Need HDMI Cable Input: Knowledge/Comparison Assist, Please

Hi all,

I’m seeking actual comparative experience and comparative notes between HDMI cables you’ve tried/used. Please forego comparisons to manufacturer supplied cables or Amazon Basics, no name brand/etc ... I understand that pretty much any quality HDMI you would have bought to replace those would show notable improvements.

I’m engaging in my first round of tweek/improvements since 2019. Video HDMI is something I really should have done a long way back, but simply forgot about, as I focused on my analog audio section. I’m interested in the inexpensive range, and have thus far narrowed it down too (on reading only) Pangea, Furutech, DH Labs or Jenvings Supra HDMI cables. Basically the $100-$300 range.

One HDMI will go from a Fios HD Cable Box to my T.V. (Sony 65Z9D full LED backlit - Sony’s top of the line through 2020).

The other HDMI will go from an Oppo UDP-205 to the TV.

Thanks in advance. I’m very much looking forward to the knowledge and experiences you have to share!


@agisthos   Thank you!  It actually makes sense, but I probably wouldn't have thought to leave the wall receptacle end of the ground floating.  Most likely on sheer reflex I would have terminated that ground to the male receptacle ground port.  Curious, since you've been there-done that twice already ... were the conductors going into your tv sets clamped in place or soldered?   Big fingers crossed you're going to tell me it's a simple clamping mechanism in there.

@sfcfran Of course it will differ from model or manufacturer, but check this thread for what is going on in the LG tv’s;

The cable is connected to the TV power supply via a white connector, but pushed into that connector is spade plugs, which you solder your wires into first. You can try and clamp them into the spade, but its safer to solder IMO. It was all very straightforward, until LG decided to remove the small access port to even get to it on 2022 models. Perhaps this year will return to normal.

I now believe C7/Figure 8 cables, when using 3 core wire but floating at the component end, are compromised in performance due to the connected ground acting as an antenna up the cable length. I have tried it enough times now to confirm this for myself, the first time back 2012. Back then I had the Nordost Heimdall 2 Figure 8, which was just their normal power cable but with a C7 connector on the end. Floating the ground both ends was always better. On a Sony FALD TV, not floating the ground introduced a very slight extra judder in panning shots and fast movement. Floating it fixed that. And now the exact same thing occurred on the new LG G2, it was uncanny.