What HDMI Cables should I use?
Author: Aus Electronics Direct Date Posted:15 August 2019
What HDMI Cables should I use?
It is very easy to get confused as to what cables to use with your HDMI device by the number of different HDMI cable versions available on the market; not to mention all the confusing marketing jargons used by companies promoting their HDMI cable products.
Here at Aus Electronics Direct, we simplify the selection for you. One thing to note is that standard HDMI cables; passive not active types are all backwards compatible. Meaning that despite having specifications above your HDMI equipment, they will still work with your older HDMI device. All our passive standard HDMI cables are "High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet" and should work with all your HDMI devices.
Below are the different HDMI Cable standards:
Standard HDMI Cable
The Standard HDMI cable is designed to handle most home applications and is tested to reliably transmit 1080i or 720p video – the HD resolutions that are commonly associated with cable and satellite television, digital broadcast HD, and upscaling DVD players.
Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
This cable type offers the same baseline performance as the Standard HDMI Cable shown above (720p or 1080i video resolution), plus an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel, for device networking. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices are HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled.
Standard Automotive HDMI Cable
Supports up to 720p/1080i (does not support HDMI Ethernet Channel). Since an automotive system may be wired with one or more internal relays that can affect signal strength, the Standard Automotive HDMI Cable needs to send a stronger signal than other cables types, so it is tested to higher performance standards.
The High-Speed HDMI cable is designed and tested to handle video resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Color. 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.
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, for device networking. HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality is only available if both linked devices are HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled.
High Speed Automotive HDMI Cable
This cable for automotive use is designed and tested to meet the higher performance requirements for High Speed HDMI Cables. It is enabled to handle resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including advanced display technologies such as 4K, 3D, and Deep Color.
HDMI Premium Certified Cable
Premium HDMI Cables are a special certification for High Speed HDMI Cables that have been designed and certified for ultra-reliable performance for 4K/UltraHD at up to 18Gbps bandwidth including advanced features such as 4K60, HDR, and expanded color spaces including BT. 2020.
Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable
The Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable is the first cable defined by the HDMI Forum. Ultra High Speed HDMI Cables comply with stringent specifications designed to ensure support for high resolution video modes such as 4Kp50/60/100/120 and 8Kp50/60 as well as new features such as eARC and VRR.