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Everything you need to know about HDMI Cable

Updated on October 15, 2014
HDMI Cable
HDMI Cable

What is HDMI Cable?

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface which is a compact audiovisual interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data.

Hailed as the next generation of audiovisual cabling, HDMI Cable was first introduced in 2003 and is now widely used as a digital alternative to consumer analog standards and connects digitial audiovisual sources, such as TV set-up box, High Definition DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, video game consoles such as PS3, Xbox 360 to compatible digital audio devices and digital televisions.

The difference between HDMI Cable and Analog Cable

One of the highest quality aspect of the analog cable is called "component" and it refers to an analog video information that is transmitted or stored as three separate signals symbolizes in three different color-cables (red, green and blue. If people have an analog cable connected to a digital sources (such as LCD monitor), all digital audiovisual must be converted into analog signals to travel through the analog cable, and then re-converted back into digital at the receiving end, which will lead to a significant loss in output quality and signal degradation.

So when people use HDMI Cable to connect 1080p High Digital Sources such as Blu-Ray DVD Player, PS3 and XBox 360 to your High Definition TV, HDMI will deliver the best image quality and can handle high-definition video of up to 1080p resolution and at 60fps. No loss in output quality will be experienced by HDMI Cable. However, if you have a standard DVD player and non-digital sources, you can just use the analog cable.

Recommended Long-Length HDMI Cables

Link Depot HDMI to HDMI Cable 25 feet
Link Depot HDMI to HDMI Cable 25 feet

This Link Depot HDMI Cable connects easily to your HDMI TV, LCD projector, DVD player, or set-top box. This cable features gold-plated connectors for a long, corrosion-free life. Its generous 25-foot length gives you the freedom to place components right where you need them.

 

Cheap -v- Expensive HDMI Cables

People sometimes confused with the price difference for HDMI Cable. One store may sell it for $100, while the other store sells it for $10.

So how much do you have to pay for a good quality HDMI Cable?

If you only need a short cable (ie. 1m HDMI Cable), the cheap HDMI Cable delivers exactly the same result as the expensive HDMI Cable. Because all HDMI Cable transmits digital signal and it does not matter how much do people pay for it, the end result and output is the same. The price difference exists because of the difference of plating at the end /the shielding (gold plated connector will obviously costs more than a plastic & tin connector) of HDMI Cable.

So, don't pay up to $100 dollar for a HDMI Cable at your local retailer, even if they say that that cable has better signal quality than the cheap plastic-like HDMI cable from Ebay. It serves exactly the same purpose - deliver the digital signal. If you pay more than $10, you've been ripped off.

Things to note when purchasing a HDMI Cable:

1. Ensure the type of HDMI Cable is the correct type/specs for your digital device.

2. If you require a short HDMI Cable, then just purchase the cheap one. You can get a $5-$10 top quality HDMI Cable that is made with a metal connector instead of a moulded plug. Shop Around.

3. Check all the pins and make sure none of the pins are bended nor broken.

4. If you require a longer HDMI Cable (more than 1m), buy the more high-quality cable which can support a higher resolution output (1080p). Because the cheap HDMI Cable usually maxed out at 720p and has lesser output quality.

HDMI Cable 15 feet
HDMI Cable 15 feet

Cable length: 4.5 meters (15 feet). Connectors: HDMI Male to HDMI Male. Fully HDCP compliant to provide highest level of signal quality. Compatible with: multiple audio formats from stereo to multi-channel sound.

 
Mediabridge HDMI Cable (10 Feet) - Supports 4K@60Hz - High Speed, Hand-Tested, HDMI 2.0 Ready - UHD, 18Gbps, Audio Return Channel, Ethernet (Part# 91-02X-10B )
Mediabridge HDMI Cable (10 Feet) - Supports 4K@60Hz - High Speed, Hand-Tested, HDMI 2.0 Ready - UHD, 18Gbps, Audio Return Channel, Ethernet (Part# 91-02X-10B )

Mediabridge's Full Metal Jacket Connectors provide the pinnacle of protection from physical strain and electronic interference. - Supports 3D Content, 4K, 1440p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i Resolutions and Audio Return Channel.

 
Eforcity HDMI Cable, 10 feet
Eforcity HDMI Cable, 10 feet

10 feet Length, Model: 031-CP10-HDMI. A premium high performance quality HDMI-HDMI cable suitable for use in HDTV, Home Theater, PlayStation 3, and business class projector based applications.

 

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    cabletiesandmore 5 years ago

    Excellent ! Very useful article. As layman, it is hard to consider these points before selecting or buying these cables.

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    Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

    Excellent lens on HDMI cables and the various price ranges, cable length and prices. Appreciate you adding the Amazon module for purchasing HDMI cables.

    The Mediabridge Ultra Series- High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet ( 10 feet ) would be ideal for my DVD connection.

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    The Goblins Den 6 years ago

    Excellent lens. Some of this HD technology stuff can be confusing if you don't stay on top of it, and I'm sure the companies like it that way.

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    javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Good points to consider. I can understand the difference in price now. Blessed.

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    jwilks70 6 years ago

    It is important not to overlook the fact that cables are not made the same. Different companies use a very different cable manufacturing methods. For one, the type of metal alone makes a difference for the strength of the signal. Probably not a big noticeable difference, but a difference nonetheless. The shielding around that metal and the casing of the wire also have many different grades. Onlycertain wires are even graded to be put up for in-wall installation. Many consumers overlook these facts. More expensive cables are graded for insurance reasons, not necessarily because they are producing a better signal, but to avoid electrical fires.

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    vanidiana24 6 years ago

    Great article!

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    ginhope 6 years ago

    nice article and the looks very neat

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Thanks! great article, it's good to know that a cheap one will do the same job as the expensive ones.