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Spend the $$$ on a good power filter
We tried two different expensive HDMI cables with our system which includes a Pioneer KURO TV, a Sony Blu-Ray player, and a Comcast DVR. Neither cable enhanced the picture or sound compared to a $4 HDMI cable from monoprice.com
Next, we installed a Belkin PureAV PF60 power console box which is a fancy surge protector with multi-stage filtering of the voltage for a little under $199 last year. We were impressed by the crisper, brighter, less "noisy" picture on the TV and a slightly more dynamic sound from our Magnepan speakers, McCormack amp and Audio Research pre-amp. All this while using the $4 HDMI cable. These effects were repeatable when going from the Belkin back to using just the AC power outlets on the wall, then back again to the Belkin. Cleaner, crisper, better !
Frankly, I expected no improvements and probably even a squashed dynamic range from the McCormack like I've heard from power conditioners in the past.
We tried the expensive HDMI cables once more to little or no effect. There was a slight perceived extra sparkle to the treble on a Blu-ray music concert disc, but when we reverted to the standard cable it seemed the same.
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