How to shop for a HDMI cable

Because they can combine the roles of USB, video, audio, network and even power cables, it is no wonder that HDMI cables are the talk of the town for the time being. However, if you are looking to purchase such cables, then it is important to note that they cannot help you much unless the electronic devices around your home can support them. Therefore, one of the first things that you should look for in a HDMI cable is that it can support full 1080 pixel images.

Even though the vast majority of such cables you can find on the market offer 1080p support, some have only 720p HD compatibility. Consequentially, if you own a HD television set that can support the highest quality image, you would only be downgrading it. On the other hand, if you purchase a full 1080p cable and your TV cannot support that, then the picture quality would be just as good as the lowest common denominator.
Another important factor to account for when purchasing a HDMI cable is its length. It is well known that the manufacturers do not produce cables over 30 feet because the longer the cable the higher the possibility of losing data. Hence, the quality of the displayed images would be far from highest definition and quality. However, in the situation when you are trying to connect multiple HD devices, then you do not have any other choice than to measure the distance between the ports of the electronic devices. Whilst the length of the cable will also have an influence on the price, the end result is worth it.

Regardless of the length of the HDMI cable you are purchasing, one important feature to look for is the gold tipping, as it is one of the best electronic signal conductors. On a side note, you should know that even though gold tipped HDMI cables are a bit more expensive, that does not mean that they have a large quantity of gold that influences the price dramatically.

The last criteria you should account for when shopping for HDMI cables is their insulation. If you are living alone and have few people over, then you could opt for a cable with a single insulated rubber coating on the outside. However, if you have a small child, pets or like to invite friends over often, then you could choose to purchase a cable with higher end insulation to protect it from damage.

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