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The Insider Pick: HDMI Cables
- May 09, 2018 -

 

HDMI cables are becoming increasingly important in any home theater setup.

HDMI cables are an important part of any home theater or home office set up. Not only can they connect your computer to your TV or external monitor, but they can also be pretty useful if you game with a console, own a streaming box, and so on.

You might not be aware, however, that not all HDMI cables are equal. There are a few different HDMI standards, and cable quality can have a big effect on how long the cable ends up lasting.

Contrary to popular belief, HDMI cables don’t really have version numbers — their connectors do. That’s to say, while your TV may have HDMI 2.1 connectors, the actual cable that runs between them doesn’t.

There are four types of HDMI cables: high speed with or without Ethernet and standard speed with or without Ethernet. The vast majority of HDMI cables are high-speed with Ethernet.

The other main thing to consider is how long of a cable you need. If you’re running a cable from your PS4 to your TV, shorter 3-foot cables might be long enough, but if you have a cable management system or a longer distance to cover, you’ll want to get a longer cable.