Best HDMI Cables For 2022

Add an HDMI cable or two to your shopping cart if you’re thinking about getting a new gaming console, TV, 4K Blu-ray player, or 4K HDR media streamer. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on HDMI cables because they work with your equipment. Even low-cost devices can receive and display 4K HDR content.

According to our calculations, the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and even 4K Blu-ray players will cost you no more than $1 per foot. Do you require a new HDMI cable? If you buy new equipment, your old cables will work with it. Here are some recommended cables if they don’t or if you want to make sure they do.

 

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Let me repeat myself: even in the most expensive year, cheap HDMI cables are perfectly acceptable. No matter how good the picture is or how good the sound is, the price is irrelevant. No matter how much a cable costs, it will have the same appearance as any other cable capable of passing the resolution you desire. Here are our recommendations for the best HDMI cable.

Read more: Best 4K TVs for 2022

Cable recommendations (6 feet): AmazonBasics or Monoprice

I used 6-foot (1.8-meter) cables for pricing, but there are longer and shorter options. Shorter cables can save you money, but make sure they’re long enough to allow you to set up your gear where you want it. You could say that measuring twice before buying once is the best way to do things.

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High-resolution and high-frame-rate cables labeled “Premium Certified” can handle them. This label isn’t required, but it does help ensure that a cable will work with other devices. So if you want to ensure that your new PS5 or Xbox Series X can run 4K at 120 frames per second, this is the simplest way to do so. Premium Certified cables don’t come at a significant price premium, which is fortunate. A few dollars more than noncertified AmazonBasics cables, for example, are the difference.

They come in 3-, 6-, 10- and 15-foot versions.

Monoprice is the most well-known brand of low-cost HDMI cables, and it offers a wide selection, including the Monoprice Select Series. “Premium Certified” designates the cable used to connect the two devices.

Monoprice’s Premium Certified cables are some of the cheapest on the market. There are also versions that are longer and thicker. Amazon-style lifetime warranties are also available.

What makes these two HDMI cable manufacturers stand out from the rest? We trust them because they’re the most affordable and come with the best warranties.

We’ve been using low-cost cables from Amazon and Monoprice for years in our TV testing lab, even though we don’t review them specifically. More plugging and unplugging than most cables see in a day has been no match for these cables’ ability to carry hundreds of hours of 4K and HDR video without a hitch. With compatible devices, none have failed.

Even though there are less expensive options, we’ve found that these two have consistently received excellent user reviews and have been on the market for many years. In addition, they’re rated to handle 4K and HDR content. The HDMI 2.0 standard is often referred to as “18Gbps,” which refers to the amount of bandwidth that can be transferred in gigabits per second (see below for HDMI 2.1 details).

Other options

You may not want a Monoprice or Amazon HDMI cable for whatever reason. We scoured the shelves of several big-name retailers and found lines that we liked. They’re all here.

There are many HDMI cables available in Walmart’s online store. The Tripp Lite linked here, which the company appears to be selling itself, claims to be 18Gbps in one place. A lifetime warranty can be found by sifting through the fine print. Compared to Amazon or Monoprice, I don’t see the benefit of this cable, but it is an option.

Most of Target’s regular HDMI cables cannot handle the total bandwidth of 4K HDR, making it challenging to find the right one. Only a four-foot Philips cable is reasonably priced as of this writing. Also, you might not know what to do with a Target gift card. You may be better off with one of the other options here, as it’s only rated at 10.2Gbps.

The majority of cable packages sold by Best Buy are exorbitantly priced. For $170, you get a 6-foot, 7-inch cable with a slew of other features. However, some of its offerings aren’t terrible. Dynex’s 6-foot Ultra HD HDMI cable can transmit data at speeds of up to 18 Gbps.

However, the warranty on this item is only for 90 days, so the alternatives listed above are preferable.

Do you need new cables?

Getting a new TV doesn’t mean you need new HDMI cables, even if you’re moving up to something with 4Kor HDR. Any recent “high-speed HDMI cable” should work fine over short distances, say under 6 feet. HDMI cable manufacturers use the “High Speed” rating to designate cables with sufficient bandwidth to support video resolutions up to and including 1080p.

It’s easy to think of bandwidth as a conduit. With 4K and HDR content, you need to get a lot of water through the pipe. A high-speed cable must be large enough to handle all of the traffic it is expected to handle.

A high-speed HDMI cable capable of transmitting the massive amounts of data necessary for 4K and HDR content cannot be identified simply by looking at it. Even if the jacket says “High Speed,” that doesn’t mean anything. HDMI cables capable of passing the 1080p standard can be considered “high speed,” but they aren’t capable of giving 4K. There is no way to know that it is working correctly unless it is tested.

As long as it works, it’s all good. What if your 4K Blu-ray player sends a 4K HDR signal directly to your HDR TV? If the television shows a 4K HDR signal, you are good to go. A different 4K HDMI cable will not produce a better image because that isn’t how technology operates.

With an HDMI cable, there are only two failures. Your chances of getting a signal are slim to none. A screen that is either black or has a flickering pattern. To begin, ensure that your HDMI devices are correctly connected and configured.

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HDMI cable failure known as “sparkles” can be seen in this close-up image.

In addition to sparkles, the only other “fail” mode of HDMI cables is. The screen appears to be covered in snow. If it’s too heavy, it’ll look static on an old TV, or it’ll look like random white pixels if it’s too light. This necessitates the purchase of new cabling.

You’re good to go as long as the TV displays the exact resolution as what you’re sending it (e.g., 4K HDR on the TV when you’re sending 4K HDR). That image won’t improve if you use a different cable.

Remember that if one step in your chain isn’t 4K HDR, nothing is. In other words, you won’t be able to connect a 4K Blu-ray player to a 4K TV if you connect it to an old soundbar first. Additionally, some televisions only have one or two HDMI 2.1 inputs. That can be found in your owner’s manual, too.

What about HDMI 2.1?

HDMI 2.1 is the most recent version of the standard, and it’s currently the most popular. A massive leap in bandwidth, capable of 8K resolutions and beyond, has been made. Ultra High-Speed cables are also available, but unless you plan on purchasing an 8K TV, they are not necessary. Because even if you’re getting an 8K television, you probably don’t need them.

Longer cables?

When it comes to connecting your TV to your cable box, video streamer, 4K Blu-ray player, or game console, the vast majority of you will only need a few feet/meters of HDMI cable. Some of you may be looking for a little longer cable. Because there are so many factors to consider, which we will go over, it’s impossible for us to make a simple decision.

In general, the quality of a long HDMI cable is much more important than that of a short one. Over a distance of 15 feet, the likelihood that a mediocre line will not work or work at the resolution you desire increases dramatically. You still don’t have to shell out a fortune for long cables, as plenty of options cost about the same per foot. No-name wires, then, may have a lower success rate.

To put it another way, most people will be fine with a shoddy 3-foot cable, but a shoddy 15-foot cord most likely won’t. If you’re thinking about a long-term solution, be sure it can handle 4K/60, HDR, and other advanced features. Many options aren’t. Consider these three options:

Active: A small chip in an active HDMI cable uses power from the device’s HDMI connector to boost its HDMI signal. This is a good thing. Even though these cables are more expensive, they are more likely to work. Using a long passive cable is an option, but it isn’t guaranteed to work for everyone. What you’re using is a factor. Consider them for the long haul because they’re not significantly more expensive.

Optical: HDMI-over-optical has a much higher bandwidth than the traditional analog audio interface. Far greater distances are also possible with this device. Options with a length of more than 330 feet are readily available. In the last few years, prices have dropped dramatically, with options available for the same price per foot as copper cables. Most don’t even require any external power. They’re thin HDMI cables that work and look like them.

Wireless: Alternatively, you can eliminate the need for wires by going wireless. However, this isn’t as simple as it appears. We can’t possibly cover everything that needs to be considered, but here are a few things to keep in mind: Aside from the fact that they’re more expensive than standard cables, 4K options frequently only work in-room and are susceptible to obstructions such as cabinet doors or even people. Despite the near-ubiquitous nature of Wi-Fi, it isn’t as simple as it should be for multiple devices to connect wirelessly. If you’re thinking about doing this, do your homework first.

What’s up with AmazonBasics?

IN SEPTEMBER, a CNN report highlighted a number of Amazon’s products that had erupted into flames. Because the HDMI connection is low voltage, an HDMI cable alone is unlikely to cause a fire. It’s possible to transmit voltage over a copper cable, but the source, the display, or the lightning bolt could be the problem. Only one review of the AmazonBasics HDMI cable mentions fires out of 60,380 checks. However, the reviewer’s cable melted for unknown reasons, and there was no fire.

Our labs and homes have long used Monoprice AV cables, so we don’t believe the CNN report is cause for concern about the quality of AmazonBasics AV cables. However, if you are concerned, there are other options listed here.

Connected thoughts

For the best deal, make sure that the cable you’re considering is Premium Certified says it can perform 4K/60 or handle 18Gbps bandwidth. Amazon and Monoprice cables, for example, have excellent warranties.

Keep in mind that there are no “versions” of HDMI cables. As a result, there is no “HDMI 2.0” line available. In your TV, receiver, or soundbar, the version numbers reference the physical connections. To watch HDR content, your TV and Blu-ray player must both have HDMI 2.0, but the cable connecting them is irrelevant. It’s nothing more than a pipe.

You should be fine as long as the pipe has adequate “size,” i.e., bandwidth. Since HDMI 2.0 introduced the 18Gbps data transfer rate, any cable claiming to support it is almost certainly designed to handle the additional data that HDMI 2.0 connections can carry. 48Gbps is the maximum speed that the new Ultra High-Speed cables can deliver, but no current source can send that much data at the moment.

Finally, if you plan on running the cables through a wall, be sure to use HDMI cables designed for this application. Find out what HDMI specification you need to meet building codes in your area.

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