The wide variety of gadgets and accessories that can enhance the multimedia viewing experience often leaves customers confused. More often than not, people tend to purchase the most expensive electronic products in the hope that the high price is a guarantee of quality. Such is the case with HDMI cables. With just a bit of research you will notice that the price range for these cables can vary considerably. But let us analyze what exactly makes the difference between these gadgets and just how much better your multimedia viewing and listening experience will be if you should decide to purchase the latest, and consequentially, most expensive, model on the market.
There are two basic types of HDMI cables that you can purchase: the standard ones and the high speed ones. The standard HDMI cables are not able to provide picture resolution above 720p, as their maximum data transfer speed is approximately 72 MHz. On the other hand, the high speed HDMI cables transfer data at around 340 MHz, meaning that the maximum resolution for them is 1080p. The potency of the high speed HDMI makes them the ideal accessory for particularly wide screen TVs or monitors, as this is where they actually shine. On the other hand, the differences are hardly noticeable for smaller displays.
It is also important to note that before purchasing any HDMI cable, make sure that it is version 1.3 or above, otherwise it may not function correctly or you may not be able to attach it to new devices at all. Moreover, keep in mind that stores sometimes provide tempting discounts in order to get rid of the 1.1 and 1.2 HDMI on stock. Therefore, always be careful about the product you purchase.
Gold plating is one of the features you should look for in a high quality HDMI cable. While the augmentation in signal transition is not exceptionally better because of it, there is another reason why manufacturers often apply this coating: durability. In addition, unlike silver or copper, gold will never tarnish and, consequentially, you will not experience a decrease in signal quality over time. However, the durability of the HDMI cable is also related to the rest of the materials used and the potency of the signal shielding.
Lastly, you should avoid purchasing any HDMI cable longer than 6 feet. The reason for this is that the necessity for signal shield increases exponentially with the length of the cable, which means that without it, the video and audio fidelity drops. Consequentially, this defeats the purpose of purchasing the HDMI cable in the first place.