The HDMI cables are the ones that allow you to link various sources to your HD TV and enjoy excellent quality, high definition video and superb audio, transmitted over a single link. They could make your setup neater and they are capable of supporting virtually any computer or TV video format, as well as the most widely used audio formats. However, they also come in different versions, have different types of connectors, and when you add a few merchant-enforced terms, choosing an HDMI cable might sound like an awfully complicated task. In approximately 90% of the cases though, you can simply pick a 1.4 (the latest version) HDMI cable, link your equipment, and not worry about features, resolutions, bitrates, and throughputs. In fact, a 1.3 is likely to do just as equally great job as long as you are not looking for 1.4-sepcific features only such as Audio return channel or Ethernet.
There are a few cases, where you might face some compatibility issues, but they are likely to be caused by your equipment and not the cables. For instance, when running an HDMI cable from a DVI-enabled source to a HDMI-equipped HDTV, you might have to run a separate cable for the audio. In addition, some DVI devices do not support HDCP encryption and even though the HDMI cables do, you might be unable to display such content. Other special applications might be running longer than 10 meters cable without repeater, and this is where the higher end or special HDMI cables with built-in boosters are likely to perform better and deliver the signal without any disturbance. In addition, it is worth investing in higher quality cable, especially if you have spent thousands on the latest HDTV, Blu-ray player, or gaming console. The higher-grade cables are likely to last longer and they have better quality connectors, and if they are 1.4, you are not likely to have to replace them in the next few years.
3D TV and HDMI – since most 3D formats require higher throughput, you would want to purchase 1.4 or 1.3 version HDMI cable. When purchasing a new HCMI cable the best approach is to speak with the sales consultant, buy the cable from a shop with lenient return policy, take it home, and try it, and if it does not work, simply take it back and buy a different one. As long as all your equipment is HDMI-ready, you are not likely to face any issues and be able to simply plug the cable and enjoy amazing quality video and sound!