If you are looking for HDMI cables right now, you will ideally want cables which support all the technologies and devices that you currently use. This includes your HD LCD TV, your Blu-ray or DVD player, your sound system and possibly a games console or two.
For a basic system, you are likely to go for HDMI 1.3 cables. They aren’t the latest version but they are widely used, and they offer all support for the latest technologies. However, they aren’t as ready for future advancements as HDMI 1.4 cables.
At present, only HDMI 1.4 cables can handle 3D TV. This means that if you have HDMI 1.3 cables and you plan to buy a 3D TV at some point in the future, you will need to replace your cables with the latest version – HDMI 1.4 cables.
The great thing about HDMI 1.4 cables is that they only use less than half of their bandwidth, so there is plenty of space for support for new technologies that may be developed in the future. You won’t need to replace your cables for years to come, which is why HDMI 1.4 cables are the only truly future-proof option around.