As soon as you start researching the different types of HDMI cables and their functions, you are likely to be overwhelmed with huge amounts of technical information. This can be difficult to understand, so let’s take a look at the different versions of HDMI cables in brief. This should help you choose the right HDMI cable for you.

Version 1.0

This is the first version of HDMI cables ever released. It allows the transfer of both standard and HD video, at a maximum speed of 4.9 Gb per second.

Version 1.1

This is similar to version 1.0, but it offers support for DVD Audio.

Version 1.2/1.2a

These versions include added support for Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) and the One Bit Audio format.

Version 1.3

HDMI 1.3 cables offer improved colour depths, such as support for Deep Colour, along with Lip Sync, and increased bandwidth (10.2 Gb per second). This version also has support for high-definition DTS-HS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.

Version 1.4

The newest version available, HDMI 1.4 cables offer support for increased resolutions and 3D TV signals, as well as an Audio Return Channel (ARC) and an Ethernet channel.