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Old 28-04-2012, 19:47
Matt D
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The only thing to look out for is whether the cable is HDMI 1.3 compliant, but this is only an issue if you wish to play 3D games/movies. If you don't care about 3D then any HDMI cable will do.
You also need a so-called "1.3" ["High Speed"] cable for guaranteed 1080p support as well as for 3D. Other cables won't be certified to handle the increased bandwidth used for 1080p or 3D. You may get lucky, you may not.

However, version numbers are only actually really relevant for the interface, not the cable.

Calling a cable "1.3" or "1.4" is just marketing BS.

HDMI cables are simply "Standard" or "High Speed" [with v1.4 of the spec. also introducing with or without Ethernet for each type].

The official word on HDMI cables...

http://www.hdmi.org/consumer/buying_guide.aspx

Originally Posted by HDMI
Choosing the Right HDMI Cable

When it comes to selecting a cable, the HDMI version number is never relevant. There is no such thing as a “Version 1.4 cable” or “HDMI 1.3 cable” - these terms are solely the creation of manufacturers’ marketing efforts.

Cables are instead rated by their performance capabilities. There are five HDMI cable types to choose from:

Standard HDMI Cable - Designed to handle most home applications, the Standard HDMI Cable can reliably transmit 1080i or 720p video plus surround audio.

Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet - Same baseline performance as the Standard HDMI Cable, plus a dedicated Ethernet channel for Internet connection sharing and device networking.

Standard Automotive HDMI Cable - Designed for internal cabling of motor vehicles equipped with onboard HD video systems.

High Speed HDMI Cable - Designed to handle video resolutions of 1080p and beyond, including advanced display technologies like 3D and 4K.

High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet - Same baseline performance as the High Speed HDMI cable, plus a dedicated Ethernet channel for Internet connection sharing and device networking.

Each of these cable types should be clearly marked with a distinctive logo, as shown below...
See also:

http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdm...ght_cable.aspx

http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdm...i_1_4_faq.aspx


This is a good cable: 3m, High Speed with Ethernet, gold plated... only £4.
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