Looking to hook your DVD player, video game or new shiny HDTV? Connecting to HDMI is the only solution. But, with an array of HDMI cables differing in their length, speed, durability, utility, price, and resolutions, it often creates a confusion among people how to select the best one. You might want to have a glance at all and make the correct decision.

For that, go through the below mentioned brief about all the different HDMI cables:

Since its inception, the HDMI forum continues to update the HDMI specifications. Take a look at its evolution:

HDMI 1.0: this is the first version with a maximum bandwidth of 4.95 Gbps.

HDMI 1.1: an added version to support DVD audio

HDMI 1.2: one-bit audio format support added

HDMI 1.3: Enables high definition display with a bandwidth of 10.2 Gbps

HDMI 1.4: Enables 4K resolution up to 30fps with maximum bandwidth of 10.2 Gbps

HDMI 2.0: 4K resolution up to 60 fps with maximum bandwidth of 18 Gbps

HDMI 2.1: Rumors about this, being the best HDMI cable with a lot many features.

Let us have a look at all those features in detail and know the reason behind this HDMI to be the leading one.

Enhanced Bandwidth and Speed

HDMI cord 2.1 is highly flexible as it is compatible to every device due to its increased bandwidth resolution. It supports ultra-HD resolutions ranging from 4K at 120fps to 8K at 60 fps (Frames per second) to 10K for industrial and commercial applications.

With this big resolution too, you might think that it is not a big deal for TVs and projectors. As our eyes are already able to see maximum detailing. But, the addition of higher frame rates is great news for gamers. Moreover, the Hollywood directors are already looking to make the higher framerate content, work for homes and theatres too. Guess what? With this huge resolution, you might be able to watch the 2020 Olympic on 8K or 10K.

HDMI 2.1 Featuring eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel)

People often face problem with their home theaters when their audio and video must flow through an AVR and then to the television. Due to this, most of the consumers were in need to upgrade their system with new HDMI technologies. But now to everyone’s surprise, there is emergence of a fantastic new feature of HDMI 2.1 which is known as HDMI 2.1 eARC.

This removes the AVR from the video path thereby allowing you to directly connect your device to the television. Simultaneously you can play a full range of your audio and video formats. For example- if your 4K AVR has an eARC feature, it enables you to play high bitrate home theatre audio and video formats on 8K TV. But ensure your TV must also have an eARC feature. In short it means, you do not require to switch inputs, rather simply choose what you want to watch on TV and audio will play it.

Eradication of Synchronization Issues

How often do you face hassle in synchronizing your audio, video, and TV? For instance- you might get delay in video signals relative to the audio signal or vice versa and leads to an unmatched audio and video timing. This happens because the TV uses a heavy amount of processing and the audio system takes far less time than video system.

The new HDMI 2.1 removes this lip-syncing issue and make your television to speak in real time. And thereby ensures your audio and video are in perfect sync all the time.

High Dynamic Range

You will probably forget the SDR and Static HDR, if you see a true HDR. And what’s true HDR? It’s the Dynamic HDR. That gives a far more dramatic picture quality with an improved color and enhanced contrast effects.

You might have heard about this in Dolby’s version of HDR which is known to be superior to all other formats. The only hang up is that it is a proprietary technology and not every manufacturer or common men is interested in investing for it. Therefore, you can prefer HDMI cord 2.1 that brings dynamic performance even on standard TVs and other devices.

Enhanced Refresh Rates

This feature ensures a smooth and seamless motion transition in gaming, videos, and movies. Furthermore, the various categories include:

  • Variable Refresh Rates (VRR): This refresh rate is especially a gaming feature that reduces and even tries to eliminate lag, stutter, and frame tearing. And thereby produces a fluid and better detailed gameplay experience.
  • Quick Media Switching (QMS): Do you remember that blank black screen appearing when you switch on from one media to another like from gaming to movies? That will go away forever now. This QMS feature in the HDMI 2.1 eliminates the delay in the content display.
  • Quick Frame Transport (QFT): This feature helps in giving a no-lag gaming experience. And the HDMI cord will empower virtual reality to break to new levels thereby creating an interactive game.


The above information clearly demonstrates features of HDMI 2.1 and prove how it takes the HDMI lead. Now, make the best cable choice for hooking your computer, TV, DVD player, etc. Feel free to share information or ask doubts pertaining to HDMI cables.