Whenever someone says they’re going to buy a new blu-ray player of HDTV, that is the first thing that I tell them.

In test after test, the more expensive HDMI cables failed to impress in comparison to their cheaper counterparts.

Reviewers and the technicians they consulted saw no difference when it comes to video and audio quality so why dish out hundreds of bucks on cables when you can use the money buying movies instead ?

All you need to do is buy the proper category of cable for your home theater system and you’re up and running :

Cable/Satellite boxes – (HDMI 1.3 or 1.4) Standard/Category 1
Upconverting DVD Player – (HDMI 1.3 or 1.4) Standard/Category 1
Blu-Ray at 720p resolution – (HDMI 1.3 or 1.4) Standard/Category 1
Blu-Ray at 1080p resolution – (HDMI 1.3 or 1.4) High Speed/Category 2
Blu-Ray 3D – (HDMI 1.4) High Speed/Category 2
Blu-Ray Deep Color – (HDMI 1.4) High Speed/Category 2
Blu-Ray 4K – (HDMI 1.4) High Speed/Category 2

(source – HDMI.org)