Oh goody....another cable debate.
Gents, unless you've tried better cable, be it HDMI, Digital,analog....then your opinions hold no water. The Op tried, liked and commented. If he saw no difference and still commented, at least he tried and thats all anyone can ask.
Your opinion on a previous cable having something wrong with it if the new cable looks or sounds better, isn't necessarily the case. It still gets the signal from point A to point B but just does a crappy job doing it. Partially because of design, build quality. Which no matter how good a cable is, certain designs or quality of metal used will always do something to better transport a signal. If another cable was better than your Audioquest hdmi cable, does that mean your Audioquest cable was somehow faulty ? Just like everything else, price points need to be met for marketing. You can only throw so much quality into a 50 buck cable. You can only use certain grades of metals. Will it get that digital 1's and 0's from point A to point B ? Sure it will. But will beter metallurgey and a better design do it better ? Only you can judge that and thats what the OP did and we applaud him for trying it out. Doesn't mean everyone will hear or see a difference on their gear either. Some will....some won't. Big deal....we don't need to make a mountain out of a mole hill with cable threads all the time.