So, I was debating with Andrew, and he tells me Im full of shit. So I thought I'd make a post about it since I am bored at work and let you guys know my findings.
My dad just bought some new gear for the casa, I helped him install and set it up.
Pioneer Elite Pro151 60"
Denon BD BTCI
Pioneer 05FD BD (we A/Bed em, wanted to see which was best)
So, we had watched a movie on the Toshiba with a Rocket Gear HDMI cable we picked up to try at Best Buy (40 something bucks~low end, not the Monster stuff which I think is over priced). The movie looked and sounded really really good, all things considering (HD not as good as BD, lower end machine etc).
Later after that, we watched a few minutes of Cars on BD on the Pioneer. This machine was hooked up with an Audioquest HDMI-3 cable ($375 retail, I paid about 1/12th of that) I bought last year. So anyway, $40 retail cable vs $400 retail cable. It was astonishing how much better the picture was on the Pioneer vs the Toshiba. So, was this the cable or the technology or the better machine?
Turns out if was all of those. I took the same cable (Best Buy) and hooked it to a Blu Ray Transport I bugged my dad to try (since he already got the Elite, and I thought it was hokey and ugly (Im a Denon guy for cheaper stuff). We hooked it up, and ABed Cars (my dad and I both have a copy). I synchroed them, both input to the 3808, and output to the TV with a single HDMI. The color on the Pioneer was MUCH more vibrant and the details of the cars and shine to the paint etc was much more aparent on the Pioneer with the "better" cable.
To the point that my parents both heckeled me to wanting to bother with the Denon. So I went and snatched the other Audioquest cable off my PS3, and hooked it up so the players had the same cable (make it more fair). Immediately the Denon responded with more detail, sharpness and contrast! The blacks were deeper and the colors were BLING! More so than the Pioneer believe it or not!
The only way to really describe it is picture a really good painting using water paints, the colors are good but not vibrant, and then picture a similar painting using oil based paints... MORE color and depth. The stereo system is fairly janky right now, so indeed there should have been an audio difference in the cables, but I could not depict one, since the TV was good it was more noticeable in the coloring and detail. If we had a better stereo, I am sure there might have been a better sound as well.
Anyway, that is my findings. Take them with a grain of salt. The HDMI-3 cables are the best ones AQ makes. I am not sure if there is a "better" company, as all cables should be the same picture wise, but these cables for sure make a difference... you can get em on ebay CHEAP from over seas.
Anyone of you guys that I know, I am bringing a cable with me next time I am in town to prove Andrew wrong, I'd love to come by and have you swap it out and see the difference as well.