I agree build quality will probably make the cable endure, but like all HDMI cables its just transportong bits of information that has no musicality, tone or colour hue... Its simply product differentiation that rules the roost here...
Feel really bad for the company that naively sends an HDMI cable in for review & it gets slated for lesser sound & picture. That cannot be too good to sell a product especially if every other HDMI cable, bar build quality, sends the same information, especially sending dolby/dts info as there is a system to the encoding that sounds the same going in as it does coming out the other end, as long as the cable works.
Jitter with PCM is another argument but there are golden eared audiophiles who will tell you theay can hear the clocking difference due to it being an £80 cable instead of a £200 one.
If i need to buy HDMI cables all over again i will buy well made inexpensive £10 - £20 ones simply so they may last a lot longer than a freebie cable. An HDMI cable should only be reviewed on its quality vs. cost as they either work or don't work..
Why are these reviews still on the site.
"Allows films to deliver a rich, colourful picture, "
So does a £5 lead.
"Doesnt convey the full scale of the sound"
HAve you plugged it in right?
My cheap cables for under a tenner do so, and this will convey exactly the same.
I used to love what hifi but this nonsense about hdmi cables being any different to each other, in anything other than build quality, really undermines its integrity.
They work or they dont, they will not produce different colours.
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