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Choosing the HDMI Cable That's Right for You

HDMI-compatible devices and cables have continued to lead the way in home media innovation. They do just what they were intended to—simplify home theatre set-up and render your media as stunningly realistic and beautiful as it should be. With each version, a single cable is able to carry more video and audio data at increasingly higher speeds and higher quality.

Manhattan closely follows the newest and broadest trends in connectivity solutions to best suit your needs. We offer high-speed (up to 18 Gbps), Ethernet-ready HDMI cables, which fully accommodate 4k resolution (the newest available display that's roughly four times that of the previous 1080p resolution). They're backward compatible with all older resolutions like 480p, 576p, and 720p. Being equipped with Ethernet means they can send and receive an Internet signal to or from an Internet-ready device. Of course, many devices today are equipped with wireless adapters, but in case yours aren't, we have you covered.

Other important considerations for your HDMI-to-media setup are:

cable length
A general rule of thumb is that the shorter the distance a signal has to travel, the better it's usually received. While some HDMI cables can extend upwards of 150 feet, you may encounter some resistance in the form of delayed signal and screen sparkles, which affect the audio and/or video experience. If it's necessary to combine your cables and achieve a further connected distance, our active and passive connectors will accomplish this and retain quality.

cable gauge
Similarly, the gauge of the cable—what you'll see in the "specifications" section as AWG—is crucial to representing your media as best as possible. Cables with a lower AWG use thicker wire to provide greater "bandwidth" and can send more data through them than thinner ones (i.e., those with a higher AWG). The exception to this rule is Redmere or other active cables (those with a chip built in) or ultra slim cables, which can use thinner wire made for easier bending and flexibility around corners without losing signal quality.

in-wall and out-of-wall cables
Finally, if you want to run your cable inside a wall to hide it or to connect two rooms in the house, our CL3-rated, in-wall, fire-resistant cables are the solution for you. If you don't plan to have the cable in-wall, any of our wide selection of HDMI cables will work just fine for out-of-wall placement.

As a reminder, all Manhattan cables are individually tested to ensure the highest functional and physical quality. If a reliable, secure connection to your device is what you're after, Manhattan just made your life easier.
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