So, after a long process of research and pricing you finally decided on the right projector and screen for your needs. But what about connecting the projector to you sound system, cable box or blu-ray player? Whats this HDMI cable that people are talking about?
You probably already knew you needed an HDMI cable to handle this job (among a few other things, but thats another story!). But which one should you get? Honestly, until some recent research on the cables we carry at Visual Apex I really didnt know the difference either. I knew we had a couple different types based on installation type and whether they could handle 3D or not, but that was about as far as I got. So if we sell them and I’m a little confused why there are multiple choices, then others might be to!
Now, I can tell you this –
We mainly carry what has been known as “version 1.4” or High Speed HDMI with Ethernet. This means the cable can handle video resolutions of 1080p and above. This means if you are looking to get the latest and greatest HDMI cable that will be right for you now and handle the next update to 4K display technology, you are covered!
As with any technology, this is of course subject to change once 4K really takes off, but for now, as far as we know our High Speed HDMI cables with Ethernet (v1.4) will be able handle this.
Why this version of HDMI cable though? As mentioned, technology is always evolving, and so are the things we use to connect to that technology. HDMI developers are always working to stay at or above what is out there, so the consumer has less interruption. The Ethernet capability also means that you only have to connect your main device to your internet source and filter to your other devices from there, instead of connecting each device separately… if your devices support that… there’s always a catch
Not sure if the cable you are looking at is High Speed with Ethernet? If you physically have it in your hands in a store, see if you can spot the tiny (really tiny!) wording printed on the cable. It should say High Speed with Ethernet on it, along with the gauge and length. If you are shopping online and unsure, make sure you contact the seller first! … or just purchase from Visual Apex since we’ve already done the legwork for you
If you arent interested in 3D or the jump to 4K down the line, then the Standard High Definition HDMI Cable (v1.3) would be sufficient for your needs. However, they are harder to find since they are really being phased out.
Also, it is always good to check all your devices before purchasing any cables, to ensure you can connect them all! Some of the older systems out there may not support HDMI, but if its still working and you dont want to replace it, try looking for an HDMI to component cable that would work with your existing system, but still connect to the new projector.
Hopefully this brief over view helps you make your decision – and go from confused
to enjoying those movies in your home theater!
See you next time! -M