Choosing the Best HDMI Cable.
We all know the situation you’re at the shop having just purchased your new 4K TV and want to get the most out of it! Sales man pushes you to get the most expensive cable advising this will enhance your user experience and picture quality. You ask yourself is this guy honestly trying to help me? Or just make a quick dollar at my expense? The Article will cut the crap and give you some answers on the best ways to spend your hard earned cash while getting the most out of your TV or Projector.
Does the quality of the cable matter?
Unfortunately there is no short answer guys and the answer is both YES and NO, bear with me and all will become apparent. Firstly HDMI has changed versions more times than Canberra’s weather, thus making sure you have a cable that is capable of handling your 4K needs. Ultra 4K High quality cables with modern robust design and durability are the way to go to ensure you’ll see real 4k@60Hz real UHD HDR vision and the audio will be up to scratch.
There has been numerous updates of HDMI cables since its introduction with the current V2.0 standard introduced Sept. 2013, This version is required to get the most out of your ultra 4K TV and the current generation of UHD TV’s with resolutions up to 4K@60Hz are four times the quality of 1080p video!.
The short and long of it…
For today’s modern TV’s and projectors a higher quality cable is the only way to go for best performance and functionality. So your old cable that was plugged into your DVD player in all probability won’t cut it for a normal 4K TV installation, however, former 1.4 high speed HDMI cables in many occasions will do the job, so before buying more test them out before spending more money. For 4K Projectors requiring 10m or more in length a HDMI Fibre Optic Cable 4K@60Hz is the only way to go as long HDMI copper cables just can’t carry all this good 4K data.
A quality HDMI Splitter / Extender can be so usable too, these little gems will ensure that you get a great picture at the time you need it, are simply great for Splitting HDMI from Foxtel to other rooms and come in two guises, HDMI over Cat Cable for easy install up to 120m, they come in 1×2, 1×3, 1×4 and 1×8, or HDMI to HDMI cable to 20m.
Does quality of the cable matter?
Yes ensuring a high quality cable especially over longer runs will ensure your high-speed serial data gets to the TV and the binary code is interpreted to give you the best picture possible. Not only that, but buying higher better made quality cable will likely mean it will work for years to come. This test I will say with some confidence that your pay for what you get, and I found the slightly higher price I paid for a more robust HDMI compliant cable was worth it and the stunning 4K UHD picture was worth every cent.
Home projectors are one area that has grown rapidly over the years, with the big huge 100” to 150” screen its like being there!, no test would be complete without a quality Ruipro HDMI Fibre Optic cable and a large projector screen and then you have just successfully brought the movies home, having reliable and durable equipment is essential. PJ HDMI cables that wont do 4K@60Hz, gamma 4:4:4 just don’t cut the 4K mustard, so this latest technology is the way to go.
Always use quality cables with a Pj, it will increase the chances significantly of them working on instal at the conference or presentation, while keeping you with quality entertainment at home. The best installation advise the pro’s say is for long audio visual long cable in a wall use conduit with draw string so upgrades down the track become a breeze and always test cable before a wall or floor instal.
Conclusion – Choosing the Best HDMI Cable.
There is alot of misinformation about cables out there and more expensive does not always mean better (sometimes it does) however, quality and the latest version say it all. Look for user reviews, ask your friends and have a look around to ensure your get the highest quality at an affordable price. The cable linked below was used for testing and arrived well packaged and was delivered rapidly. During the project I also found this HDMI Cat Splitter 1×3 to be extremely valuable especially for hooking up my Foxtel box to three TV’s without loss of quality.
My choice for HDMI Cable 1m/5m is here and a run of 10 m or more is: