The Cable Game

Cable Confidential (chart)

Prices vary far more than performance does.

Digital HDMI Cables Length 1 Price
AudioQuest HDMI-X 4.5 meters $183
CableWholesale HDMI-01115 15 feet (4.57 meters) $31
Kimber Kable HD19 4 meters $146
Monster Cable M1000HDMI-4M 4 meters $300
StarTech HDMIMM15 15 feet (4.57 meters) $64
Analog Component Cables Length 1 Price
AudioQuest YIQ1-1 4.5 meters $275
CableWholesale 10R4-03112 12 feet (3.66 meters) $18
Kimber Kable V21 RGB 4 meters $265
Monster Cable M500CV-4M 4 meters $150
StarTech CPNTHQ12 12 feet (3.66 meters) $42
1 All cable lengths are as close to 4 meters as could be purchased from each vendor. First number listed is the length advertised on the package.
Seán Captain is a freelance technology journalist. Senior Performance Analyst Jeffrey Kuta of PC World conducted all testing. Special thanks to Pixelworks, Quantum Data, Tektronix, the Imaging Science Foundation, Silicon Image, Rohde & Schwarz, Pioneer Electronics, Epson, Denon, and Audioholics.

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