The good news is that obtaining a good HDMI cable which fully support your equipments features is not difficult if you know what to look. Most of the information available on the subject is just noise, distinguishing the signal isn’t really that hard at all if you follow these simple guidelines.
A high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cable is a compact audio-video cable used to transfer data from a source device, such as a Blu-ray player, to a display device, such as an HDTV. HDMI was introduced in 2002 and soon became the de facto standard for delivering high-definition content to our televisions.
Perhaps the most confusing aspect of choosing HDMI cables is making head or tail of the various versions available. The version of the cable refers to the version of the HDMI standard that it supports. The first version was 1.0, but the Forum has upgraded it to 1.2, 1.3 and then 1.4. The Forum is currently working on version 2.0. All HDMI versions are backwards compatible, however, so there is never any risk of purchasing a cable that won’t work with your devices.
One way to avoid unsupported features is simply to buy the latest version available, and since the difference in price on basic cables is not much, this isn’t a bad approach.It also ensures future proofing, at least until new standards arrive.
An alternative to this approach is to choose HDMI cables based on the features needed, such as:-
HDMI Cable with 720p support – HDMI Cable with 1080p support HDMI Cable with 3D support – HDMI Cable with Ethernet Connectivity.
The two variants include Ethernet support: HDMI Standard with Ethernet and HDMI High Speed with Ethernet. As a rule of thumb, most people will want to buy HDMI High Speed and only HDMI High Speed with Ethernet if they know they need Ethernet connectivity.
For tight installations Right Angled HDMI Connectorsare available to enable cable connection without bending cables too much.
Something to keep in mind is that the biggest difference between a cheap and a brand-name cable is the level of quality control. Cheap cables are more likely not to work out of the box, but if they work, they’ll be fine for the long run. If you’re buying cheap cables online, you may want to buy several, so if you have to send something back, you at least make it likely that you’ll have one that works.