Top critical review
Should be 2.5 out of 5
on 16 February 2014
I have two identical Amazon Basics HDMI cables. One has been absolutely great, getting really regular use for over a year now and still going strong, so I didn't hesitate to buy another "cheap" cable when I bought my new Panasonic DMR box. Everything was fine for the first few weeks, then I started to get a serious picture issue both on "live" TV and playback of recordings. My fear of having a faulty box made me very unsystematic in my approach, I fiddled with the picture and HDMI link settings, searched relentlessly for solutions. Having tried the HMDI cable in a different port on the television, I had only touched that end of the connection (the TV end). Finally I thought about turning everything off on the box and went to unplug the HMDI cable. The link to the box was hot to the touch. Luckily for me I had an older HDMI cable and plugged this in and it's been in for over a fortnight and no problems at all. In fact, everything that was flickering in playback has stopped doing that, so it can only have been the faulty HDMI cable.
It's impossible to completely discount this for quality, but I would suggest that you buy with caution. Even though I am not completely convinced that the better quality cable was worth the money, it, too, was in constant use for several years between our DVD recorder and television, and I've never had any trouble with that.