AudioQuest - Vodka 1.9' HDMI Cable - Blue/Black

Magnolia
Learn more about Magnolia Premium Installation This HDMI cable features solid 10% silver-plated long-grain copper conductors to reduce jitter and distortion.
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$265.99

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Best Buy Customer Reviews

5
GREATEST CABLE EVER Posted by: from: Kansas City on Lemme tell you something about this cable... It makes your TV better by being attached to it. You're probably thinking "Hey, what the hell makes this cable cost 300 some dollars and the other not???? lol??!!" Well I'll tell you. It simultaneously makes the video quality better AND more interesting. Watching low quality cat videos on Youtube? BAM HD National Geographic special on Jungle Cats. Boring Lecture videos for school? BAM automatically feeds the information into your brain in sparking double HD quality. Third reason this cable is worth it, decreases the digital load on your internet connection. I know because I am an electrical engineer, specializing in digital information transfer design. The primary reason that most people's internet slows down is the digital load that low quality cabling causes high amounts of digital noise, and the packets must be re-sent. Seriously buy this cable. In fact buy 3 in case you feel the need to be triple awesome.

73 out of 145 found this review helpful.

5
Expensive Posted by: from: on Not sure if they were worth the cost. I get mixed answers from everyone. Best buy says hdmi is the best way to hook up. Directv says optic. Who knows but using hdmi.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
For those of us with electronic erosion issues... Posted by: from: Pittsburgh, PA on I was in the market for HDMI replacement cables because, quite frankly, the electronic erosion of the gold contacts on my existing cables became a serious quality issue. Of course with gold a considerable amount of erosion is to be expected, so after 3 or 4 months I noticed what I call "color field" degradation and I had to do something about it quickly. Like most people, I never watch TV without an oscilloscope and LaPlace transform correction system, so it was of course only a matter of time before the old, worn out HDMI cables simply had to go. The performance increase with these cables was acceptable, but I have set my sights on even higher fidelity. NASA is experimenting with a superconducting liquid N2-jacketed HDMI cable that should take my viewing experience to new highs. Rumor has it a prototype is available for about $20K.

38 out of 79 found this review helpful.

5
Top Rated Hdmi Audio Quest Posted by: from: on THE AUDIO QUEST " VODKA " CABLE is a top choice connection when using top 4K HDR UltraHD equipment. Spending several thousands on TV , Audio Receiver , 4K ULTRA HDR player or Bluray Player would go to waste unless you boost the transfer of your signals.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
Awesome Cable Posted by: from: Sacramento, California on I understand that for Video HDMI cables will all pretty much get you the same picture quality but after listening to various HDMI cables there definitely is a difference. I own the Def Tech Mythos ST speakers and the Yamaha rx-v3900 and this cable sounds awesome. It makes the sound more realistic, lively, and gives it much more depth and definition then all the other cables I've tried. If you have a decent stereo do yourself a favor and at least listen to better cables. Especially audioquest cables. If you can't hear the difference then return them. I think people who say there is no difference in HDMI cables need to listen for themselves and not just go off what people say on blogs and the Google machine. Awesome cable! Love Audio Quest.

25 out of 49 found this review helpful.

3
MAYBE? NOT WITH WHAT IS OUT THERE. Posted by: from: on Let me start by saying "I do not believe all cables are made equal!" You might consider me "borderline audiophile." I like to save money where ever possible and have the best (anything) I can get for my money. This holds true mostly for my home theater! My family and I spend a lot of time together watching movies so a hdmi cable experiment was a project I enjoyed undertaking. Equipment i used are my 65" 4k tv, Sony 1060 A/V receiver, Comcast (Xfinity) Cable box and a PS4. The hdmi cables I experimented for best performance with my set up were this Audioquest Vodka (which I found cheaper somewhere else but still not cheap), Monster Black Platinum and Monoprice Active Ultra Slim. I watched a bit of 4k content, played some games with the 4k upscale and watched HDTV through Comcast Xfinity box. I always research everything I buy and didn't believe "a digital signal passes or it doesn't which makes all hdmi cables produce the same quality" from my past experience with 1080p. UI found this untrue with my old Panasonic plasma 1080p and HT rig. I went with Monster High Speed 1000 hdmi cables that I got from eBay for $13.00 a piece over really expensive cables back in 2009 which did better at picture quality and sound than all I tried. Anyway, Audioquest Vodka! What a great hdmi cable. I have nothing negative to say about its performance with my set up. Appeared very well engineered, nice build, snug connection, blah, blah, blah. My personal opinion, silver plated conductors are not what I would choose for a hdmi cable I want for the possible long haul of the 4k revolution. Silver is not better than gold (no matter what they say) and they only say this for corrosion sake but I don't live in a humidity ridden area. So, no issue. I let a few family members help me judge between the 3 cables and it was actually fun.The Monster Platinum Black was obviously the Hulk of the cables in physical appearance but we saw no difference in picture quality nor audio quality (using JBL Studio 2 speakers through the A/V receiver). I have a relatively open space for use of cables so tight fit or bends are not an issue. I liked the Monster Platinum personally (no, I am not a brand name junkie). If you plan on doing wall installs I would use this cable but I have a simple entertainment center and I have no need for Hulk cables (if necessary ). I found the Vodka easier to handle through out my wiring hook up needs. I, we (wife) found no difference in the Vodka compared to the Platinum in picture or audio quality watching over the same blu-ray movies or streaming 4k content. Keep in mind the price difference and the Monster felt like a weapon you could be whipped with! Less than $200.00 less on Best Buy. Monoprice , I didn't even want to give this cable a try but after reading so many online reviews I felt compelled! I went with the Active Ultra Thin in my experiment for the possible future 2.2 aspect of passing up to 18gpbs. the price per cable is less than i spend on coffee in a few days. No difference in picture quality or audio between the 3 besides the fact that I didn't feel like I might break the cable running through holes, etc. There are certain things that don't make sense and paying $300.00 dollars for a single hdmi cable while there is an alternative is one of them! I read a review where a guy sold his tv so he could afford an Audioquest cable that he now had no tv to use it with????????? WOW, just.....wow....how fall man has fallen...sigh. I had to know for myself, so I came to this conclusion.....Monoprice Ultra Thin Active HDMI for less than $20 a cable work just as good at the same length than Audioquest Vodka does for HOW MUCH LESS!!!!!????? Well, $300 to be exact. I work for my money, does Audioquest? I returned the 3 Audioquest Vodka cables I bought as well as the Monster Platinum Black and went with Monoprice. I have not had any issue for the past month with Monoprice HDMI being the signal between most of my components and was able to take the money I got back on all the Audioquest and Monster cables I returned and have bought another 4k tv! I hope this helps you all, I am not a fan boy of any company and I work for my money. I go with the best I can get and until they make larger bandwidth for a possible 2.2 difference in cables I found Monoprice to be the Hands Down Winner! Unless you like burning money, please buy this cable.

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

4
Works correctly, but overpriced Posted by: from: Fayetteville, GA on During a $4.5k tv purchase, best ever tv, this cable item was described as the best there is and the Ultra HD TV would be optimally connected". Alhough the HDMI cable works well, it showed no difference in performance than that of a (tried out of curiosity) HDMI cable that was a tenth of the price. Technically, it is possible that this expensive cable can deliver more of the digital signal than a cheaper one, but being digital, the result is either a good viewable display or nothing useable.

13 out of 19 found this review helpful.

5
Wow!! Posted by: from: morgan hill, ca on This cable made such a difference in the quality of viewing!

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Excellent Posted by: from: on Best picture and sound I have heard in a home theater system

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
You get what you pay for... Posted by: from: Brooklyn, CT on I usually do not write product reviews, but feel compelled to based on the negative comments previously left against this product. The previous reviewer makes a comment that, in the digital domain, the signal either gets there or it does not. This is not entirely true... Digital data is highly dependent on timing, much more so than analog data. As data rates get very high, as in the case of Blu-Ray source material with 1080p hi-res video and uncompressed multi-channel audio, data rates across the interconnects become extreme. New 3D technology just adds to the mix. A lesser quality cable, with poor dielectric materials and undersized, higher impedance wire and connectors will suffer from crosstalk between digital channels and 'smearing' of the edges of the digital pulses comprising the individual data streams. Long runs of cable only exacerbate the problems. The high speed 'clocking' signals used to decode the data can misread distorted data resulting in degraded video and audio performance. And this all goes on in the digital domain. The argument can be made that high quality interconnects are more critical in the digital arena than in the analog world. My experience with both analog (aka stereo) and video has shown that it makes sense to buy the best interconnects that you can afford. The differences may be subtle, but are significant, especially if you have invested in high quality electronic components. All Audioquest products are good in my experience. As you move higher in their product range, the quality of materials and workmanship increases. The high quality materials in Vodka cables in this case minimize the distortions described above. I use short Vodka 1-meter interconnects between the 3D capable Blu-Ray player and the AV receiver and between the receiver and the monitor. For other, less demanding HDMI based sources, I use Audioquest Carbon cables, also 1-meter. I have used lesser cables from other mainstream manufacturers in the past. You CAN see and hear the difference. So, IF you have invested in top-tier electronic components, these HDMI cables ARE worth the investment...

48 out of 70 found this review helpful.

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