HDMI is an audio/video interface used to transfer uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a compatible HDMI source to a compatible digital audio device or monitor. Nowadays, the HDMI cable has become the most-used means to transport the audio and video signal in high quality between a computer and a monitor or between a TV and a compatible device (for example, a console).
Although there is a belief that HDMI cables are all the same, this is absolutely not true. This is demonstrated by the fact that various versions are suitable for a certain type of device. Choosing an incorrect cable may not make the devices work properly (resulting in audio and video problems). So it’s important to know how to choose the right version of an HDMI cable.
There are 4 versions (currently supported) of the most-used interface in the modern era:
It was introduced in 2006 and is still supported by older DVD players. Compared to previous versions, it has a color depth and an improved interface, thanks to the bitrate increased to 10.2 Gbps. It also features support for 30, 36, or 48-bit colors in addition to automatic audio synchronization.
Available since 2009, it supports Ultra HD 4K resolutions up to 3840 × 2160 pixels at 24 Hz, 25 Hz, and 30 Hz and 4096 × 2160 pixels at 24 Hz. With this version, there is also support for bidirectional communication between devices, which made it possible to introduce Ethernet support. Thanks to these specifications, it is compatible with any modern device and is one of the most-used cables.
This version was introduced in 2013 and supported HDR and HFR technology for 4K (2160p) videos shot at 48 or 60 fps. It also has 32-channel audio management and support for dynamic auto lip-sync.
This is the most modern cable available and has significantly better specifications than its predecessors. There is talk of support for resolutions up to 10K and a cable capable of supporting up to 48 Gbps of total maximum bandwidth.
It also features support for dynamic HDR and Game Mode VRR and enhances the return channel for audio (eARC). Dynamic HDR, eARC, and Game Mode VRR do not necessarily require the use of the new cable, and manufacturers wishing to do so could integrate them via a firmware update even in devices with HDMI 2.0 connection.
Since the latest generation cables are backward compatible with previous ones, it is advisable always to buy HDMI 2.0 or higher cables instead of making mistakes. Also, HDMI cables can have a length that can vary from a minimum of one meter up to a maximum of twenty meters. The length does not affect the quality of the signal.
Types of HDMI cables
HDMI cables may have different sockets, depending on the type of device you intend to connect.
- Type-A: is the standard type of HDMI cable and can be used on most compatible devices.
- Type-C: it is a reduced version of the standard one connected to a laptop, given the small size. This way, you can also connect a smartphone (which supports type-C) to your TV or any other device that supports HDMI.
- Type-D: it is the smallest version and can be inserted inside a smartphone’s Micro-USB port. This type is not very common due to other cables (such as USB-C), which have a high quality of audio/video transmission.
Guide to Buying an HDMI cable
You will now find a shortlist of cables, which you can choose according to your needs and the devices you intend to connect.
HDMI cables for Smart TV, console, etc.
|1||GE HDMI Cable, 2 Pack, 6 Feet, Full HD 1080p 4K 60Hz, HDMI 2.0, 18 Gbps, with Ethernet, HDR, for...||305 Reviews||$9.99||CHECK DEAL|
|2||2-in-1 USB C Type C/Micro USB Android Phone to TV HDMI Cable, MHL to HDMI Adapter 1080P HD HDTV...||636 Reviews||$16.99||CHECK DEAL|
|3||PowerBear 4K HDMI Cable 10 ft | High Speed Hdmi Cables, Braided Nylon & Gold Connectors, 4K @ 60Hz,...||33,195 Reviews||$9.99 $8.99||CHECK DEAL|
HDMI cables for Laptop
|1||PowerBear 4K HDMI Cable 10 ft | High Speed Hdmi Cables, Braided Nylon & Gold Connectors, 4K @ 60Hz,...||33,195 Reviews||$9.99 $8.99||CHECK DEAL|
|2||Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable iVanky 6.6ft Nylon Braided [Optimal Chip Solution, Aluminum Shell]...||13,514 Reviews||$9.99||CHECK DEAL|
|3||4K HDMI Cable 6.6 ft,Capshi High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable,4K, 3D, 2160P, 1080P, Ethernet - 28AWG...||16,756 Reviews||$6.99||CHECK DEAL|
HDMI cables for PC monitor
|1||HDMI to VGA Adapter Cable, NewBEP 6ft/1.8m Gold-Plated 1080P HDMI Male to VGA Male Active Video...||3,461 Reviews||$9.99||CHECK DEAL|
|2||UGREEN 4K Displayport to HDMI Cable Uni-Directional UHD DP to HDMI Connector Video Display Cord for...||2,583 Reviews||$12.99||CHECK DEAL|
|3||MaxLLTo 6FT HDMI Gold Male To VGA HD-15 Male 15Pin Adapter Cable 1.8M 1080P - ONLY for PC/Laptops...||17 Reviews||$6.99||CHECK DEAL|
HDMI cables for compatible Smartphones
|1||4K HDMI Adapter Cable Compatible with Smartphones,Hdiwousp Mirroring Digital AV Adapter,HDMI Sync...||27 Reviews||$13.99||CHECK DEAL|
|2||3 in 1 Smartphone to HDMI Projection Cable, Tlsdosp 1080P Phone to TV Mirroring Adapter Compatible...||$19.99||CHECK DEAL|
|3||Hanstend Smartphone to HDMI Cable,Sharing Phone to Big Screen,1080P Compatible for Phone to...||199 Reviews||$17.99||CHECK DEAL|
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