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HDMI cables buying guide

What you need to know about the evolving standard for high-definition audio/video connections

AudioQuest Pearl HDMI Cable

In a Nutshell

HDMI cables connect todays TVs with A/V receivers, cable boxes, media players, and Blu-ray players. They send audio and video over the same cable, simplifying your hookups.

Choosing the right HDMI cables can be tricky. Older cables don't support the latest features. The latest HDMI 2.0 cables support 4K TV and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

In this article, we'll explain what the differences are among the different versions of HDMI, including the most recent one: HDMI 2.0a. You’ll learn what kind of HDMI cables you need for a 4K TV. And finally, we'll look at some real-world HDMI hookup issues along with solutions and workarounds.

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HDMI's pure-digital interface is the best way to connect high-resolution components — Blu-ray players, the PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360™ game consoles, and HD-capable satellite and cable TV set-top boxes — to HDMI-equipped high-definition TVs and home theater receivers.

These days, HDMI is often the only way to make an HD-capable connection. Although most TVs still have a component input, it has virtually disappeared on Blu-ray players.

Equipment manufacturers have been required to limit the resolution of component video outputs on HD players and boxes to standard-definition (480i). And for a few years now disc makers have the option of inserting a "digital flag" into a Blu-ray disc that will limit component video resolution to 480i.

So if you like high-definition pictures — and who doesn't? — you'll definitely want HDMI connections on your gear.

HDMI ouput

HDMI is the connection of choice for carrying HD and 4K Ultra HD video signals. It can also support up to eight channels of high-resolution audio.

Single-cable convenience, plus so much more

The ability to send high-definition video and multichannel audio over a single cable is unique to HDMI, but this interface offers other big advantages.

  • Superb picture and sound quality: HDMI connections keep audio and video signals in the digital language of 1s and 0s, eliminating the compromised picture and sound quality caused by digital-to-analog conversions and re-conversions. HDMI supports video resolutions up to 1080p, which is key for 1080p-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray players. (A few TVs will accept 1080p signals via component video, which is useful for gamers since both the PS3 and Xbox 360 can output 1080p over component video.) And HDMI's sound capability now supports up to 8 channels of super-high-quality 24-bit 192kHz audio.
  • Ability to carry 3D video: HDMI is the only connection that can carry 3D video signals from components like a 3D Blu-ray player to your 3D TV.
  • More than just audio and video: A standard HDMI connector has 19 pins, which carry not only audio and video data, but also 2-way control and identification information, and even low-voltage power. HDMI cables labeled "1.4" or newer can also provide an Internet connection between compatible devices.
  • Industrial-strength copy protection: This probably seems like more of a benefit for content owners like movie studios than for consumers, but it directly affects the quantity and quality of what we can watch — now, and in the coming years. HDMI's wide adoption is due in large part to Hollywood's demands for ever-stronger copy protection measures to prevent piracy. HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is present on virtually all HDMI-equipped devices even though it's not officially part of the HDMI spec. Without HDCP, both the quantity and quality of high-def content available to consumers would almost certainly be more limited than it is.

    However, HDCP also has a downside. One of its main jobs is to "authenticate" the connection between two components via a "digital handshake," and problems with this handshake process can result in the loss or degradation of picture and sound.

Quick tips for choosing HDMI cables

Some components include an HDMI cable in the box, but most don't, so plan on buying one to connect your gear for the best picture and sound. You won't see dramatic differences in picture quality among HDMI cables. Unlike analog video transmission, which can display varying degrees of picture quality, digital video transmission typically delivers a clean, clear picture or no picture at all, although we've occasionally seen picture "sparkles" due to a less-than-flawless HDMI connection.

In-wall HDMI cable

For in-wall installation, you'll need a cable that's CL2-rated, like the Planet Waves E series models.

You'll still want to choose a high-quality HDMI cable, especially for longer lengths or in-wall installations. Different cables use different materials and construction techniques, and some are rated by the manufacturer to maintain maximum signal quality over longer cable lengths. Some users have encountered interoperability issues when making HDMI connections, but these are almost never the fault of the cable itself.

An evolving standard

HDMI is the accepted universal connector for digital home entertainment. The standard continues to evolve to meet the needs of high-performance home theater equipment. All versions of HDMI are backward compatible with previous versions, as well as with DVI with the use of an adapter (however, a DVI connection passes video only, not audio). Part of the built-in intelligence of HDMI enables it to automatically send the highest quality video and audio formats that are mutually supported. In other words, if you connect two devices, one with HDMI version 1.3 and the other with 1.4, the system will be limited to the 1.3 feature set.

Although you'll often see the HDMI version listed as part of a component's specifications, it's probably best not to pay much attention to it. For specific details about a particular component's audio and video capabilities, you're better off focusing on the component's feature list. A product's HDMI version by itself doesn't mean that all the latest features have been implemented; it does not guarantee a particular feature set. The reason is that the capabilities listed for each version of HDMI are optional, not mandatory. It's up to each manufacturer to decide which HDMI features to build into its gear.

Do I need to worry about compatibility between HDMI versions?
Only if you're working with components that use the latest HDMI version — currently 2.0a — and want to take advantage of certain features that are new to the latest spec. However, each new HDMI version is backwards compatible with older versions, so your older and newer HDMI-equipped components can generally still work together. So even if you use a 1.2 cable on 1.4 gear, or a 1.4 cable on 1.1 gear, you'll still get a great high-def picture and sound.

So what are the differences between different HDMI versions? Take a look at our summary of HDMI's evolution below:

HDMI 1.0: The original spec called for a single-cable digital audio/video connection with 165MHz bandwidth and a maximum bitrate of 4.9Gbps (enough for 1080p video). Two-channel audio only. Released December, 2002.

HDMI 1.1: Added multichannnel audio support for DVD-Audio (up to 5.1 channels). Released May, 2004.

HDMI 1.2: Added support for multichannel one-bit audio formats like SACD (Super Audio CD). Included support for HDMI connectors on personal computers. Required displays with HDMI 1.2 or later to support future low-voltage devices. Released August, 2005.

HDMI 1.2a: Fully specified the Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) features and command sets for remote control functions. Required cable manufacturers to submit longer cable lengths for additional testing for spec compliance. For a device to pass 1.2a testing, all of its HDMI connectors required inspection and approval by HDMI Licensing, LLC. Released December, 2005.

HDMI 1.3: Increased bandwidth to 340MHz and the maximum bitrate to 10.2 Gbps (plenty for 3D video). Adopted the "Deep Color" standard, which supports 10-bit, 12-bit, and 16-bit color for over one billion possible colors — previous versions were limited to 8-bit. (Note: Because color information is based on three primary colors — red, green and blue — you'll sometimes see 1.3's enhanced color depth described as 30-bit, 36-bit, and 48-bit.) Added support for the "xvYCC" extended-gamut color space standard (also known as x.v.Color), which supports 1.8 times as many colors as existing HDTV signals. (No commercially available video content currently uses Deep Color or x.v.Color.) Added ability to output new lossless compressed digital audio formats (Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™) for decoding by a compatible A/V receiver. Incorporated automatic "lip sync" control for perfect audio/video timing (sometimes an issue when audio is sent to a surround receiver or processor and video is delivered directly to the display). Also made available a new mini-connector for use with smaller devices such as digital cameras and camcorders. Released June, 2006.

The 1.3 spec was updated to 1.3a, followed by 1.3b. However, for consumers, there is no difference between versions 1.3, 1.3a or 1.3b. These are minor revisions that relate to manufacturing and testing issues and do not affect features or functionality.


Considering upgrading to a 4K TV? Any good-quality HDMI cable labeled "high-speed" should be able to carry 4K video signals.. (AudioQuest Chocolate pictured above)

HDMI 1.4: Added Ethernet capability. If one HDMI 1.4 device is connected to your home network, it can share that connection with other Internet-ready HDMI 1.4 devices via a 1.4 HDMI cable. Note: As of 9/16 we are unaware of any components that support Ethernet over HDMI. Also included the capability to send audio from your TV's tuner back to your home theater receiver. HDMI inputs with this ARC (Audio Return Channel) capability are ideal for folks who get their high-def programs over the air using an antenna and want to be able to enjoy surround sound with those TV shows. Released May, 2009.

TV input panel with HDMI input labeled ARC

A TV's regular HDMI inputs accept video and audio signals from sources like a Blu-ray player. If your TV has an HDMI input with ARC (Audio Return Channel), it can also pipe sound from the TV's built-in tuner and web apps back to an ARC-compatible A/V receiver or sound bar over a single HDMI cable. That way, you don't have to connect a separate optical audio cable for sound.

HDMI 2.0: Increased maximum bitrate to 18 Gbps to support new formats such as Ultra High Definition 4K video (3840 x 2160 pixels) at up to 60 frames per second. (The 1.4 spec also supports 4K video but only up to 30 frames per second.) HDMI 2.0 also supports up to 32 audio channels, as well as dynamic auto lip-sync, plus new extensions to the CEC control set. Released September, 2013.

HDMI 2.0a: Added support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) video display. HDR provides enhanced picture quality by enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. The HDR information is encoded as additional metadata in HDR content such as streamed 4K video from Netflix®, or Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. HDMI 2.0a enables devices to transmit/receive this metadata. Released April, 2015.

HDMI 2.1: Increased bandwidth capability to 48 Gbps to support a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates, including 4K/120 and 8K/60. Cables that support the new HDMI 2.1 features will be called Ultra High Speed HDMI Cables. They will be backwards compatible with existing HDMI devices. The 2.1 specification was released in October, 2017, but the first compatible devices and cables are not expected until 2018.

Will I need a special "4K-compatible" HDMI cable?

Depending on how good — and how old — your current HDMI cables are, you may not need to upgrade to "4K-compatible" cables. HDMI cables often list their maximum data capacity, and in order to handle 4K/60Hz video signals, the HDMI 2.0 spec raised the maximum capacity from 10.2 Gbps to 18 Gbps. Current HDMI cables that are labeled "high speed" should be able to handle the increased bandwidth of 4K signals at lengths up to five meters. For longer lengths, we recommend some type of "active" HDMI cable such as the Celerity Technologies fiber optic cables described below.

Shop 4K and HDR-compatible HDMI cables.

HDMI connection issues, solutions and workarounds

Different HDMI versions may cause some interoperability issues — for example, you generally won't be able to get HDMI 1.4 features with non-1.4 gear and cables. See our HDMI 1.4 questions below for more details.

Some problems are also caused by a manufacturer's improper or incomplete implementation of the technology. Some incompatibilities in the digital "handshake" of the HDCP copy-protection code still exist between HDMI-connected components, especially when routed through an HDMI-equipped home theater receiver. Whenever problems like these are discovered, the HDMI standards group contacts the manufacturer and requires that the issue be resolved. In some cases, products have been recalled.

Beyond the initial handshake, there are other possibilities for miscommunication between components. At the beginning of the article, I mentioned that HDMI supports two-way communication between a video source and a TV. Part of that digital conversation is known as "EDID" (Extended Display Identification Data), which describes the TV's capabilities to the source component. EDID info typically includes the manufacturer name, product type, screen resolution, and color depth. Thanks to EDID, two devices can not only talk to each other, they'll actually know whom they're talking to. And that makes auto-configuration possible, which simplifies your setup process.

Keeping all that in mind, here are some of the most common HDMI connectivity issues we've heard about from customers, along with possible solutions or workarounds:

Running HDMI over long distances

We get quite a few calls about long HDMI runs for homes or commercial A/V systems. One of the newest and best-performing solutions is Celerity Technologies' fiber optic HDMI cables. These high-tech cables deliver outstanding picture and sound quality, including full 4K and 3D content, at distances up to 1,000 feet — far beyond the reach of conventional copper-based cables.

Celerity cables work by converting electrical HDMI data into optical signals inside the fiber optic HDMI connectors. The signals are converted back to an electrical HDMI data stream at the connection to your TV or projector. Since the cable is fiber optic, there's no signal loss, even over long runs, and it's immune to interference from appliances, wireless devices, and computers.

Getting HDMI 1.4 features

Can't get Audio Return Channel from TV to receiver 
Make sure your TV and home theater receiver are both HDMI 1.4 components, and that they both support the Audio Return Channel. This may surprise you, but most TVs with 1.4-rated HDMI inputs only support Audio Return Channel on one of those inputs. Next, be sure you're using a 1.3 or 1.4 HDMI cable. (It's confusing, but equipment that's 1.3 and below won't support new HDMI 1.4 features; however, HDMI 1.3 cables can support some of them, namely the audio return channel.)

HDMI and 3D TV

When I try to play my 3D Blu-ray movie, my TV's screen goes blank

The problem is likely that one of the components in your system doesn't support 3D video. For example, if you try to play a 3D Blu-ray movie on a TV that can't display 3D, the TV won't know what to do with the signal and the screen will be blank.

The same thing can happen if you're routing your 3D Blu-ray player's video signal through a non-3D home theater receiver. The receiver won't be able to pass 3D video on to your TV, resulting in an empty screen.

Many 3D Blu-ray players require you to choose between 3D and 2D viewing when you load a Blu-ray disc. If you choose 3D, the player switches to 3D mode, and you have a short amount of time to confirm your selection. If you don't confirm, the player assumes you might not be able to see the image, and reverts back to 2D.

When I try to watch a regular 2D movie, my 3D TV's screen goes blank
If your TV is set to display video in 3D only, it may not be able to accept a regular 2D signal. Go into your TV's display menus and select "Auto" (or something similar) &mdash that tells the TV to display any incoming signals, 2D or 3D, rather than only 3D.

Common HDMI "handshake" issues

No picture or sound using HDMI from DVD player to TV

Some video components come from the factory with the HDMI output set to "off." You can switch it to "on" via the player's setup menu, or sometimes by pressing the "HDMI" button on the component's front panel or remote.

No sound when using the HDTV's HDMI input

Most TVs lack built-in decoding for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, and can only play 2-channel audio. But many HDMI-equipped video components come from the factory set up to send multichannel audio. Usually, just changing the component's audio setting to "2-channel (PCM)" solves the problem.

No picture when connecting a cable box to an HDTV

This is usually the fault of the cable box, since some local cable providers may not have upgraded their customers' equipment with new firmware or new boxes to make them fully compliant and compatible with HDMI-equipped TVs and A/V receivers. Customers should report problems to their local cable providers. As with most HDMI-related connectivity issues, one effective workaround is to use component video connections and optical or coaxial digital audio connections.

No closed captions displayed when using HDMI connections

Unfortunately, the HDMI spec doesn't include any requirement for carrying closed captioning data. So, if you connect a video component like an HD cable or satellite receiver or DVD/Blu-ray player to your HDTV using HDMI, you won't see conventional closed captions. If you need to view closed captions from your cable or satellite box, use a component video connection — the closed captions will pass through and you'll still enjoy a high-def picture.

A related issue is that many DVDs and Blu-ray discs simply aren't encoded with closed captioning data. However, most discs are encoded with subtitles, which are similar to closed captions, and subtitles are compatible with HDMI. In fact, a growing number of content providers are using a particular type of subtitling called "Subtitling for Deaf and Hard of Hearing," which is optimized for people with hearing disabilities. While not all discs include subtitles, virtually all DVD and Blu-ray players are capable of decoding subtitles if they're present.

Can't get multichannel audio with an A/V receiver connected between the video source and an HDTV

We've mentioned HDMI's intelligent two-way communication between components, but sometimes it actually contributes to hookup problems. Normally, the display tells the source device about its video and audio capabilities. Virtually all TVs are limited to 2-channel audio playback. Since many A/V receivers employ a "repeater" type of HDMI switch, the receiver simply passes the 2-channel information to the source, despite the receiver's multichannel capabilities. So, the player sends only 2-channel audio to the receiver, rather than high-quality surround sound.

One handy workaround would be to simply run a separate optical or coaxial cable for audio. Unfortunately, many HDMI-equipped components are designed to turn off digital audio outputs when the HDMI output is in use. We have found that some models do this and some don't (even from the same brand), and going forward, we expect to see more models switching off their digital audio outputs.

Another receiver-related HDMI sound issue: some older HDMI-equipped receivers aren't designed to pass audio through their HDMI connections — they perform video switching only. To get multichannel audio from these receivers, you need to connect an optical or coaxial digital cable from your video source to the receiver. Only a few entry-level receivers still have this limitation, but it's something to be aware of.

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  • Jack from Illinois

    Posted on 6/25/2015

    I felt you did an excellent job in explaining the uses of HDMI cables, and the differences in HDMI cables, and what to do in different situations.

  • Nina Cafolla from Ireland

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    I have what must seem like an imbecilic question, but how do you switch from one HDMI source to another on your remote control?

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Nina, it depends on the brand of the device(and remote), but most remotes have a "Source" or "Input" button that will bring up an on-screen menu.

  • Dennis from Phillipsburg

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    Very informative

  • Pablo from London

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Hi, what do you mean when you speak of "sparkles"? I think I may be experiencing this on my new tv? Brilliant articles btw.

  • Brian from Gillespie,Illinois

    Posted on 9/12/2015

    Why all the problems with HDMI switching failures? Purchased two expensive components in the last couple years. A Marantz AV7701 preamp and a Onkyo NR809. Lost audio in both because of HDMI issues. I must give a big shout out to Onkyo. They are stepping up to the plate and fixing the issues. Repairing the problems as well as shipping both ways. Marantz on the other hand loves to sing the praises of their high end products. Both unfortunately the customer is the one who gets it in the end. My Marantz AV 7701 preamp failed short of 8 months use. It's under warranty. But their concept of customer service doesn't come close to Onkyo.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/16/2015

    Pablo - I'd describe sparkles as colored or white flecks in the picture. They're not noise, they're actually pixel dropouts indicating a compromised signal.

  • Alex from Dix Hills

    Posted on 11/28/2015

    I bought a Sony XBRX850c 4K tv. I have it connected to my Pioneer Elite SC75. Every time I change the channel thru my food cable box the picture freezes. If I go to the next channel the next channel loads with no problems. Spoke to Sony they claim I need a faster HDMI cable.

  • Norman

    Posted on 1/14/2016

    How can you tell which HDMI cable version you have? I just purchased a HDMI cable from RadioShack with no mention on the cable or packaging.

  • Dave Bauer from Chesapeake

    Posted on 1/22/2016

    Same question as Norman. I've got a collection of cables but don't know what version they are. I want to get rid of all of the lower version cables so I don't unintentionally generate connection problems.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/29/2016

    Dave and Norman, on the cable itself, most HDMI cables are not labeled as far as capacity or HDMI/HDCP version. The most common way of differentiating them is "standard speed" and "high speed." A cable that's rated "high speed" can handle 4K video at the typical lengths most folks use. For example, AudioQuest says that their cables will "support HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 features at lengths up to 10 meters."

  • Julie Jacobson from Carlsbad

    Posted on 3/6/2016

    Really nice job on this, Steve. Thank you.

  • Mary from Nahant

    Posted on 3/8/2016

    Have samsung 4k tv set up with standard hdmi cable. Lag between voice and visual. Will high speed cable help with the lag

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/15/2016

    Mary, I doubt the HDMI cable is causing the lag. You might check the settings on your TV or source (cable box, Blu-ray player, etc) for a solution to the latency problem. If you ordered from us, give our Tech support a call -- you'll find their number on your invoice and shipping confirmation email.

  • Tom from Manlius

    Posted on 6/16/2016

    Do I need to use the ARC HDMI input if I'm only running the cable directly from a digital cable box. I'm not using a receiver at this time. Only the TV speakers.

  • Kevin Gherlone from Beach Park IL

    Posted on 6/20/2016

    I have an interesting problem. Comcast switched my cable box to a Motorola. Now when going to a Sharp Roku TV via the cable box the audio is very soft, it has to be above 60 out of 70 to be heard much at all. Funny thing is, when going from the cable box to a DVD player then to the TV, via RCA component connections the sound is fine. Could this be an HDMI cable issue? I'm using the one Comcast provided. The RCA cables are just normal run of the mill. Comcast, no surprise has no answer to make the sound louder. If I use the cable to dvd to tv connection am I losing HD-level signals? Do you think a better HDMI cable would make a difference?

  • Greg from Skiatook

    Posted on 8/27/2016

    I need your help with this question. I purchased an LG 4K TV Model 55UF6450. I purchased an Onkyo TX-NR555 receiver for this TV. I also have the TX-NR1030 for the Theater Room. So, the TV has the ARC hook up on HDMI 2 and it offers Deep Color on HDMI 1 only. I have 4 components connected to the Onkyo Receiver and the single HDMI output running to the ARC HDMI 2 connection on the TV. Am I missing out on a better picture by not using the Deep Color input when all of the components have deep color? Should I connect the 4K TV to the Receiver by a toslink cable and connecting the receiver to the Deep Color input? I have no clue why they built designed the inputs this way? I sure hope that you can help me. Thanks in advance.

  • MIke from Fargo

    Posted on 9/19/2016

    i need about a 150 ft HDMI cable. It is coming off a Blackbird 4k Pro 1 x 4 HDMI splitter. what kind of cable should i get? I have direct TV and splitting that signal 4 ways. Will this work? If so what 150ft cable do you recommend?

  • Steve Kindig from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Greg, Don't worry about missing out on any picture quality by not using a Deep Color-capable connection. The Deep Color spec was established years ago but there was never any content created to take advantage of it. For that reason, you shouldn't engage the Deep Color mode on a TV because it can actually result in inaccurate color reproduction. Hope this helps. Steve

  • Steve Kindig from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/27/2016

    Mike, For a 150-ft. run you'll need something other than a regular HDMI cable. I'd recommend a Celerity Technologies fiber optic HDMI cable. They convert electrical HDMI data to optical signals that can travel long distances with zero degradation. We don't carry a 150-ft. length, but we do have a 200-footer. These cables aren't cheap, but they work beautifully. Your Blackbird splitter may be a bottleneck because it can only handle signals up to 4K/30Hz. Hope this helps. Steve

  • Steve Kindig from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/30/2016

    Kevin, your situation is a puzzler. It's hard to make specific suggestions without knowing the exact model of your Motorola box. There's an "audio range" setting on most cable boxes, but it typically only affects premium channels. Hit "Settings" on the remote (you may have to hit it twice, depending on the model), then go to audio>>audio range. Typically you can choose from Narrow, Normal or Wide. Narrow is generally good for TVs, Normal or Wide for sound bars or A/V receivers. Good luck!

  • Stephanie Ferris from La Mesa

    Posted on 11/4/2016

    I have a problem I'm not sure how to fix. I have a Sony Bravia XBR-55X850A and recently purchased a Samsung UHD 4K player, UBD-K8500. The player works great, but I noticed that the movie is only displaying in 1080p, not the 2160p I was going for. When I go to the player menu and try to set the display to 2160 the screen goes blank until resetting to 1080p. Is this an HDMI issue? The cable from the receiver to the player and the receiver to the TV both say High Speed and I can't figure out anything else that might be an issue. The receiver is a Sony STR-DH520 but it's never been an issue before. Im hoping you can help. Thanks :)

  • Tim Aiken

    Posted on 11/29/2016

    Isn't the HDMI "spec" really just the receivers in the amp/TV? The cable is just a pipe for the signal. Isn't there really no cable spec other that 10/18 gb? My 4K HDR system works 100% on very cheap (think $4 each), under 10' run HDMI cables from years ago.

  • Pete LoMastro from NY

    Posted on 12/28/2016

    Stephanie Ferris it's your receiver. It cannot pass 4k video only 1080P. You would need a new receiver or just run and HDMI from the TV to the player for video and the other hdmi from the player to the receiver for audio only

  • Josh West from Suffolk

    Posted on 12/29/2016

    I have a Samsung 4K curved tv with an ARC connection, direct tv, and a LG sb400 soundbar. My cable box is hooked onto the bar with the hdmi connection to the ARC on the tv. The issue I am having is loss of connection, and I'm not sure which one is the cause. Sometimes it will work just fine, then the pic will go black, and sometimes it will be black but still have sound! I was wondering if the HDMIs need to be undated to better ones or is it a satellite problem.

  • Josh from Hoboken

    Posted on 2/1/2017

    How is the quality on the AudioQuest Cinnamon? I only need a 5 foot cable so is it worth the price point seeing as there are other high speed HDMI cables available at a lower cost?

  • Mike wallace from miami

    Posted on 2/24/2017

    I purchased a Sanyo DVD/VCR recorder. When I had a cable company that had a box where I could see what channel I was using, the DVD would record fine. I changed cable companys and now the cable box is small and I have to change the TV to channel 3 to operate correctly. I used a HDMI cable from TV to DVD, I get "No Signal", but when I play a movie DVD on the unit, I can see it on TV perfectly. The Sanyo recorder only has one input for an HDMI cable. I have hooked up the recorder with every cable available, still get "no signal". The cable company said hook up 2 HDMI cables but I can't since the DVD player has only one input for HDMI. I was thinking on an S connection TV our to DVD in. Let me know.

  • Thomas from Schertz

    Posted on 3/8/2017

    I purchased a Samsung SU HD 4K 65 inch TV It is hooked up through my Pioneer elite receiver and I have DirecTV that also goes through that receiver When watching TV when something moves very quickly it's like slow Mo And example is watching golf the ball has a trailing affect on it My older Samsung 55 inch TV that was six years old never had that issue Can somebody explain what might be the issue?

  • John from Burnaby, Canada

    Posted on 3/14/2017

    I have seen an arrow marking at the connectors on some of the brands HDMI Cable, but the HDMI cables that I have do not show the arrow marking. Does the HDMI cable directional? Many thanks for your response. John

  • Steve Douglas from la mesa

    Posted on 4/30/2017

    I'd like to read a similar article on the use of XLR cables in home theater. I recently upgraded to a McIntosh 7 channel amp and AVM 60 processor driving all Audio Acoustics speakers. I used 6 six foot XLR cables for the hooking up but these were XLR cables I would generally use in my band that I happened to have. They were all brand new.

  • Kevin Perkins

    Posted on 8/14/2017

    Need to run 80' of hdmi to outdoor tv. Local guys say I should use a pair of balun boxes with cat 6 for a true 4K signal. Is there any other options?

  • Judith Brazier from Shawneetown,illinois

    Posted on 8/26/2017

    steve, WHY DOES MY ,,,NEW,,,4 K ,,,,,LG ,,,,,TV ,,,,,occasionally go off for Several hours? Have ,,,alll new cables and second reveiver! Told signal is strong, MOST OF THE TIME IT GOES OFF AROUND MIDNITE TILL 9 am,?

  • Julie Blackham from Palatine

    Posted on 10/22/2017

    We have a Samsung UN55D6000sf TV. The HDMI cables seem to be heavy so the connections aren't consistently or firmly attached. We end up draping the cables around a lamp after trying duck taping the cords to the back of the TV. Is there a better support for these cables?


    Posted on 10/29/2017

    Disregarding length, the AudioQuest HDMI cables you offer seem to different only by the amount of silver coating. More silver translates to more cost. Does picture and sound quality improve much from say a silver coating of 1.25% (Cinnamon) to say 2.5% (Carbon) used with a 4K HDR OLED?

  • David from Chesterfield

    Posted on 12/7/2017

    From the customer perspective I would think that the number one thing we all have in common are HDMI cables; and then which one to buy; that is if the run from source to TV is 10 feet or less. Those that have followed the HDMI cable development, and focused on the issue of cable quality; are all very likely to have read about the pros and cons and even "myths" regarding brands such as Monster Cables. I read through the entire article, and the main thing I was waiting for but never was covered, was this issue of very expensive cables verses moderately priced cables. Obviously companies like AudioQuest are providing a legitimate reason for customers to spend 10 fold or more for an HDMI Cable. Please tell all of us whether or not, for the short run of 10 feet or less; is their support for anyone to purchase AudioQuest Yukon HDMI Cables if someone wants the most accurate and full picture and sound reproduction possible, or will a $20 Cable Matters HDMI Cable perform just as well? I know this is a difficult question to deal with when stores are offering both the high end and the moderately priced cables. I hope you are able to settle this issue for many customers without undermining your own business! I just purchased a pair of AQ 1/2 meter cables for $170; but they are XLR cables that are carrying an analog signal from the DAC in the OPPO 205 to an OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier. Can the support for these cables; absent of 1's & 0'S be applied to HDMI cables?

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