Watching movies at home is now much safer than at the cinema. And it’s much more convenient. Yes, and it’s more pleasant to watch your favorite series on a big screen, and not on a laptop. Home cinema equipment needs a good screen, as well as some useful little things that affect the quality of the picture and sound.

What is an HDMI cable for?

The cable connects the plasma and the receiver — a device that receives a digital television signal. The receiver decodes the signal, converts it to analog and displays it on the screen via RCA or SCART connectors; or converts the signal to digital and outputs to the TV via the HDMI connector.

HDMI cables of the new generation transmit a digital signal and the Internet, so they can be used to solve various problems: connect a set-top box, DVD or Blu-ray player, game console to a TV. You can also connect the screen to a desktop computer using an HDMI cable.

What characteristics of the cable to pay attention to when choosing

In addition to the desired length, which you can easily measure yourself (3-5 meters are usually enough for domestic needs), there are a number of other important features.

connector type

You need an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connector — it transmits both sound and high quality video.

There are mini and micro HDMI connectors for connecting to your phone and camera, but for a TV you need a standard Type A connector.

Specification

Now they use cables of HDMI 1.3 version and higher. For home cinema and game console connection, you need a High Speed ​​or High Speed ​​with Ethernet cable (both are in our review). Bandwidth, resolution, and support for certain features (such as 3D and Blu-ray) depend on the specification.

Cable bandwidth

— is measured in Gb/sec, just like the speed of your internet connection. This sign directly affects the quality of the picture: if the picture in the original is good and you have fast Internet, but the wrong cable, you will see on the screen only what the cable can pass through. In our review, you will find cables with a maximum bandwidth of 10.2 to 48 Gb / s. Starting with HDMI version 1.4 cables, support for playing 3D video is implemented.

If you have a modern 4K or 8K TV, this point becomes especially important. Our selection includes an 8K (4320p) Ultra HD cable.

Ethernet channel

Ethernet cables can be used to connect your computer and other devices to the Internet. The data transfer rate can reach 100 Mbps.

Cable shielding

The data transfer rate may decrease due to electromagnetic interference. To exclude this, choose shielded cables — with foil (available in our selection).

Contact processing

Gold-plated contacts corrode more slowly.

Compliance with certificates: RoHS, CE, FCC, TIA

All these abbreviations stand for compliance with safety requirements: for people, the environment, in difficult conditions.

RoHS — this certificate from the European Union, in particular, means that the cable contains no substances harmful to human health.

ISO — certificate of the International Organization for Standardization, regulates compliance with international standards.

CE (from the French Conformité Européenne — «European conformity») — this mark informs that the product is not harmful and dangerous to humans and the environment in terms of the requirements of the European Union.

FCC (Federal Communications Commission) — American certificate, also means compliance with health safety requirements.

TIA — Intrinsic safety standard for harsh environments. Assumes, for example, the operation of the device in explosive environments.

We wish you a good choice and bright impressions without electromagnetic interference!

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