HDMI cables are standard cables that are connected from your DVD players, PSPs, set-top boxes to your monitors or High-Definition TVs for a very high quality of viewing experience at the highest possible resolution. They are manufactured by various companies and are available in various sizes or lengths depending upon your requirement.
It has been observed by all consumers of this product or anybody who has made an attempt to buy this product, that the labels contain headings with different frequencies printed on them such as ‘120Hz’, ‘240Hz’, ‘480Hz’ etc. indicating that they have specifically been manufactured for the specific refresh rate of an HDTV. However, it is interesting to know that a television’s refresh rate has got nothing to do with the signal that is transmitted from a set-top box to the TV. It is related to any HDTV’s individual circuit. This fact makes us realize that an HDMI cable transmits the same signal to your HDTV no matter what the label is specifying. The misleading label is simply put there for you to conclude that the cable can influence the refresh rate and end up spending money on useless upgrade of the HDMI cable. More misleading labels such as ‘3D’ or ‘Blu-ray’ are also used to suggest to the customer that the cable will enable a 3D image or a higher quality image on your HDTV simply by changing the cable. This is in fact not true but simply a way to fool customers to buy a different so called variety of HDMI cable which will in reality have no effect on your image quality at all.
There are simply two categories that HDMI cables have been divided into by the HDMI licensing LLC which are ‘Standard’ and ‘High Speed’, and by regulation the cables have to be labeled as either of the two. The ‘Standard’ cable is used to view 2D content and the ‘High Speed’ for 3D content up to 1080p resolution. Sadly, no other regulation governs the labels being put on this product leading to false advertisement. Various manufacturers sell various versions of the ‘High Speed’ cable itself such as those with different frequencies (120, 240) and with features like 3D, and raising the price each time an additional feature is added. The truth is that any High Speed cable will handle any video signal that is passed through it.
It is very important to understand that one HDMI might be better than the other in terms of the material it is made up of, which makes it more durable. A better material will cause the wire to not wear out due to long term use and also not cause any problem with signal transmission. However, simply spending more money on HDMI cables even before understanding what the label on the product is trying to say will not lead to the desired results. One needs to be a smart consumer so that we don’t end up wasting money on useless upgrades. Instead, that money can be spent on buying better products.