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HDMI 1.3 vs 1.4

by michael_thomas2 / February 22, 2010 10:46 AM PST

I've read up on the difference and I'm wondering which HDMI cable would be best for me. The price is similar at, so I want to know if one is better for me than the other.

I just purchased a Samsung UN46B6000 - LEDLCD, 120hz. I will be running my digital cable box through it (Fios) and an eventual BluRay Player.

Is there an advantage of 1.4 over 1.3? Will my setup work with either cable equally well? Will 1.4 work at all on my set?


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Unless your TV is HDMI 1.4 compliant its a waste.
by minimalist / February 22, 2010 11:45 AM PST
In reply to: HDMI 1.3 vs 1.4

They are backwards compatible but you won;t get the benifits of 1.4 unless your Tv and blu-ray player support it. Given that many upcoming 3d blu-ray players will continue to use HDMI 1.3 I wouldn't worry about it.

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by michael_thomas2 / February 22, 2010 8:59 PM PST

Thanks for the quick reply. Since 1.4 is backwards compatible to 1.3 and since the price is almost identical, I'm leaning towards just getting the 1.4's.

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(NT) Why?
by Coryphaeus / February 22, 2010 9:37 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks
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The person doesn't have a hdmi cable and...
by ahtoi / February 23, 2010 1:38 AM PST
In reply to: Why?

got to get one? hehe.

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His mistake is typical . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 23, 2010 3:25 AM PST

99% of consumers don't understand digital, so the bigger number must be better. I see he's dropped to 1.3. Still over kill, what what can you say?

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Crazy advice!
by bpl5000 / November 27, 2010 9:44 PM PST

Coryphasus, that is crazy advice! If he can get a 1.4 HDMI cable for about the same price, then of course he should do so. This way, if he someday upgrades his device to one that supports ethernet, then he has the capability to utilize it (unless he listens to you and purchases the 1.3 version). Why not go for "over kill" (which is really one word, not two... overkill) if the price is nearly the same? And by the way, this is a rhetorical question.

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Crazy Advice bpi5000
by navajosnow / February 8, 2012 11:22 AM PST
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Its okay to disagree friend, but being disagreeable? Not so much.

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Unless you plan on replacing your TV anytime soon I wouldn't
by minimalist / February 22, 2010 9:49 PM PST
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by michael_thomas2 / February 23, 2010 1:46 AM PST

I'll go with the 1.3's. I use HDMI for my other TV (Samsung Plasma) and I'm impressed with the quality, but I suspect that they're 1.3 or lower.

Thanks for everyone's help.

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Go for the 1.4!
by FiOS-Dave / February 26, 2010 9:35 AM PST
In reply to: HDMI 1.3 vs 1.4

1.4 has Ethernet, Audio Return and either 2x or 4x resolution, depending on bit rate.
If the price is similar, you should go for the latest version. This will allow you to keep that cable if and when you upgtade your equipment in the future.


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High Speed or High Speed with Ethernet
by Mediabridge / July 27, 2010 7:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Go for the 1.4!

Hello from Mediabridge Products,

We are a manufacturer and retailer of HDMI cables. There is much confusion in the market right now among consumers and retailers about the new HDMI spec. Cable companies are actually forbidden ( by HDMI to reference version numbers in any manner of marketing or advertising their cables.

We make both High Speed HDMI Cables and High Speed HDMI Cables with Ethernet. Both are compatible with 3D, 4k and Audio Return Channel. High Speed HDMI Cables did not change in the new spec. The new spec created the new cable ?High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet?, but that cable is not necessary for 3D, 4K, or Audio Return Channel.

We?d be happy to explain more if you like. You can give us a call or shoot us an email: 856-216-8222 or Also, here is a link to the HDMI website 1.4 FAQ to explain a little further as well.

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