HDMI cables can simplify and streamline your home theater setup. However, the seemingly dazzling and endless variety of specifications and capabilities of HDMI cables can give even seasoned audiophiles pause. How should you choose?
What are the primary types?
Choose cables to serve you not just for the next year or so but for years to come. Ideally, your cables will provide utility as you upgrade to higher video resolutions and potentially go 3D.
HDMI cables are backwards compatible. This means that any newer version should be able to do everything that the older versions do along with additional capabilities. Version 1.3 is the current HDMI specification, and 1.3 cables come in both standard and high speed. High speed is obviously more expensive than standard speed, but it delivers additional functionalities. For instance, if you want to enjoy your Blu-ray discs and HDTV to their fullest extent, the high-speed option may be superior. On the other hand, you can get up to 2.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with a standard HDMI cable.
Technophiles often urge home consumers to “buy up” and opt for high speed over standard speed, because standard cables are more likely to become obsolete, and high-speed cables provide longer-term functionality.
If you really want to jump into the future, consider the HDMI specification 1.4.
These cables include standard and high speed, as well as standard and high speed with Ethernet. The major addition in this new standard is the Ethernet capability. These HDMI cables allow you to enjoy interactive experiences through the internet. For instance, if you want video on-demand or BD-Live features, HDMI cables with Ethernet could be a smart solution.
Irrespective of where you are in the research process, our team at Karbon Home Theater Consulting can help. Connect with us now at (925) 798-7600 for insights into the most cost-effective HDMI cables for your job.