Flat HDMI cables explained

There are so many different types of HDMI cables that some users are baffled when they have to pick one for their home theatre setups. Well, there is a good chance that any HDMI cable will work and you do not have to spend a fortune to get the best out of your video and audio equipment. Of course, not all cables are created equal and you should avoid buying super-cheap HDMI cables, which are often built from low quality materials and thinner than they should be. However, you should not fall for the marketing hype that some manufacturers and retailers are creating, and spend hundreds on a single cable either.

The flat HDMI cables and the flat white HDMI cables, which are sold in some shops could be preferred if you need an in-wall installation, where you would run the cable to a HDMI plate or directly to the TV or any other display. The flat cables are less likely to be damaged during or after the installation and they could be run under a rug if you really need to do that. In every other aspect they are as good as the regular HDMI cables and have exactly the same capabilities. When choosing an HDMI cable, you should look into its specifications rather its appearance. While you do not have to know what each HDMI version supports, purchasing a 1.3 or 1.4 cable makes sense since they are the latest and have better specs than their predecessors. Since 1.3, HDMI offers full 3D over HDMI support, as well as xvYCC, Deep Color, Auto lip-sync, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream support. These specs ensure that no matter what model or type of audio or video source you are using, as long as they are HDMI-equipped, you should get excellent sound and picture. In addition, the 1.4 cables support Audio return channel (ARC), 4K × 2K resolution, and come with Ethernet channel as well. At the time of this writing, the ARC is the only feature that you can use, but the Ethernet is likely to be used in equipment in the near future and it could allow you to have a all-in-one home theater system, which allows you to watch movies, listen to music, and surf the Internet at the same time. There are already computers, known as media center computers, which serve these functions, but some future TVs and video and audio devices are likely to be able to perform most of them as well.

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