The HDMI cables come in all flavors and could cost from just a few pounds to a few hundred pounds. They are different in length, they come in different versions, and now you can choose between a flat HDMI cable and the regular HDMI cable. However, when it comes to quality of the picture and sound, any decent cable would give you the same superb performance. The HDMI interface allows the transition of digital sound and picture and regardless of its type, you should be able to get the best out of your equipment.
Of course, purchasing the cheapest cable on the market could be an unwise move since these cables are unlikely to last. The flat HDMI cables normally cost a few pounds more than the regular ones, but either type would work for most users. The flat cables could be more suitable for some specific setups since they are less likely to get peeled and damaged and they could be better for in-wall setups. On the other hand, the quality of the materials and the built of the cable itself are far more important and for most of the home theatres, any good, twenty to thirty pounds cable should be more than adequate.
When purchasing an HDMI cable, the choice between flat one and regular is often not important, but there are some factors that need to be considered. One of these factors is the length of the cable – these cables have been designed to carry digital signal over a short length and if you need to links source and display, which are more than ten meters apart, then you might run into some issues. In such cases, the best approach is to actually purchase a longer cable and see if it works – depending on the type and model of the used equipment, a ten and even fifteen meters long cable might work just fine or might fail miserably. In longer distances, purchasing active (boosted) flat or regular HDMI cable might be what is needed, but one or more shorter cables could be chained with the help of a repeater as well. In addition, if you are linking newer equipment, which has been purchased in the past six months to a year, then buying a version 1.4 cable, or at least 1.3 one is highly recommended. These are the last two versions, which support resolutions and come with features, not available in older cables.