HDMI Cables are an essential accessory for any visual displays you own or may treat yourself to this year.
With new technology upgrading TVs to offer higher resolutions and crisper images, the rest of the extras and accessories have to similarly upgrade.
Newer HDMI cables run a specification called HDMI 2.0 that improves the limit of the bandwidth they can carry and allows higher resolution signals to be sent from your sources to your TV. On top of improving the conductors in HDMI cables, there is also an improvement on shielding and protection to prevent the signal being interfered with by nearby power cables and power supplies.
We have compiled a list of HDMI cables that we recommend for being must-haves this Christmas :
The Performance Graphite offers the fantastic picture and sound quality that you would expect from QED, offering Audio return, Ethernet, 3D and HDMI 2.0 Compliant.
The QED Performance Graphite HDMI is made with 59% more copper than “standard” HDMI cables and gives a data rate of 10.2 Gbps.
Starting from a price of £19.94 for a 0.6m length cable, the QED Performance HDMI is a super cable for anyone looking to upgrade their basic cables to a quality branded equivalent.
The Chroma 7 utilizes the Wireworld heavier 24AWG Symmetricon™ flat construction cable offering significantly lower loss and higher precision. The new ‘Series 7’ cables incorporate a number of innovations, including a new composite insulation materials called ‘Composilex® 2’, HD-Grip™ and self-locking HDMI connectors.
All Wireworld Series 7 HDMI cables (every length) are High Speed with Ethernet; perfect for 3D & UltraHD 4K applications, and feature Composilex® 2 insulation technology.
The Wireworld Chroma 7 is a definite must-have being an award winning cable with great performance for the price.
Over the past 25 years, AudioQuest
has a well-earned reputation as a manufacturer of exceptional award winning video and audio cables world-wide. AudioQuest have used the finest materials and highest levels of manufacturing precision to develop their outstanding range of HDMI 2.0 specification cables designed to maximise your audio and video experience.
All Audioquest HDMI cables are constructed with Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors with increasing amounts of Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) as you go up their range of cables. The carbon contains 5% PSS to improve the signal flow through the cable.
Starting from a price of £125.00 for a 0.6m length cable, the AudioQuest Carbon HDMI is a perfect partner for the top of the range TVs for the best picture quality to price ratio.
Honourable Mention : Supra HD5 Standard HDMI
SUPRA launched its first HDMI cable in 2004. 9 years of continuous product development has resulted in the Supra HD5 HDMI, which (according to Supra) is the best HDMI cable on the market, offering HDMI High Speed with Ethernet & 4K resolution. They guarantee that the cable can handle all HDMI signals up to 32m.
The bandwidth in the HD5 (used in all of there HDMI/DVI cables) is 1100MHz, almost four times the spec of HDMI High Speed (340MHz). There are some interesting cables out there claiming to do the job but only a few are actually approved for it. SUPRA HDMI is a safe choice.
Starting from a price of £44.99 for a 0.5m length, the Supra HD5 Standard HDMI is a great product offering many different lengths with the specs to carry any signal efficiently.