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HDMI Cables Explained
Been wondering what HDMI is best for you with all the different versions that keep appearing then worry not, this guide is here to help you make an informed decision!?!
With the continued release of different versions and specifications of HDMI cable the release of the HDMI 1.4 specification means that there are now a total of five HDMI cable types to choose between. With every incarnation of cable design produced to meet a particular performance standard. Luckily for you the HDMI consortium decided to drop the version numbers from their HDMI specification and instead you just get different types of cables that are now suited to the customers specific needs. These different types of cables can be seen in the table below. Here is an overview of the HDMI cable types, their performance capabilities, and how to tell them apart.
|Standard HDMI Cable
The "Standard HDMI" cable is designed to handle most home applications, and is tested to reliably be able transmit 1080i ( 1080 interlaced lines) or 720p (720 progressive lines) video – the High Definition resolutions that are commonly associated with cable and satellite television, digital broadcast High Definition and upscaling DVD players.
|Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
This cable type offers roughly the same performance as the Standard HDMI Cable shown above (720p or 1080i video resolution), but also has a dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel. This is used for device networking and will be useful for when TV's have built in internet streaming services, such as iPlay and Youtube. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices are HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled.
|High Speed HDMI Cable
The "High Speed HDMI" cable is designed and tested to handle video resolutions of 1080p (Full High Definition) and beyond, including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Colour. If you are using any of these technologies, or if you are connecting your 1080p display to a 1080p content source, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, this is the recommended cable.
| High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet
This cable type offers the same baseline performance as the High Speed HDMI Cable shown above (1080p video resolution and beyond), plus an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel used for device networking. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices are HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled.