We’re sure this question has struck your mind as you’re scanning the racks in an audio-video store or shopping online for HDMI cables. We get that question multiple times, so in this post, we’re going to explore all the different HDMI cable types available in the market today and how to pick the right one for you.
Let’s take a look at the different HDMI cable types out there that supports a 4K TV:
Standard HDMI Cable
This is the standard cable for most home theatre and home use applications and can transmit 1080i or 720p high definition (HD) video resolutions which are currently the norm with most cable and satellite television, digital broadcast HD, and DVD players.
Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
Offering the same performance and 720p or 1080i video resolution as the standard HDMI cable, this cable has an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), for device networking. This will only work if both the source and connected devices are equipped with HEC functionality.
High-Speed HDMI Cable
Own a blu-ray disc player or buy a new TV with advanced display technologies, such as 3D or 4K? This is the cable you need. The High-Speed HDMI cable is designed to support resolutions of 1080p and beyond. If you want to future-proof your system and don’t know if you will need added functionality, later on, this cable is a safe bet.
High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet
Similar to the standard HDMI cable with Ethernet, this cable offers the same performance and 1080p plus resolution as the High-Speed HDMI cable and has an additional, dedicated data channel, known as the High-Definition Multimedia Interface Ethernet Channel (HEC), for device networking. This will only work if both the source and connected devices are equipped with HEC functionality. The feature eliminates the use of an Ethernet cable and allows internet-enabled HDMI devices to share an internet connection via the High-Definition Multimedia Interface link.
Automotive HDMI Cable
Designed specifically for use in vehicles that have vibration and temperature extremes, this type of HDMI cable is used for HD video systems in automobiles.
The trend with these enhancements changes the resolution, colour and bandwidth; however, it does not change whether or not they support 4K. Dyeton provides all high-speed cables that function about the same no matter which version of the certification standards was in place when a cable was certified.
When it comes down to a 4K TV, you do not need to pick up special HDMI cables. The High-Definition Multimedia Interface cable standard can impact colour and resolution, but newer versions are not required for a 4K TV.