OK so maybe that title is a bit exaggerated. Of course I could live without these things, just like I could also technically live...
So like many Americans last week, I decided to upgrade to HDTV for the Super Bowl. I really don’t care about the game in particular, but the two things that I think look great in HD are Pixar movies and football.
Well I got a pretty good deal on the TV at the Oxnard Best Buy, but man did they want to rip me off on the cables! The cheapest HDMI cable they carry is $30 and cheapest optical audio cable is $20. Well a little research told me that you can get HDMI cables on Amazon for less than $7, and Optical audio cables for $2. And I can’t see or hear any difference. I’m sure the marketing department at Monster Cable can tell you there is some kind of data showing their cables are worth $90, but brother I don’t see it. I think it’s purely a value play, as in “Well you’re spending $2,000 on a TV… don’t you think it’s worth another $90 to get the best possible HDMI cable?” Answer: NO.
Don’t let Best Buy take you to the cleaners. Here are the links to the cheap cables (I do not get any commission and was not compensated for putting these on here):
Even if you pay for overnight shipping you’re still ahead of the game.