HDMI Finder

Which HDMI cable do I need?

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) technology enables a single cable to pass 100% pure digital video and multi-channel surround audio signals. A digital signal means that the picture and sound received by your expensive new TV is as crisp and clear as the high definition source from which it was sent. This is why HDMI has fast become the standard AV connection between 4K SMART TVs, games consoles, Blu-ray players, home theatres, satellite boxes and laptops.

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CHOOSE HDMI Cable Type

HDMI cables generally fit into either a High Speed or Standard Speed category. The HDMI cable type you need depends on the amount of visual & audio information your device is capable of sending and receiving. In real terms, this usually means for devices capable of 1080p Full-HD video upwards, use a High Speed HDMI cable. Select below to learn more.

PREMIUM HIGH SPEED HDMI

Premium High Speed HDMI cables are rated to support the most bandwidth demanding 4K HDR content at 60Hz & speeds up to 18GBps. This meets the HDMI 2.0 specification and is a great way to future-proof your connections. The premium materials often used improve build quality, which helps increase overall durability and reliability at longer lengths.

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REMEMBER: HDMI technology transmits a digital signal, meaning the quality of video received will be exactly the same as what was sent. The video signal does not decay over distance – you get everything or absolutely nothing (if it fails). However, better materials usually mean better build quality. This can increase the reliability & durability of the HDMI cable.

HIGH SPEED HDMI

High Speed HDMI cables can easily handle resolutions of 1080p at 60Hz and 4K at 30Hz, with transfer speeds of 10GBps. This makes them ideal for connecting a Blu-ray Player, Sky Box or Games Console to your 4K or Full-HD TV. In addition, all High Speed HDMI cables can transmit 3D video signals and support Audio Return Channel (ARC).

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REMEMBER: HDMI technology transmits a digital signal, meaning the quality of video received will be exactly the same as what was sent. The video signal does not decay over distance – you get everything or absolutely nothing (if it fails). However, better materials usually mean better build quality. This can increase the reliability & durability of the HDMI cable.

STANDARD SPEED HDMI

Standard Speed HDMI cables are tested to transmit video at 720p and 1080i. This is what they’re rated for, but the reality is most Standard Speed HDMI cables are probably also capable of transmitting content up to 1080p (check the product description). This makes them suitable for devices like HD Ready TVs and DVD players.

Select the HDMI cable length you need:

REMEMBER: HDMI technology transmits a digital signal, meaning the quality of video received will be exactly the same as what was sent. The video signal does not decay over distance – you get everything or absolutely nothing (if it fails). However, better materials usually mean better build quality. This can increase the reliability & durability of the HDMI cable.

SCREEN RESOLUTION

Although HDMI cables can’t improve the resolution of the video signal being transmitted, they do need to have the necessary bandwidth to handle all the data being sent by the connected HD device. So if you’re passing 4K video content to a 4K Smart TV, you need a HDMI cable that is capable of transferring a 4K video signal or you won’t get the full effect.

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4K ULTRA-HD, HDR

4K Ultra-HD (or 2160p) capable Smart TVs can produce a display resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 lines. This is twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of a Full-HD 1080p TV. Basically, that’s a lot more information that needs to be piped through your HDMI cable. A High Speed HDMI cable will easily carry this additional data load in its purest digital form.

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FULL-HD 1080p

Full-HD 1080p Smart TVs can produce a display resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 lines. 1080p is probably the most prevalent screen technology available, and the most commonly used HD format for a Blu-ray player, Sky box, Games Console or media streaming service like Netflix. A High Speed HDMI cable is the best way to ensure an optimum picture.

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HD READY 720P

A 720p TV (often referred to a HD Ready), can produce a display resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 lines. This resolution is now most likely to be associated with older TVs and DVD players. As the video signal contains significantly less visual information, the bandwidth of a Standard Speed HDMI cable is sufficient. Anything more wouldn’t be used.

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Cable length

HDMI cables range in length to cater for short connection distances like a TV to a Blu-ray player, to very long connection distances for through wall or underfloor AV distribution. Unlike analogue signals, HDMI is based on digital technology – resulting in a practically flawless signal reproduction, regardless of transmission distance.

Select the HDMI cable length you need:

REMEMBER: HDMI technology transmits a digital signal, meaning the quality of video received will be exactly the same as what was sent. The video signal does not decay over distance – you get everything or absolutely nothing (if it fails). However, better materials usually mean better build quality. This can increase the reliability & durability of the HDMI cable.

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Lead Length 4 - 7m

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terminology & FAQs

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. First introduced in 2011, this technology allows both high definition video and audio signals to be carried through a single unobtrusive cable.

No. A digital signal means that the image quality going into the cable is exactly the same as the image quality coming out of the cable. Unlike an analogue transmission, there is no signal decay. Just make sure the HDMI cable used supports the resolution of both the video source and your TV, or you won’t get the full effect.

HDMI with Ethernet is available in both High Speed and Standard Speed categories. The cables have all the same functionality but also include a dedicated channel for Ethernet data transfer. This is only usable if both the connected devices are HDMI Ethernet channel enabled. Although not yet widely used, it could support device networking.

It depends on what the attached device is capable of sending, but if you want to future proof the connections to your 4K HDR Smart TV, a Premium High Speed HDMI cable will ensure the signal received is a good as it can be.

HDMI isn’t like analogue, so distance doesn’t degrade the signal quality. It either works, reproducing the image perfectly, or it doesn’t work at all. However, at longer distances build quality does become a factor in relation to reliability. More expensive cables are often more durable, incorporating stronger plugs, rugged jackets and better materials – and therefore much less likely to fail.

Yes. But be warned, the lowest resolution of the connected devices will be a limiting factor. Basically, don’t expect a 4K image from a 720p DVD player, even if your TV is 4K capable and you’re using a Premium High Speed HDMI cable.

There a two broad categories; High Speed and Standard Speed HDMI cables. Premium High Speed HDMI cables are tested up to 4K at 60Hz. High Speed HDMI cables are tested up to 4K at 30Hz. Standard Speed HDMI cables are tested to 1080i (but can often carry up to 1080p). There’s also Ethernet enabled versions of each type, for use with compatible devices.

No. The cost of a high speed HDMI cable usually relates to the length of the cable and the quality of materials used to manufacture it. Although purchasing a more expensive HDMI cable won’t improve the quality of the signal being transferred, it will likely be of a superior build quality, and therefore last longer and be more reliable.

If your console is capable of producing 4K HDR video (such as a Playstation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X) and you have a 4K TV, get a Premium High Speed HDMI cable. This can handle 4K video at 60Hz and transfer speeds of up to 18GBps, meaning the very best image possible. Unless you want to future proof yourself, for anything else a regular High Speed HDMI cable will handle Full-HD 1080p and 4K at 30Hz.

Yes, but don’t expect to see 4K video. This is because a Standard Speed HDMI cable is only rated to 1080i and therefore doesn’t have the necessary bandwidth. Assuming the video source is 4K HDR, if you replaced your Standard Speed HDMI cable with a Premium Certified High Speed HDMI cable, you’d see an immediate improvement in the image because you now have ample bandwidth to carry all the 4K information being sent.