We’ve written about HDMI cables topic and FAQ for many times. And we still try to find simple ways or visual tables to make users understand the functions of HDMI cables easier.
Basically, there are four kinds of HDMI cables if you are going to connect TVs.
- High speed with Ethernet
- High speed without Ethernet
- Standard speed with Ethernet
- Standard speed without Ethernet
Standard speed is able to carry definition up to 1080p, while high speed can handle beyond 1080p. The price difference is not that much, so personally I will go for high speed HDMI cables for better visual experience.
HDMI speed with Ethernet is the new version of HDMI, adds a bi-directional IP data channel to allow devices to send and receive data at full Ethernet speeds, up to 100Mbps. Allowing a wired or wireless Ethernet connection on one device to be propagated to other devices. This almost eliminates the need for a separate Ethernet cable and enables web-capable devices to share their internet connection with other HDMI gadgets. For example, newer devices, primarily HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players can connect to the internet offering a wide variety of interactive possibilities.
What else metrics of HDMI cables to consider?
There are other new features of HDMI cables nowadays. You will see ARC –Audio Return Channel frequently. That means a signal can be sent from the HDTV to the audio /video receiver, generally, the user would get greater theater sound than the normal HDMI cables.
And other new features like 3D, 120/240Hz, flat type etc. If you just want to watch an NHL games, or a movie. The high speed HDMI 1.4 cable with Ethernet is totally enough for a family to enjoy. It will perfect enhance your HDTV performance, ARC and other features could be the additional advantages for those hi-fi fans.
P.S if the HDMI Cable with ferrite cores would earn score to the performance of devices also.
HDMI cable with brand or no brand is not that much big difference, maybe longer life time. After all it isn’t a big deal since the technology is developing, and furthermore, the price of no brand is cheaper.