I have read in several articles on websites (including CNET and Popular Mechanics) that conclude that there is no difference between "high-end" HDMI cables and "non-high-end" HDMI (and digital in general) cables. I have always been under the impression (and it seems logical) that the quality of an analog cable matters, but since digital cables are only passing along the ones and zeros of digital information, these conclusions make sense. As long as the digital cable is structurally sound, I would think that's all that matters. However, I have no experience with different digital cables, and so have never tried to spot the difference. I really would like to hear from the editors on this, as well as anyone who has experience with testing this claim.
As a side note: I know that there are a lot of people that feel strongly that cables don't matter as much as the editors say they do, and, to that end, I think that it is highly subjective. If you hear it, that's great (whether it's placebo or not). Sometimes the illusion that something is better does heighten the experience; and guys, if someone has the money to buy a better power cable, or interconnect, or speaker cable, etc., why shouldn't they. I mean, it all comes down to what a person values. I like to think of myself as an audiophile, but I have yet to hear a truly high-end system, in a proper room, and properly set up; but I WANT to hear it. I WANT to hear "Kind of Blue" bring me closer to being in the studio when they were recording it. I WANT to FEEL the music, and since there is no way to measure a person's individual experience (and I don't think there ever will be), I have to experience it for myself. You can try to tell me that cables (or conditioners, or connectors, or whatever) don't make a difference, but until I hear it (or not) for myself, sorry, I don't believe you. If you can't FEEL it, you're missing out on what it is that makes this hobby what it is, and that's coming from a guy who FELT the music, but has yet to experience the thrill that is listening to a true high-end audio system.
How about it? Thoughts? Feelings? Measurements?