Frequently Asked Questions About HDMI Cables

There are many debates being lead all over the web about HDMI cables, and whether or not it’s worth investing money into a more expensive HDMI cable. These cables range in price from about $5 to, well, a pretty hefty amount of money. Opinions on the matter greatly vary, though the majority strongly believes that there is absolutely nothing special about the overpriced HDMI cables.

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Are More Expensive Cables Worth The Money?

According to the tests conducted by experts (the results can be found online), the answer is no. There is no significant difference between the cheapest and the overpriced cable, especially when you factor in the price difference. When the said test was conducted all the tested cables yielded similar results in terms of color reproduction and data transfer, two key factors when it comes to viewing quality. The only thing to watch for when buying a HDMI cable is the cable’s rating for your resolution. The price or brand have very little to say when it comes to picture quality.

Types of HDMI Cables

If you are in the market for a new cable you need to know that there are four types of cables out there. The first type is standard speed cable without Ethernet. These cables handle up to 1080p resolution, while the second type, high speed without Ethernet can handle greater resolutions. The price difference is unnoticeable, so it’s strongly suggested that you go for the high-speed version of the cable. Most of the cables you will find are high speed anyway, so that might help as well. The other two types, standard speed with Ethernet, and high speed with Ethernet are self explanatory really, thought they might be a bit hard to come by. The only difference is that these cables feature Ethernet and HDMI compatibility, though your TV needs to feature the said compatibility as well. The price difference in this case is unnoticeable as well.

Difference between HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4

HDMI 1.4 is actually the standard which defines the equipment that’s needed for transferring a HD 3D signal. This signal requires more framerate and in that light it requires twice the bandwidth. An HDMI 1.4 cable is a cable that works with the HDMI 1.4 connection. If you aren’t using a TV that supports 3D, or if you are not planning to use the feature, you will gain absolutely nothing if you go for 1.4 cable over 1.3 cable. In fact, the two versions are so alike that some users are reporting their 1.3 cables working with 1.4 connections, though there are no guarantees. When it comes to quality when viewing standard content, you will notice no difference.

Number of Display Ports You Want

This is an entirely subjective matter. Some users are fine with 2-3 display ports, some users are fine with only one, and some can’t get enough of them. It all depends on how many things you are planning on hooking up to your TV simultaneously. For example, if you want to have your gaming console, digital receiver, blu-ray player and a computer hooked up at the same time, then naturally you want four display ports. If you aren’t planning to use your TV for anything other than watching TV content covered by your subscription plan, you are set with two ports, with one of those two being a back up port.