In today’s world, HDMI cables have been an essential means of connecting two sets of devices. They are a primary way for you to connect your device to a TV or home theater system. Unlike older data transfer models like RCA or composite cables, HDMI cables are a single connecting wire between devices that pass audio, video, and limited control signals. Some types of devices that may support HDMI connectivity are TVs, Video Projectors, PCs, Game consoles, Cable/Satellite boxes, Home theater receivers, and lots more.
HDMI Cable Prices in Kenya
- High-Speed Ethernet cable: Ksh 396 to Ksh 799.
- High-speed HDMI cable: Ksh 199 to Ksh 689
- Premium high-speed cables: Ksh 197 to Ksh 1,523
- Ultra High-Speed cable: Ksh 700 to Ksh 1,600
- HDMI to HDMI cable from 1.5m to 30m: Ksh 210 to Ksh2,850
HDMI Cable Types
HDMI cables differ in several ways that most people fail to note. They provide different capabilities depending on their version and signal transfer speed (bandwidth).
- Standard HDMI Cable
These types of HDMI cables are structured for common HDTV broadcast, satellite TV (up to 720p and 1080i) having a bandwidth capacity of up to 5 Gbps. These cables are optimized for HDMI versions 1.0 to 1.2a.
- Standard Automotive HDMI Cable
These are similar to the standard HDMI cables but differ in use and application. These are used to connect in-car DVD players and any other device to an in-car video display.
- High-Speed HDMI Cable
This is like the elder brother to the standard HDMI cables. Designed to handle higher video resolutions of 1080p and 4k formats, also supporting 3D and deep color. Having optimizations for HDMI version 1.3 to 1.4a, it sports a bandwidth transfer speed of up to 10 Gbps.
- High-Speed Automotive HDMI Cable
This cable is basically the same as the high-speed HDMI cables. The difference between these cables is the automotive optimization function.
- Premium High-Speed HDMI Cable
The use of this cable is for the transfer of 4k/UltraHD resolution video, which includes 4K/60 Hz, HDR, and expanded color range. Supporting up to 18 Gbps with an optimized configuration for HDMI version 2.0/a/b.
- Ultra High-Speed HDMI Cable
These cables are not your regular used cables; they have support for 8K videos with HDR. Sporting an HDMI version 2.1 support with a high 48 Gbps bandwidth. However, it is less susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
- Ethernet Built-in HDMI Cables
For this type of cable, it is simply all the previous types but with an additional HDMI ethernet channel (HEC). Ethernet powered HDMI cables give a broadband router having speeds at 100 Mb/s.
HDMI Connector Types
As there are different HDMI cables, there are also different end-connectors for HDMI cables. However, presently there are four types, and they depend on the application of use.
- Regular size (Type A)
This type of connector type is usually connected to devices such as DVD/Blu-ray, computer, steamer, and home theater quality.
- Mini size (Type c)
These connector types are used on standard-sized tablets or DSLR cameras. The mini side plugs into the tablet or camera, while the standard-sized end plugs into a TV.
- Micro size (Type D)
This is used on smaller devices like digital cameras and smaller tablets. With a micro-size end on one side and a standard-sized end on the other side.
- Automotive (Type E)
These are a special type of connectors for automotive
HDMI Cable: Buying Tips
- Always purchase the right cable length. An overly long cable is unneeded and more expensive. Buy only the right length you need.
- Purchase HDMI cables having the right connectors for your devices.
- If you must buy cables having 4K support capabilities, ensure you buy cables with premium rated speeds.
- Never overpay for any HDMI cable.