understanding hdmi cables

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With HDMI Cables things are much simpler. For home theater applications, there are two choices with a single option for each. The two choices are:

High Speed HDMI Cable - This is a cable designed to handle 1080p and 4K resolutions. It is required to have a bandwidth of at least 10.2 Gbps, which is enough to process all but one of the features in HDMI at the same time, including 3D, 48-bit Deep Color, Audio Return Channel, and any type HDMI supported audio signal. The one feature it cannot handle is the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

Standard HDMI Cable - This is a cable designed to handle 720p/1080i resolutions and capable of a total minimum bandwidth of 2.25 Gbps. Standard HDMI Cables can handle some of the HDMI features, but not all at the same time like a High Speed HDMI Cable can. The one feature it cannot support is the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

As you probably guessed by now, the one option for each of these cable types is the addition of support for the HDMI Ethernet Channel:

High Speed HDMI Cable With Ethernet - This cable can do everything that a High Speed HDMI Cable can do, with the addition of support for the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

Standard HDMI Cable With Ethernet - This cable can do everything that a Standard HDMI Cable can do, with the addition of support for the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

There is a fifth cable type, which is the Standard Automotive HDMI Cable, but that doesn't apply to home theater applications. If you've got a car HDMI installation, you will use this cable and won't have any other choices to make.

In general, if you are hooking up a 1080p 3D ready blu-ray player to your 1080p 3D ready TV, you will want a High Speed HDMI Cable. If you've got a TV that is only capable of 720p and you won't be using 3D, you will want a Standard HDMI Cable.
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