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HDMI cable appearances

I have several assorted HDMI cables! One of which is a 1.4 version "ha but which one?" That's the $64,000.00 question.
Can any one tell purely from looking i.e. is there any form of identification as to the version number printed on some obscure part of the cable.
As I am having difficulties with sound on my HT just substituting cables (which is the obvious choice) is not entirely practical.
Any (helpful) advice would be really appreciated.

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I agreed.

Confusing isn't it?

My understanding is that both the devices has to be 1.4 compatible...are they? Otherwise external audio connection is need.

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HDMI cable appearances

Do you have a 3D display? Do your devices have Audio Return Channel (ARC)? If not, I wouldn't worry about 1.4. 1.3 and 1.4 can have the same max throughput (manufacters call then "high speed") but I believe there are some 1.3 and 1.4 cables that are not "high speed"
Version 1.3 and higher are required to be backward compatible (like USB 3.0 must be compatible with prior versions) with devices.
Since switching cables is a good trouble shooting step but not practical for you, and without knowing exactly what audio difficulties you've encountered, I can't try to be any more helpful.

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HDMI cable identification

3coursedinner,
Thanks 4 your comments. The system in question is a bundled 3D Panasonic Home Theatre package. The audio problems were lack of any audio sourced from my Foxtel STB after rearranging cabling at the rear of the system.. Prior to this I had run separate audio cables back to the AV/Blu Ray player in order to use the built-in amp. rather than the TV's speakers and amplifier. Removing these cables and replacing with the ARC enabled HDMI cable seemed to result in loss of audio. To cut a long story short I mixed up the new cable with other HDMI cables in my vast array of cables.
Since posting the query and sleeping on the problem (I live in Western Australia) early this morning 2 things have emerged.
1 ...The Foxtel STB is not outputting audio from either the connected A/V sockets nor from (just tested) the SCART socket! Just my luck.
2...Very close inspection of the entire currently fitted HDMI cable sheath revealed that the cable has Ethernet capabilities so by inference it must be a ARC enabled (V 1.4 spec.)

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ARC does *not* require 1.4

FWIW, 1.3 will suffice. Both devices however must be ARC compliaint. Hint: you can look this stuff up right at the source Wink

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