HDMI cables are key for connecting your TV to devices like Blu-ray players, video game consoles and cable boxes. To find the best cable for your needs, simply consider your technical requirements, your space and your budget.
Different Types of HDMI Cables for Different Purposes
A standard HDMI cord can deliver most high definition content watched at home. So if your satellite or cable provider broadcasts at 720p or 1080i, you’ll be able to view HD content as it’s intended to be seen. For content delivered via a stronger signal, at higher speeds or using advanced technologies, you may need a specialized cable.
For example, if you’re an avid gamer but you don’t like the messy look of the multiple wires needed to run your system, a single HDMI cable with Ethernet will allow your Smart TV to communicate with your preferred gaming console—and you won’t need additional cords. And if your vehicle has a built-in HDMI port, you’ll need to purchase a standard automotive cable before your next road trip so your passengers can enjoy a movie marathon.
Avoiding HDMI Signal Degradation
Similar to other audio/video technologies, an HDMI signal can suffer from degradation if the HDMI wire is split too many times or run over too far of a length. To keep your signal strong, experts recommend that you buy cables that are shorter than 50 feet in length—meaning that a 6-foot cord between your Blu-Ray DVD player and your TV would deliver optimal performance.