AudioQuest Thinks An HDMI Cable Is Worth $1100

Gosh, what do you get for someone who has already blown through their annual supply of baby seal caviar and endangered elephant steak, or need that just-right accessory for their diamond encrusted TV set? Why, the world’s most expensive HDMI cable, that’s what! It seems AudioQuest has decided to make a play for the discerning 1%er with money to burn, because their Diamond 3.3′ High-Speed HDMI cable appeared on Best Buy’s website with the absolutely absurd AWESOME price tag of $1,095.99. That’s 1100 bucks. For an HDMI cable. And you’re worth it. Just look at the photo!

Strangely, the cable is currently sold out! Sorry, everyone else who thinks a month’s rent is well worth seeing Ratchet and Clank in full HD! Looks like you’ll have to see the same crappy HD video the poors get.

Yes, this might be a crazy typo. It might even be a joke. Whatever the case, though the insanely overpriced cable is sold out, the listing remains up on And thank the gods for it, because the customer reviews are possibly the peak of Western satire.

My wife requested a diamond chain for Christmas, but I couldn’t find anything acceptable for less than $2000. Therefore, I was thrilled when I stumbled across this AudioQuest Diamond 3.3′ High-Speed HDMI Cable – Dark Gray/Black for the low price of only $1,095! I quickly placed my order and took advantage of the 36 month special financing.
My wife opened this Christmas morning, and was understandably blown away! I’ve never gotten a reaction like that for a present before.

This diamond cable looks beautiful around her neck. The best part is that I can also use it to view Planet Earth in HD on my 15″ CRT when she’s not wearing it. What a fabulous product!

I do not recommend buying these cheap cables. In the long term a good cable will save you money, never mind saving the trouble with low quality video and sound. A good semi-professional cable can be had starting as low as $10000, an excellent pro one at still acceptable $50000, so why bother with this one?

What’s great about it: cheap
What’s not so great: low quality

No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

I love a good deal and when I saw this on sale for $1049.95 I just had to have it. I never treat myself to anything but this was it, this was my purchase. I truly believe my wife will understand why I didn’t get anyone christmas gifts this year and instead will send them a picture of me wearing my new HDMI cable. (Great card idea btw!) I really can’t wait until the 4FT version comes out as I hear its so much better. To those who have an understanding wife as I think mine will be when I show her this, I say go for it! But definitely wait for the sale, $1095 is just too much to pay.

- DealFinder

Via Slashdot.

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9 Comments on AudioQuest Thinks An HDMI Cable Is Worth $1100

Brandon J. Clark

On December 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Lolz….. good find….


On December 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm



On December 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Best Part? “Compatible with *most* HDMI-enabled devices”

There should be a further disclaimer: “If this cable does not work with your HDMI device, buy one of the 25-dollar cables and try that. For best results, find a 15-dollar cable, which is what all of these cables should cost anyway. Then, mail us 985 dollars, and we’ll send you some fancy packaging.”


On December 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

I and the wife are completely happy with my $2.99 Rosewill’s Pellucid HD HDMI’s from Newegg, and minus the 36 month loan.

All best buy cables are highway robbery.
I had a BestBuy associate in the store get mad at me for telling another customer they were helping to go purchase some HDMI cables online for way cheaper. The associate proceeded to tell the customer that he might get the wrong HDMI version 1.3 and 1.3a or 1.3b online. To which my response was those version variations do not impact features or functionality. The customer walked away. lol


On February 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

If you’ve never had the opporunity or equitment to test or listen to the better cables, how can you attest to there true sound or function. Personally i own audioquest cables and have listened and watched cheaper cables by comparison and every time the audioquest cables out performed the cheaper cables by a notable difference.

Can you spend 10000 for a kia and get to work yes..
Can you spend 25000 for a lambo yes..
Truth is its all in how you wanna get there


On March 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

25,000 for a lambo? seriously maybe u are thinking a downpayment


On May 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

1100 USD? Just check out Amazon’s pricing of the slightly longer version of the same cable…


On February 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I’ve seen the reviews and I’ll agree they are hilarious. However, the fact that this article was created mocking the cable shows the authors lack of knowledge around the actual subject.
@Earnest-If you believe every HDMI cable is the same you are just ignorant and along with the author have no understanding of what you are talking about. Also EVERY cable says “compatible with most” it’s a DISCLAIMER!! unless you’re unfamiliar with that too.
@G.A.R.B.A.G.E-You too are just as ignorant. I will not disagree that whether the cable costs 2$ or 1000$ a picture will appear in HD. However, I am willing to bet you have NEVER tested the theory but read an article online by a random source. This gave you all of the merit you needed to live with being cheap. Don’t try and kid anyone because thats all it is.

I have personally compared these cables and found noticeable differences that a human can discern NOT just a chart or graph. I will admit they do create a drastic improvement in video quality, but thats was not the focus. If anyone did any research or found someone to demo them anyone could see the difference. THEN you can make your claims and voice your own opinion. Until then shut the up and continue blindly with the rest of the herd.


On January 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

DJ what a load of bull it a freaken digital signal you either get the signal all you don’t. This company should be taken to court.