I was that best behind a few days ago. I saw a hundred and fifty dollars ten-foot HDMI cable and it made me think that it's time to write another blog about HDMI cables. I write a blog about HDMI cables and the one that stood out to me was this one, how your goanna recommends a basic HDMI cable for 4k HDR. When it comes to HDMI cables price means nothing, I've seen $15 cables work better than hundred-dollar cables. So, a higher price doesn't always equal, higher quality and the sad part about these super expensive cables is that there are a bunch of people out there who actually believe that these cables make the image look better. I hate to break it to you but that's simply not true since an HDMI cable is digital it either works or it doesn't work. Now before I get into choosing an HDMI cable, I want to briefly talk about HDMI versions so without getting too deep into it here's a simplified chart that shows what type of signal each HDMI version supports.
The older versions of HDMI were all able to use the same cable. Since they all useless than eighteen gigabits per second of bandwidth so what about HDMI 2.1 cables. You can technically use an older HDMI 2.0 cable with an HDMI to point one device and still get some of the new features. But your likely goanna has issues with a case, that requires a new cable that supports higher bandwidth and sadly there are currently no certified HDMI 2.1 cables even though some manufacturers claim that their cable is ultra-high-speed. But this isn't a big deal right now, because there really isn't much 8k content out there and there are very few mainstream media players that support it. For now, I'd say hold off on those so this brings me to my next point which is bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to how much data the cable can send. If it has enough bandwidth to send a signal then you won't have any issues, but if it doesn't have enough bandwidth then you'll see the picture drop up or you won't get any video at all.
Now as long as you have a high-speed HDMI cable made within the last few years. It will usually work just fine for anything less than 4k. But once you get into 4k especially, 4k HDR you need a lot more bandwidth and that's where you'll usually start to see issues with low-quality cables. And if you don't need a really long not recommend something like this amazon basics HDMI cable, and before you judge the cable based on his price consider that I use the 25-foot version of this cable for all of my 4k HDR projector tests and it works perfectly. If you need a cable longer than 25-feet then this is where the more expensive cables come into play. Sending a 1080p signal over 25-feet isn't really a big deal. But if you plan on sending 4k then you're likely to run into issues with long cables.
Fiber HDMI cables do a much better job handling high bandwidth signals like 4kHDR and they can also send data over a much longer distance without any issues. The downside to these cables is the price but what's nice is that over the past few years there's been a lot of cheaper alternatives popping up. I can't personally vouch for all of these. One tip that I want to share with you about HDMI cables is that the best way to research cables is to look at reviews on Amazon and instead of looking at just the first few reviews. It's best to filter the reviews according to the specific cable lengths you're looking for. This will let you easily see if people are having issues playing 4k HDR with longer cables. If you see comments from people saying that it doesn't work for 4k then you can move on and find another cable. Hopefully, you found it helpful.