By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY: Choice Magazine has taken a swing at HDMI cables, calling the expensive models marketed by suppliers as rip-offs.

The consumer advocacy publications tested cables from leading brands, including Belkin, Monster, Philips and Sony. Resultant tests indicated consumers should pay no more than $50 for a standard HDMI cable to use on a new flat screen.

“You don’t need to buy an expensive HDMI or digital audio (Toslink) cable to get great video and sound,” wrote Choice.

Choice also criticised installers who prey upon naive or uninformed users, with the publication claiming that one of its employees had been targeted as a potential customer of an overpriced cable.