Which HDMI cable is right for me?

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?

Epson Home Cinema 5010

Epson Home Cinema 5010

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!

25Ft HDMI Cable

25Ft HDMI Cable

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

Missing the Epson 5010 and 5010E? They’re Back….

The ever popular Epson 5010 and 5010e are back!

The Epson 5010, one of the most popular home theater projectors of 2012, is back, fully refurbished by Epson and at a crazy low price!  For just $1699 you get the Epson 5010-R Projector, Free 2day Shipping and a Free Disney WoW Calibration Disc!


The Epson 5010E combines everything you love from the 5010, but adds a Wireless HD Transmitter for your ultimate wireless home theater! For $1799 you get the Epson 5010E-R, Free 2day Shipping, a Disney WoW Calibration Disc and Two 6 foot HDMI Cables!


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Still need more convincing?  Not sure its right for you? Read previous reviews of the product from our friends at Projector Reviews here and then come back and buy one.  Remember these are fully refurbished by Epson, and come with the standard 2 year warranty.  For almost $1000 off the original price when they were brand new, you could have the home theater projector you’ve been dreaming of!