I've just had 2 HDMI cables fail within 30 days of one another. They have little in common, so it seems odd. #1: Brand name (Forest), connecting Blu-ray player to TV, 9 year-old cable, never moved, jostled, etc. #2: Cheapo (AmazonBasics), connecting Apple TV 4K to TV, failed after only 4 months Both times replaced the failed cable with a Rocketfish cable, all is fine so far Perspectives: - Legions of tech writers continue to advise against spending $$ on "better" cables, but experience with the AmazonBasics cable is making me wonder about that - Spent 30 years in the military, moved (and stored) stereo components many times and never had any connecting cables, speaker wires, etc fail (Note: none of these were HDMI cables) So looking for your perspectives on all that. Why do HDMI cables (old and new, cheap and more expensive) fail when not bothered by movement, plugging/unplugging, etc? Is "spending more on 'better' cables is an unnecessary waste of $$" a false narrative? The only thing these two failed cables had in common is that they are connected to the TV. Is it just a coincidence that they happened to fail within 30 days of one another, or is it even possible that the TV itself is causing this? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.