Grundig Universal review

There's a lot of cable for the money, but it's just not that good Tested at £15.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Yes, it’s a lot of cable for the money, but it's just not that good. We'd buy something else


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    A lot of cable for the money

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    well turned out


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    Poor colour vitality

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    less depth of the image than rivals

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Ever heard that expression ‘never mind the quality, feel the width'?

It could have been coined especially for for the Grundig Universal HDMI cable, a 2m length of digital audio/video connectivity that offers, at best, only marginal value for money.

Sure, you're getting two metres of cable in a market where most rivals offer 1.5m or less, and yes, the Grundig is well turned out, as you'd expect from a cable made by a comparatively well-known brand.

But in performance terms, the Universal just isn't that good: direct comparisons with the cheaper ThatCable (£5 for 1.5m) showed the Grundig has less colour vitality, reduced punch and less depth to the image, plus less sonic snap.

We'd buy the cheaper cable every time.

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