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4k HDMI cable advice.

JR Hartley Avatar
2y, 3w agoPosted 2 years, 3 weeks ago
Can anyone advise me of the best HDMI cable for a 4K tv - I'm told it should be a gold one ( 27 GBPS ).

Thanks in advance.
JR Hartley Avatar
2y, 3w agoPosted 2 years, 3 weeks ago
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I used to work in a leading electronics store, and I can tell you there is no different in HDMI cables that they sold for £50 to the ones you can get in a pound store except the length, I used to want to go in a corner and scream every time someone paid over the odds for these expensive HDMI cables but I couldn't tell them to go to a pound store or I'd face disciplinary action!

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#1
Pay no attention.
If it's digital, it just has to be 4K
#2
nacho99
Pay no attention.
If it's digital, it just has to be 4K

So I should just continue to use a normal HDMI cable then ?
banned#3
It should cost a minimum of £80 to be decent, currys have a good range, ask a sales person they are very knowledgable.
#4
JR Hartley
nacho99
Pay no attention.
If it's digital, it just has to be 4K

So I should just continue to use a normal HDMI cable then ?
All 4K signals are digital.
Digital does not care if it's gold, copper or any other metal.
Try it and you will see.
#5
Musician
It should cost a minimum of £80 to be decent, currys have a good range, ask a sales person they are very knowledgable.
lol, best joke I've heard so far...
#6
#7
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
#8
Thanks for all the advice :)
#9
Just to point out. Any 1.4a cable supports 2.0, the standard didn't change the cable.
#10
Pound shops now sell them, as has been noted above they all work the same. Hard to believe i know, but it's true. Who told you that you needed a gold one? If it was a sales assistant, that shop needs to be named and shamed!

Here's a bit off Watchdog about it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaNAFeOfV4g
#11
No doubt the HDMI Socket on the TV is nickel plated, so a gold plated cable would be a mismatch of metals.
#12
kester76
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
There's no such thing as a HDMI 2.0 cable, they're all the same. HDMI is HDMI, the version is dependant on the source it's plugged into such as the TV or monitor.
#13
GoatzRus
kester76
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
There's no such thing as a HDMI 2.0 cable, they're all the same. HDMI is HDMI, the version is dependant on the source it's plugged into such as the TV or monitor.

Not true. 1.4 introduced the Ethernet channel which doesn't exist in the 1.3 cable revisions. 1.4 and 2.0 use the same cables.


Edited By: rev6 on Dec 27, 2014 02:18
#14
GoatzRus
kester76
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
There's no such thing as a HDMI 2.0 cable, they're all the same. HDMI is HDMI, the version is dependant on the source it's plugged into such as the TV or monitor.

yep pretty much, see http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/hdmi-2-0-vs-1-4
In reality you can't assume this so much. As an example Cat 6 CCA cable is rated for Gigabit but pretty much does a very poor job of it so it's hit or miss. Cat 5e pure copper does alot better job.
Tie in cable length and signal loss then you might have a problem with a shoddy hdmi 1.4 cable, hence try 1.4 and then upgrade to a better rated cable if required.
#15
kester76
GoatzRus
kester76
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
There's no such thing as a HDMI 2.0 cable, they're all the same. HDMI is HDMI, the version is dependant on the source it's plugged into such as the TV or monitor.
yep pretty much, see http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/hdmi-2-0-vs-1-4
In reality you can't assume this so much. As an example Cat 6 CCA cable is rated for Gigabit but pretty much does a very poor job of it so it's hit or miss. Cat 5e pure copper does alot better job.
Tie in cable length and signal loss then you might have a problem with a shoddy hdmi 1.4 cable, hence try 1.4 and then upgrade to a better rated cable if required.

You are mistaking HDMI revision with cable revisions.
#16
I used to work in a leading electronics store, and I can tell you there is no different in HDMI cables that they sold for £50 to the ones you can get in a pound store except the length, I used to want to go in a corner and scream every time someone paid over the odds for these expensive HDMI cables but I couldn't tell them to go to a pound store or I'd face disciplinary action!
#17
rev6
kester76
GoatzRus
kester76
I'll try it on a cheaper 1.4a and then upgrade to an ebay hdmi 2.0 cable when they come out. You only tend to need better cables for longer distances.
There's no such thing as a HDMI 2.0 cable, they're all the same. HDMI is HDMI, the version is dependant on the source it's plugged into such as the TV or monitor.
yep pretty much, see http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/hdmi-2-0-vs-1-4
In reality you can't assume this so much. As an example Cat 6 CCA cable is rated for Gigabit but pretty much does a very poor job of it so it's hit or miss. Cat 5e pure copper does alot better job.
Tie in cable length and signal loss then you might have a problem with a shoddy hdmi 1.4 cable, hence try 1.4 and then upgrade to a better rated cable if required.

You are mistaking HDMI revision with cable revisions.
Lol, sorry I mean the cable tested rating. Most cables exceed their specification by a reasonable margin but some barely hit the target. I can remember the older cheap so called hdmi 1.3 rated cables that couldn't handle deep color

Edited By: kester76 on Dec 27, 2014 15:04: Ipad App Sucks
#18
Go and look on amazon
#19
dealpickle
Pound shops now sell them, as has been noted above they all work the same. Hard to believe i know, but it's true. Who told you that you needed a gold one? If it was a sales assistant, that shop needs to be named and shamed!

Here's a bit off Watchdog about it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaNAFeOfV4g

I like it. Thanks.

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