two identical bluray players feeding the same source to the screens. As the presenter was introducing the piece, I observed the two screens and noticed the image on the left hand screen looked "better". The image didn't look any sharper or more detail but the colours richer and more saturated. The presenter then went on to say the cheaper hdmi cable was on the right. I was pretty stunned that I managed to notice any difference and I wonder if it was possibly a subjective observation. This perception was not a night and day difference.
FYI I'm a adamant supporter of cheap and cheerful hdmi cables. However if it was an objective observation and others agree with me, surely the programme can't go on to say to everyone "yeah they look exactly the same". I thought it was good how Watchdog went on to send secret reporters equipped with hidden cameras into CurrysPCWorld stores and quiz sales assistant about whether you can notice a difference between different prices of cable. The results were a mixed bag with about 50 percent of stores saying there's a massive difference, 30 percent giving "misleading" information and 20 percent saying there's no noticeable difference except for the "actual build quality" of the cable.
An interesting find for a change.