Best Buy Sells Overpriced HDMI Cable For More Than Many TVs

We’ve seen many an overpriced HDMI cable in our time, especially in places such as Best Buy, so it takes a lot to make us do a double take. Never to be underestimated, Best Buy has come through with a (crack) smoking deal on a cable that costs more than many of the retailer’s Black Friday TV deals.

This beauty can be yours for $695.99. Good news, though — free shipping!

(Thanks, John!)

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  1. cardigan says:

    Looks like AudioQuest is the new Monster Cable.

    • Nick1693 says:

      We’ll see if they start suing for the words “Audio” and “Quest”.

    • slim150 says:

      you’re about to be sued for using M****** C**** in a sentence

    • kc2idf says:

      They’ve even been sued by Monster. Check it out: http://www.stereophile.com/news/010807aqmonster/

      Of course, I would issue the usual reminder: A digital signal is either there, or it isn’t. If it is, then using a “better” cable doesn’t make it “more there”.

    • tooluser says:

      You *can* buy cables that are too cheap.

      Some cables are not properly constructed and will pull apart at the connector, have short or shorted pins, or have a design feature (such as “snag-free” ethernet cables) that adds a little to the cost.

      But this is not one of those cases.

      • Joseph S Ragman says:

        It won’t pull apart so long as someone isn’t constantly fucking with it.

        I used a cheap cable, and I am having no problems with my setup. Plug everything in once and forget about it, and that Walmart Special cable (list price: $9.99) will work just as well as that $699.00 cable shown above.

        Buyer beware. And fuck Monster Cable, too. Because I said so.

        • diddy0071 says:

          I think I love you…and if your a dude, I’m a dude also, so let’s not make it awkward. Love this comment.

        • JonStewartMill says:

          I can top your $9.99 Wal-Mart cable. I bought mine online (from Cables 2 Go, IIRC) for $0.99*, and it works just fine. That was after going to Best Buy and Radio Shack and seeing them for $39 and $49, respectively.

          *full disclosure — I paid a couple of bucks for shipping

        • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

          I had very bad luck with a set of cables from Big Lots. The weight of the cable itself was enough to make it separate from the connector.

          I’ve used Monoprice cables for several years and have never had any problems with them. However, when their site was hacked last year, many thousands of their customers had personal information stolen, including myself, and I refuse to use them any more.

          Cheap cables aren’t worth the risk of identity theft.

  2. BannedInBrittan says:

    lol Phil, it’s also on Amazon for $695 as well. I wonder why this is news since it seems like $695 is MSRP for the cable and none of the physical stores I’ve found carry it. Objectivity: you don’t have much.

    • PsychicPsycho says:

      Well, OBJECTIVELY that’s a $20 cable at most.

      • Gulliver says:

        No, everything in the world is what somebody is willing to pay for it. If Best Buy Amazon or ANYBODY Else can get $695 for it, and the person who pays it, that is what its worth is. How much it cost to produce, what YOU feel it is worth, or what a competitor charges have NOTHING to do with its value.

        • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

          We’ll call it a tax for uneducated rich people and leave it at that.

          • Gulliver says:

            I could say a Rolls Royce, designed jeans, Dom Perignon, or lobster are a tax for uneducated rich people as well. What’s your point?

            • Plasmafox says:

              This cord does not make any quantitative statements that indicate it performs better than its $20 counterparts, only a bunch of pseudoscience. “long grain copper”? What advantage does that have? Dialectric Bias? Are silver contacts a good idea- Silver conducts better than gold, but it corrodes much more easily! Can a human being distinguish the differences provided by this cable? Can devices actually make use of it? It doesn’t say. I suspect if they had evidence to support it, they would flaunt it as some percentage increase in performance.

              Taking an HDMI cable that can only speculatively said to have better performance than a $20 HDMI cable, and selling it for $700 is immoral even if people are willing to pay. It’s akin to fraud. That’s the point.

              • Gulliver says:

                Fraud? Are you serious? The specs are what they are. Fraud is flat out lying. Advertising and marketing is saying why your product is better. In fact, would you buy a lobster that was only $1 on a menu? NO, you would think the lobster was spoiled or something was wrong with it. I could say a pair of calvin klein underwear that retail for $20 are no different than the 3 for $5 wal mart brand, and likely made in the same factory. Would that be fraud? That is about the same percentage difference in pricing. IS GM committing fraud when they sell a car with the same body and engine under different name plates? You really need to learn a little bit about LEGAL definitions before you spout off stupid comments.

                • Daggertrout says:

                  The irony being lobster used to be cheap food for poor people and servants. Then someone got the bright idea to sell it as a delicacy. ;)

                • Plasmafox says:

                  You’re right, it doesn’t fit the legal definitioin. That’s why I said “akin to”. They are using misinformation and false promises to get people to give them exorbitant amounts of money for an average-at-best product. It’s completely different from your examples. Rolls Royce makes quantitatively better cars that cost more money, it doesn’t take cheap cars and mark them up 3000%. Lobster actually has superlative qualities that cause it to be worth that much- it isn’t Tilapia in a fancy box, it’s actually a better product.

                  They’re lying about their product to make money. How do you not see a problem with this?

                • DEVO says:

                  Gulliver. You seem uptight guy.

              • barty says:

                If someone is stupid enough to buy an overpriced cable, let them!

                Don’t go off crying fraud to the local government stooge because you think someone is “taking advantage” of someone. This is just another great way to identify idiots in society. You’ve got people out there that think nothing inexpensive is ever of good quality, so they go out and spend 30 times as much as they need on something just to satisfy their ego.

            • DEVO says:

              No you really couldn’t. If you could get a rolls royce, or lobster or designer jeans anywhere for pennies on the dollar you would be stupid not to. A rolls is better than a hyundai, Lobster tastes better than cod and designer jeans look better than Rustlers. The HDMI cable is no better than their 20$ counterpart. You will probably get really angry and let me have it for this one.

        • SunnyLea says:

          God, and somebody in this world just keeled over from absolute starvation in the time it took me to type this. Seriously.

          I’m not bashing all luxury. I have nice things. I eat out. I leave food on my plate.

          But this is… obscene.

    • OnePumpChump says:

      “Objectivity: you don’t have much.”

      I would like to know your reasoning for concluding this.

      • metsarethe... says:

        Because he isn’t calling out all the stores that are selling the same thing at the same price, it isn’t just Best Buy

        • Sammich says:

          Perhaps he only knew about Best Buy. At that point you could call it a lack of investigative ability, but not a lack of objectivity.

          • XianZhuXuande says:

            That’s… a lazy cop out. AudioQuest is a bigger snake oil brand than Monster and any half-assed search on the internet would reveal that their products are sold at numerous locations. And I think it shouldn’t be that great a leap in conclusion to say that the brand name suggests that it is probably just a brand Best Buy is carrying.

            Sure, it is sad that Best Buy *is* carrying rip-off trash like this, but I think it is fair to call Consumerist out for posting yet another Best Buy bashing article without equally representing the article contents.

          • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

            And it’s not like the point of this website is intense investigative journalism and scrutiny. It’s here for your enjoyment and education.

  3. oldwiz65 says:

    What bothers me is that some idiots will actually pay the price.

    • Ragman says:

      What bothers me is that the idiots who are paying that much aren’t buying it from me.

      • soulbarn says:

        If only it were a tax. We could fund health care – or war, if you’re of that bent. Of course, in terms of policy, getting the rich to pay their share – either through progressive tax rates, or via a luxury *sales* tax – is considered “socialism.”

        Bottom line: the rich get soaked by Best Buy and Amazon, not the American people. And they don’t even have to pay sales tax for an Amazon order.

    • topgun says:

      I want that idiot to adopt me.

    • Dr.Wang says:

      Yes, it bothers me too. But that is why they call it the Stupid Tax, it’s selective to just the uninformed. Anyone paying more than a few bucks for an HDMI cable deserves to.

      I tell people that HDMI is a digital signal, a data stream, ones and zeros. If you think that buying a $50 printer cable over a $5 printer cable will make your printer output look better than I wouldn’t expect the very expensive HDMI cable will make your video better either (unless you are making a very long cable run).

    • bfrosty says:

      Hey, I resent that…
      Where else would I find an appropriate HDMI cable to match the back of my tv!?
      /sarcasm

    • bdgbill says:

      It shouldn’t bother you. The random dumb-dumbs who buy these things subsidize the the cheap prices on HDTV’s, laptops and other things that you probably buy.

      That being said, I would not let my mom or grandparents go buy a TV without me these days.

  4. Weighted Companion Cube says:

    umm there’s one for the low low price or $2,200.99. as well as many others for more than the cheapo $695.99 version.

  5. jpdanzig says:

    Yikes — words fail me… This is obscene!

  6. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    Looks like you can get finacing too. Imagine! Financing for a lousy HDMI cable!

  7. daemonaquila says:

    It just proves that suckers and their money are soon parted. The comments saying that it’s not even the highest-priced cable, and that other retailers also are selling it for that price, are just proof that companies are out to rob their customers blind for items that can easily be bought for much less.

  8. Floppywesl says:

    Step 1 – cut a hole in the box
    Step 2 – put cheap HDMi cables in that box
    Step 3 – profit from that box

  9. BStorm says:

    Earlier this year I was in the position of having to evaluate long HDMI solutions for a job where the video source and projector were going to be in separate rooms at least 25′ away and we tested cables from a bunch of brands.

    The cables from Monster and AudioQuest failed to deliver even mediocre signal over 25′ even with a signal booster, and anything under that was indistinguishable between those and much lower priced cables even using 4K cinema projectors on a 50′ screen. We ended up using 30′-50′ cables and a booster from Gefen for most of the installations, and the price per run for both components was still about $200 less than the price of this single 6′ cable (and that was before the bulk discount for buying 20 at a time). A few runs ended up requiring fiber, but even then the cost of the converters and the cable were about equal to this single cable.

    • dangermike says:

      Yep, HDMI being a digital standard either receives a usable signal or doesn’t. As long as the cable doesn’t allow so much signal degradation that the digital pulses are obscured, the image from one will be exactly the same as the image from the next.

      But I know you know that. I posted more to say thank thank THANK YOU for using the correct noun case of ‘install.’ I cringe when I hear people use the verb as a noun. It sounds really dumb. I always see a best buy “Geek Squad Install Unit” box truck in their parking lot on he way to work and it really makes me wonder why anyone would hire them for anything if they can’t even describe their purpose correctly. “Install” and “Build” are used this way all the time and I was starting to think I was the only one who noticed. The worst I’ve heard is an AAMCO adon the radio around here with the announcer saying “Most people who come to AAMCO don’t need a rebuild transmission.” Gah.

      • wrjohnston91283 says:

        I bet you get upset when people talk about Linux distros too.

      • pawnblue says:

        But how does language grow, change, and improve if we slavishly stick to the dictionary? No one seems upset about that scandalous replacement of thou with you.

      • BStorm says:

        LOL! You’re welcome!

        I never thought being a junior grammar geek in high school would pay off, but my managers frequently ask me proofread their email before sending it out and I’m regularly asked to author and revise training documents, in addition to being the most senior tech in my department.

        I once had a supervisor at another company who pulled me into an office privately one day to tell me that I was being ‘too wordy’ in my trouble reports and that nobody cared about the details or language. Later that day we had an ‘all hands’ shift meeting and along with other announcements the floor manager handed over my promotion to a floor lead position (effectively a half-step above supervisor but with less paperwork and more hands-on authority to resolve problems), specifically citing the clear and thorough notes that I used in all my troubleshooting as the major factor.

        My supervisor left early that day.

    • pete says:

      What “4K cinema projector” uses HDMI as an input?
      All the 4k projectors I’ve seen either use HD-SDI or multiple DVI connections for digital input.
      Just curious, haven’t tinkered with 4k gear in a little while.

      • BStorm says:

        The Sony 4K supposedly has an optional HDMI input (though I don’t know of any installations that have used it yet), as well as several others I can’t name as they’re still in the R&D process, but we did end up converting to DVI in our 4K testing as this was before the HDMI options were readily available (and we haven’t bothered to try it since as all existing 4K installations already had converters in place). I guess it was really overkill since the client in this case wasn’t using 4K projectors, and even with built-in HDMI support the source material wouldn’t have looked any better, but we did it anyway.. the equipment was in place and curiosity to see the results was deemed a good enough reason. Regardless, the more expensive cables didn’t provide any measurable improvement in playback quality than the less expensive cables we tested, which was the whole point of the exercise.

        As for why they would include the option of using HDMI on 4K cinema projectors, my guess is there was enough feedback from theaters indicating that they wanted the option to use the projectors for non-cinema sources, and HDMI is increasingly common on the high-end consumer playback devices that would likely be used. Given the desire to keep things as simple as possible in the booth, a direct HDMI input without needing external converters or special cables would be a major plus. After the slow adoption of digital cinema in the first place, nobody wants to give customers an easy excuse to go with a competitor.

        • pete says:

          Ahhh so you used DVI-to-HDMI adapters, gotcha.
          Ya I wasn’t aware of any current gear that has/had native HDMI input.

  10. Southern says:

    Guess you missed the 8-foot AudioQuest K2 terminated speaker cable with UST plugs.

    http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-K2-terminated-speaker-cable/dp/B000J36XR2

    Only $6,800. with FREE Super Saver shipping! (Regular List Price: $8,450.00. You save $1,650).

    • Southern says:

      P.S.. Some of the reviews are hilarious. :)

    • dangermike says:

      pshaw. At $1650, you better buy now. Look. They only have one more in stock. Can’t you tell a good bargain when you see it?

    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

      I have to comment only because I ended up spewing my coffee over my keyboard- when I went to look at the comments for this K2 cable, on the side where it says “Customers who viewed this item also viewed” and lists 3 other things…….was “Male Testicular Exam Model Anatomy by Lake Forest Anatomicals Male Health” – I guess it was for the men who actually BOUGHT these cable to find out if their dangly bits were still there…..HILARIOUS!!!!!

    • Gruppa says:

      From the reviews;

      “If there is one cable I would whole-heartedly trust to my Chimera-hunting needs, this would be the cable. No other cable has the tensile strength to properly and efficiently garrote a lycanthrope, asphyxiate an Esquilax or even gag a mermaid. Last week, using my trusty AudioQuest K2 (retrofitted with lead weights, bright orange latex paint and a generous coating of crushed glass stolen from the window of an abandoned church at midnight), I managed to snuff 3 golden unicorns in swift succession!

      Pros: Quickly tears through scales, fur, bone, and adamantium with ease
      Coils and uncoils from hip holster (optional) quickly and quietly
      For a product fabricated from 1,000 Onyx Dragon fetuses, the price is unbelievably reasonable!

      Cons: Shipping from the R’lyeh took far too long
      Doesn’t come in 10′ lengths (which would be perfect for hydra, cerberii and other multi-headed creatures)
      After every use, I can feel 6 ounces of my soul slipping from my core into the ether. But this may be due to the fact that I prefer to work without gloves. YMMV.

      Overall, I would recommend that any hunter buy one, nay, two, of these immediately, and experience the difference that upgrading to the K2 will make in your next quest!”

      • pantheonoutcast says:

        I haven’t visited The Consumerist in months, and what do I see on my first trip back? My very own snarky Amazon review. I’m going to go back into my hole now…

    • TasteyCat says:

      For $6800, they can’t do any better than super saver shipping?

    • midtower says:
  11. dvdchris says:

    it has a green light!

  12. daveinva says:

    Face it: that’s the price one has to pay to take their mini-golf game to the next level.

  13. bluetech says:

    Yikes, if I need a HDMI cable immediately and can’t wait for the el cheapos online to get shipped, I head over to Big Lots and get one for about $13.

  14. dirtylurker says:

    I dont care if you are a zillionaire and have the money to waste on these cables. Really tell me you can see the difference between el cheepo and this one? Really I dont care about the specs. I talked to a Magnolia Best Buy guy and he couldnt show me the difference. All he could do is tell me the specs and benefits. They do make cheaper cables though around 50-70 bux but still is overpriced.

  15. Giles says:

    This cable is now DIAMONDS!!!

  16. njack says:

    I thought you were supposed to put your junk in that box, then get her to open the box…..then PROFIT

  17. gitmo234 says:

    I just wrote up a nice review, it will be posted sometime in the next 72 hours

  18. Me - now with more humidity says:

    I like that they also have a refurbished one for only $4999. LOL

  19. Hedgy2136 says:

    Monoprice FTW.

    I just ordered two 3ft. HDMI cables from them. Shipped, they were just about $10.00. Quality is just as good as anything I’ve seen at a fraction of the price.

    • Outrun1986 says:

      Monoprice also has a lifetime guarantee on all cables, and if something is wrong they will replace your cable promptly, they also ship from the US so its not like you are buying from one of those china guys on ebay. If anyone is doubting monoprice, this should make them think twice.

    • Rocket says:

      Agreed. Monoprice FTW.

    • TardCore says:

      I will also add that monoprice has been a great find for me.

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      Monoprice is great, as long as you don’t mind having your identity stolen due to their lack of security.

  20. Anachronism says:

    in for 2

  21. msky says:
  22. vastrightwing says:

    Yes, but have you checked out the AKDL1 Denon link cable on Amazon? Pallleeezzze! LMAO!

  23. Blueskylaw says:

    If you are going to buy a cable for your precious television then it may as well be the best.

    At least they offer financing.

  24. daveinva says:

    Okay, checking the rest of the cables on Best Buy, I noticed that this wasn’t a typo– three *really are* a whole bunch of cables priced at these insane prices.

    Honestly, how can this be? I can (barely) understand paying a premium for analog speaker wire, maybe in the $100+ range per 50 feet, but how does anyone pay more than a few bucks for DIGITAL cable? It’s ones and zeroes!

    Man, I got into the wrong business.

    • Daggertrout says:

      Well, if the cable isn’t calibrated right, the zeros could get stuck, then the ones wouldn’t be able to get through at all!

      • Kishi says:

        That’s just a lie. There’s a hole in the middle of the zero, so the ones will make it through, but quite a bit slower.

  25. jerrycomo says:

    Osti de crosseurs…

  26. bigd738778 says:

    I really feel sorry for anyone who buys this or believes that the more money a cable costs the better it is.The only “extra” I believe in is a quality power supply adapter, that is UL listed, but just for safety so a hundred dollars for those are stupid too.

  27. Hungry Dog says:

    This plugs into your skull for the ultimate 8d, surround sound, in/out sound, tri-color, weatherproof, reflex experience.

  28. framitz says:

    But wait;
    “Compatible with most HDMI-enabled devices”
    I wonder what a cable that works with ALL HDMI-enabled devices costs?

    The other product features are equally entertaining.

  29. Jeff-er-ee says:

    I love the comment that someone left:

    “Got this thing home, plugged it in and was amazed. Not only was it the clearest, sharpest, picture, I’d ever seen, but the sound quality could only be described as transcendent. Oh, and it also transformed my 32 inch Samsung TV into an oracle of prophesy. I can now ask the TV any question about past or future events and it will give me precise and accurate answers. Only one week and I’ve made about 40 grand in the options markets thanks to this thing. At this rate I should be able to buy my first nuclear submarine within 6 months. Who knows where I can go from there.”

    That’s why it costs so much…it’s actually an investment with future income!

  30. bananaboat says:

    I gave Thelma666 a thumbs up on her review then added my own.

  31. emptyV says:

    what is the markup on those….like 8,000,000,%?????

  32. pcPhr34k says:

    Check out the Customer Review! Priceless!

  33. MacUser1986 says:

    http://www.monoprice.com

    No one should overpay for an HDMI cable!

  34. TampaShooters says:

    Does anyone actually buy these things? I bought a couple HDMI cables the other day for $1 each shipped… They work just fine.

  35. Torchwood says:

    Are these cables made with unobtanium?

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      Unobtanium was to hard to get our hands on, so we made them out of yeahrightium alloy, a 60/40 blend of unpronouncium and implausibium.

  36. Crazytree says:

    It would be hilarious if someone financed this cable and then had it turned over to collections, ruining their credit.

  37. check this out says:

    Does it come with TV attached?

  38. Buckus says:

    Well, at least there’s free shipping.

  39. gorgeousplanet says:

    Reliable old Phil, always posting just the most well researched useful news out there…

  40. Razor512 says:

    it is a good cable, Before, for my living room TV, I had a $3, 6 foot HDMI cable that I got from amazon.com
    With the $3 cable, I thought my picture was perfect as there were no errors or anomalies in the picture.

    But with the AudioQuest HDMI cable, my picture is much better. Especially when viewed through my HD sunglasses.

  41. humbajoe says:

    Did you really add nothing to the article for those who clicked it other than an image and one line including the price?

    Sleazy.

  42. WickedCrispy says:

    What most people don’t realize is that these so called super cables and connections are only as good as the weakest link in the chain. Does your tv have gold plated super connections on the back? On the board / bus? Does your PS3 or xbox 360? Your Blueray Player? Honestly a cable is a cable.

  43. WickedCrispy says:

    P.S. Research “attenuation.” I think these cables should come with a rating, and then we’ll see how it affects pricing.

  44. EdnaLegume says:
  45. Mike H says:

    For a 6 ft. cable the max price should never go over $10. If the signal was analog and not digital then the massive shielding might be required but digital does not need that kind of shielding. For reliable inexpensive cables you need to browse the Cable Wholesale WEB site. And, no, I do not own any part of the company. I stumbled on them some time back and have used them a lot since them. Never a bad cable.
    http://www.cablewholesale.com/

  46. Wizdad says:

    Just saw a six foot HDMI cable at 5 Below for $5.00. Remember, HDMI signals are digital, consisting of on or off pulses of electricity. There is no such thing of degrading signals in digital format. They work, or they don’t. The cheapest cable will work as well as the most expensive.

  47. SassySoy says:

    omg. people are so stupid. I would NEVER buy a TV from best buy. Your better off going on Amazon and getting one shipped to you. A lot come with free shipping or if they do, the cost is cheaper then what you would pay in taxes. I had to get a 25ft HDMI cable for my tv. Cost me 10$ on amazon. But people are idiots and go to best buy to get a 6ft one for 60$.

  48. SassySoy says:

    Read the comments on the best buy page. There totally all bought off people. Its insane.

    • ellmar says:

      If you had purchased a higher quality cable for your sarcasm detection device you would know that most of the reviews are mocking.

  49. SassySoy says:

    READ THIS “REVIEW” OF THIS CABLE:

    “This is why I shop only at Best Buy !!! They offer the best deals. This is the best cable I ever had. No more cheap cables for me, this cable is a pinnacle of engineering and design. The coffee color was almost a deal breaker for me (I don’t drink coffee), but luckily I purchased this awesome HDMI cable. It makes your old games look so much BETTER. I’ve never seen Link look so good in my The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past game. I know light travels faster through this cable, thusly improving image quality. This marvel makes my old SNES look better than ever. I only wish to buy some more cables before they run out of stock !!!”

  50. JManBrody says:

    Wow, what happened to the old standard, cheap, simple, high bandwidth Coaxial cable? The HDMI cable is stupid design; not only is the connector too bulky for the circuit board-mounted female end, it can’t be used effectively over long distances. The HDMI cable is just another example of industry screwing the consumer.

  51. DoozerKing says:

    I love the reviews on the BestBuy site for this cable.

    My favorite: “I was little worried about the low 695.00 price. I had to finance it and had geek squad come out to install it for me.”

    A two year old could install an HDMI cable. But since people who shop at BestBuy are a little lower on the intellectual food chain, maybe that explains it.

  52. WVUmountaineers says:

    It’s really sad because there’s a little old lady somewhere who’s going to be hussled into buying this by some high-pressure salesman…

    I remember when I first bought an HD tv, the salesman insisted I needed to buy one of the more expensive HDMI cords and sadly I folded and spent an extra 30 bucks on something I didn’t need..live and learn right?

  53. tjustman says:

    But women buying designer handbags for thousands of dollars is ok?

  54. Winteridge2 says:

    Looks much like the same one I got at Sam’s Club for $19.95. Dang those Chinese!

  55. JohnOB1 says:

    The reviews are actually worth checking out. Very funny.

  56. darcylucilly says:

    That is so criminal. All functioning HDMI cables are equal. I’ve heard this little speech from my hubby about 40 times now:

    “It’s a digital signal. It’s either on or off. It does not degrade.”

  57. Zernhelt says:

    I was looking at an Xbox at Best Buy last week, and they were selling some package that included an HDMI cable, the console, and a game. The package claimed the HDMI cable was a $60 or $70 value. I had already decided to buy the Xbox online, but if I had been buying it from Best Buy, I would have asked if they can take $60 off if I don’t get the HDMI cable.

    It’s ridiculous how much they price these things for. I can buy an HDMI cable online for around $1.00.

  58. LastError says:

    You gotta pay extra for all those atoms of copper, carefully assembled into a crystalline lattice to delicately carry the precise signal of flowing electrons from one end of the cable to the other, literally trillions of atoms away, all at the speed of light!

    This feat of extreme engineering and scientific genius requires the best materials money can buy.

    Or about $2.00 at MonoPrice, but who’s counting.

    I bet MonoPrice doesn’t have HDMI cables in brown. HaHA!

  59. cecilsaxon says:

    I simply had to have the very best HDMI cable and price was NO object. You see when I want to watch digital television in the winter pent house I need the very, very best. I simply can’t stand jitter of any kind. Only the riff-raff watch jitter littered digital television. I sir, am no riff-raff.

    My only disappointment with this digital cable is that it was not gold lined copper with a hand tailored leather sheath. Silver and plastic is so gauche, so gauche indeed. What I endure is amazing at times.

    What’s great about it: It is the ver best digital cable
    What’s not so great: Everyone can buy it, and its not gold lined copper

  60. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    I think I’ll stick to the deal at Tiger Direct. Btw–this is in Canadian dollars, which sure I know isn’t much different from a greenback, but still, 4×6′ HDMI cables for $19, in case one or two die on you, sure beats Audio Quest! $696×4 = $2,784 which is much > $19.

  61. pete says:

    Everybody seems to overlook the single question who’s answer completely and utterly destroys the claims of any purveyor of snake-oil high-end digital cabling.
    That question is, how come there isn’t any uber-high quality Cat5/5e/6 cables used in enterprise IT?
    Ya, ones and zeros. They get there or they don’t.

  62. isollae says:

    http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-High-Speed-Meters-Supports-Channel/dp/B001T9NUJE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291046875&sr=8-1

    7 bucks at amazon. that said…this specific cable seems to have extra shielding and other.. gimmicks..that they are using to push up the price. As BannedinBrittan says, there does seem to be some hdmi cables running into this price range if you dig for them. I can only imagine what kind of environment you must be working in to need that kind of shielding.

  63. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I just want the name and addresses of people who have bought this cable. I have some digital snake oil I’d like to sell..

    Seriously, how could anyone smart enough to make the kind of money to pay for this be so stupid???

    Monoprice.com. They’re so good, they don’t have an affiliate program. And I’ll pimp the for free!

  64. darksly says:

    Who is anyone here to judge someone with the means to purchase this item…. It’s their money they can spend it how they wish….

  65. DanGarion says:

    How is this specifically a Best Buy article? Shouldn’t you be bashing the manufacture instead?

  66. touayang says:

    I just read the reviews on these cables and they are hilarious.