From a retailer of HDMI cables... http://www.kogan.co.uk/blog/2011/jul/4/kogan-offers-free-hdmi-cable-cut-uk-cable-con/ Nuff said! ;)
The extract from the What HiFi review below would seem to imply that the previous version of this cable was so inferior that it dropped so many data bits that this version has improved Bass presence and weight??? Did they quantify that statment with hard data? Or was it purely a human psychological trait of let’s invent things that we appear to have heard to write a review....... Based on the facts in the review this is total uninformed arrogant nonsense! "Sound gets an added heft, too. There's also an improvement over the old cable when it comes to sound quality. The New Performance HDMI conveys a clear, open, revealing sound. Treble is sweet with no hint of brightness. There's a real sense of heft and solidity in the lower frequencies that helps to emphasise the explosive action scenes of 'Casino Royale'. Dialogue sounds clear and uncluttered too." (What HiFi Review) "
By performance I was refering to the ability of the cable to carry the signal over its length, unaltered. WRT any other form of indemnification, I personally don't see the value in paying several times the price to protect myself against failure of something like a cable. Given none of my several HDMI cables has failed yet (nor has anyone else complained about the HDMI cables I've recommended), I think it unlikely purchasing on the basis of such a warranty would prove prudent.
I didnt realise that these cheap amazon cables came with the same lifetime guarantee as a QED cable.
I'm not sure that being made in China is necessarily an indicator of poor quality, similar bait and switches happened with production all over the world. If a cable is approved to carry the signal you require what do you lose by trying it? Should it fail you can return it as faulty, assuming you purchased from a reputable retailer. Its not as though the likes of QED and Monster provide any warranties/guarantees of performance above and beyond the cheaper cables.