June 8, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! This week's topic is premium vs. generic cables used for home audio and video. As you can guess, it's one of those sticky topics that can have no end--everyone has an opinion and up to a certain degree, it really just boils down to what works correctly and satisfies you. I'm no audiophile or videophile, but I will weigh in briefly to kick off this topic.
I have spent my fair share on premium and generic cables. When it comes to digital connections, I believe it doesn't matter if you spend $100 or $15 dollars--digital is digital--it either works or it doesn't. Sure, I'm not going to buy the cheapest (manufactured poorly) cable, nor will I spend money on those high-end expensive cables--that don't perform better than the less expensive ones. So I'm the middle-of-the-road guy. As far as analog cable goes--I tend to be a bit pickier and do tend to lean toward better quality cables--because I personally can see and hear the difference--plus analog signals can get interferences from surrounding sources, which can sometimes degrade the sound or picture quality. I'm going to stop right here and let you folks read our member answers to Derek's questions. There is a lot of great advice that ranges from full details to simply personal experience. Take our members' advice for what it is, but ultimately you are the judge. What satisfies you should be all that matters. Personally, I would do some tests, as many members suggested--buy both an expensive and an inexpensive cable and come to the conclusion for yourself--that's what I did and it proved helpful. Good luck, Derek.
Thank you, everyone, for your great input. I'm sure this discussion won't be settled once and for all, but given the information we have from you, I'm certain people will have a better understanding of premium and generic cables--to make a better decision all around. The topic is open for discussion. Have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
All right, so I've been trying to become involved in the high-definition era for a few years now. As far as I'm concerned,
picking the right cables can be controversial. Whenever you
go buy a new HDTV or an accessory component, the salesmen
always ask if you have the appropriate connections. Then they
always ask if you have "the best" connections that will
provide the optimal picture and sound. So is there? Is a $15
cable going to provide equivalent performance to a $100 cable
of the same type? And does this question have a different
answer for analog and digital cables? I'd love to get the
facts straight once and for all. Thanks!
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