The market for HDMI cables is flooded with millions of options, bundling a myriad of specifications, and it's quite easy to get confused. If you have a quality HDMI cable, the chances are that the same cable will work just fine. However, if you still want to buy a robust HDMI cable for your 4K UHD TV, you have come to the right place.
Dealing with HDMI cables can be baffling since it has a couple of standards and specifications. But let us face it. A beautiful and expensive cable that renders a poor picture quality is as good as no cable.
Hence, one of the first things that you should probably check when buying HDMI cables is whether they can carry over 4K content. And that's where HDMI 2.0 cables come into the picture. These cables transmit 4K content at 60Hz and the newer iterations carry HDR and HDCP 2.2 support. Plus, with bandwidth support of up to 18Gbps, you can skip adding a separate ethernet cable to the mix.
Generally, HDMI cables can render 4K at either 30Hz or 60Hz. Hence, you better to read the fine prints carefully, as they might not be able to handle 4K content of streaming devices. But the good news is that premium high-speed cables support 4K videos at 60Hz and some can even support 8K content.
Read on to find some of our best recommendations for the HDMI Cables for 4K UHD TVs.
Disclaimer: If an HDMI cable doesn't work as expected, it's best to return it as quickly as possible to get a replacement.
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1. AmazonBasics Nylon-Braided 4K HDMI Cable
Available Lengths: 3 ft, 6ft, 10ft, 15ft and 25ft.
Supports: HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), 3D video, 4K video, and Audio Return Channel (ARC)
The AmazonBasics Nylon-Braided 4K HDMI Cables are good for the basic job and sturdy. These HDMI cables work as expected by transmitting 4K signals at 60Hz. For your basic connectivity options, they are super affordable and cost less than $10 for a 6-foot long cable. The nylon braiding makes them durable, and they can handle more than just regular wear and tear.
The good thing is that despite not having any HDMI certification, these cables render pretty decent picture quality. Apart from working for 4K TVs, these cables are also compatible with devices such as Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, and gaming consoles like PS4 and Xbox.
However, the nylon braiding also comes at a cost. Apart from making the cables a tad hefty, the nylon sheathing makes it difficult to bend and manage the cables. And the issue further increases when you have to deal with a lot of cables.
2. Monoprice 124188 High Speed HDMI Cable
Available Lengths: 1ft, 3ft, 4ft, 5ft, 6ft and 8ft.
Supports: HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), Audio Return Channel, 3D video and Multi-View video
When it comes to low-cost, value-for-money HDMI cables, Monoprice has earned quite a good name for itself for its quality and customer support. These high-speed HDMI cables support the latest HDMI standards and can transmit 4K UHD content at 60Hz. The cables are super slim, and their flexibility should make cable management easy.
Monoprice offers cables of varying lengths and you can take your pick between 1-feet to 8-feet depending on your requirement. At the same time, you can also choose to get more than one cable in a pack.
Furthermore, these cables are super durable and render great picture quality. So far, they have been rated 4.6-stars out of 5, with more than 80% positive reviews on Amazon.
Though these are HDMI 2.0 cables, they do not support the new dynamic formats like Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Many users have complained about the screen going blank or stuttering when they run Dolby Vision content. So, if you plan to watch Dolby Vision content on your AppleTV 4K, then these cables won't suffice.
3. UGreen Right-angle HDMI Cord
Available Lengths: 6ft, 10ft
Supports: 3D video, HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), 48-Bit Deep Color and Audio Return Channel (ARC), HDCP compliant
What sets the UGreen Right-angle HDMI Cord apart from the rest is its angular connector. These connectors come in handy if you have a wall-mounted TV with limited space between the TV and the wall. Also, the cable sports a flat look, which gives it a cleaner to and you can bundle it with other cables easily across the floor.
Naturally, it adheres to the latest HDMI 2.0 standards and can transmit 4K at 60Hz.
Most of the reviews for this product have been on the positive side, with users liking it for its durability and value-for-money proposition. More importantly, it works as advertised and renders quality pictures. One user writes, "I have used my Apple 4K TV box, Nvidia Shield, Xbox One S, and PC with no issues."
Unlike other HDMI cables, this cable doesn't come in varying lengths. Instead, there are just two options to choose from — 6 feet and 10 feet.
With a braided exterior, the Atevon HDMI cables promise not only high speed but also brings durability to the table. These are high-speed HDMI cables meaning it supports UHD up to 60Hz and is backward compatible with previous HDMI standards.
As noted earlier, these cables have a solid build, and several reviews have backed that. The support for Dolby Vision sweetens the deal. "Got the cable and hooked it up to the Apple TV. Works great and activates the Dolby Vision properly through to the TV," writes one user.
If we talk numbers, they have more than twenty-five hundred reviews to its credit, and the best part is that more than 84% of these reviews are 5-star ratings.
The above product comes in a length of 6 feet.
5. Club3D HDMI 2.0 Premium Certified High Speed
Available Lengths: 3.28ft, 9.84ft, 16.4ft, and 32.8ft
Supports: HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), HDR, audio, and data streams.
With more than three different lengths between 1 meter and 10 meters, the Club3D HDMI 2.0 Cables are the next items on our list. It supports HDMI 2.0 and can effectively carry 4K signals as advertised. The manufacturer also promises that the cable delivers 18Gbps bandwidth, which makes them ideal for both 4K TV owners and gamers.
Do note that the HDMI connector measures around 1.5-inches in length. So, if you have a tight space between the TV and the wall, you might face some issue in bending and routing the rest of the cable.
Other than that, it promises both robustness and durability, thanks to its braided sheathing. These premium cable has had its good share or reviews. At the time of writing, it had a rating of 4.4-stars out of 5 on Amazon.
One reviewer sums up his experience, "I purchased some other cheap HDMI cables and after 1 month my monitor kept dropping signal randomly. Replaced with this and it's working great, now all 3 of my monitors are running Club3D cables."
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6. Cable Matters 3-Pack High Speed HDMI Cable
Available Lengths: 3ft, 6ft, 10ft, and 15ft
Supports: Audio Return Channel (ARC), HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), 48 Bit Deep Color, 32 channel audio, HDCP, and 3D video
The Cable Matters HDMI cables are a trio of sharp-looking cables that boasts of solid construction and prove to be a good match for your 4K UHD TV. The color-coded cable connectors mean that it's easy to differentiate between them, especially if you have a slew of HDMI sources. In short, it will make for easy cable management and save you from the hassles of color-coding them.
Yep, it comes in a three cable pack, and it can support HDMI 2.1 products as well. It offers a selection with varying lengths between 3 and 15 feet, leaving it up to you if you want dangling cables or want to keep it to a bare minimum. Apart from that, it ships with other 'usuals' such as gold-plated connectors to prevent corrosion and copper conductors.
Reviewers are happy with their purchases. Out of the twenty-five hundred reviews on Amazon, these have attracted a fair number of positive reviews. They are primarily by gamers and video enthusiasts who vouch that the cables do their work as advertised.
7. Monoprice 115428 Certified Premium HDMI Cable
Available Lengths: 3ft, 6ft, 10ft, 15ft, 20ft, 25ft, 30ft
Supports: Consumer Electronics Control (CEC ) commands and functions, HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), and the Audio return channel features.
If you are looking to buy a really long but affordable cable, the Monoprice 115428 is your best bet. These cables are guaranteed to work with 4K HDR videos and can carry 4K signals at 60Hz with perfect clarity. Compared to some of its peers above, they are a tad less expressive, and a single cable of 6ft is priced less than $7. They are available in several incremental lengths and packages. Depending on your requirement, you can pick any cable between 3 feet to 30 feet.
Monoprice cables have decent reviews on Amazon, and this one is no different. This particular model has more than fifteen hundred reviews to its credit on Amazon.
The build quality is solid. However, the thickness of the cables pose makes them a tad difficult to bend.
If you are looking for a slimmer version, check out the company's Ultra Slim Certified Premium High Speed HDMI Cable.
With 4K content becoming the norm these days, it's high time you switch to an HDMI cable, which can seamlessly play the content. The good thing about HDMI cables is that they needn't be expensive to deliver you the best quality. That said, the most expensive ones will tickle your fancy if you like to dress up your cables and plan to use them professionally. Otherwise, the recommendations on this list are good enough to get the ball rolling for your gear.
So, which one of these will you pick?
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