One of the best HDMI cable?


Could any member enlighten me on some of the outstanding HDMI cables? Thanks.
hunlaohun
Audioquest Diamond would be a good choice. If the price is too high, Purist and Crystal Cable are also very good.
 
How about Wireworld and Golden sound HDMI cables? Thanks.
I have been using Wireworld Starlight with my Sony 4K TV and Oppo UDP-203. No issues with 4K handshake and PQ/AQ is the very best. The cable comes with locking plugs for very secure connection.  

They are not cheap but one of the very few certified 4K spec cables available today. 

Some may suggest that almost all HDMI cables are Made in China and rest is all marketing gimmick. I suggest you to buy couple of brands and let your ears and eyes guide you on the very best cable in your setup. 
Another +vote for Wireworld.
Wireworld patinum 7.   For the money, if you are looking for clear and crisp pixs, audio quest volka is outstanding.  
I use the Wireworld Silver Starlight 5.2 HDMI. It is only bettered by the Platinum model.
Has someone ever tried Golden Sound Master HDMI cable? Thanks.
Wireworld is fabulous....even the less expensive ones are better than most.
DH Labs Silver Premium is affordable, and good to 1440p, which isn't even in use yet. I was told they exceed 2.0 spec, are 4k compatible and handle 18gb/384mhz.
Here's a good one https://www.amazon.com/DTECH-Unique-Transparent-Ribbon-Design/dp/B01GRF321K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&q...
I like the inexpensive powered HDMI cables from Monoprice - Redmere? May have the name wrong.

I paid $xxxx for an HDMI cable with magic wire from a dealer for my universal player to my flatscreen The thing wouldn't even pass a signal. I used the stock cable that was too short and it did fine. I returned the megabucks cable and the dealer told me my player firmware was bad, and so on. He gave me another one to try. Nope.

As I understand it all other things being equal the key condition is that all of the "bits" in parallel get there at the same time. This is analogous to copper and fiber "repeaters" on the phone network and internet. The Redmere uses power/and a chip to achieve this. With an 18MHz bandwidth all the bits had better get there at the same time for a lustrous picture. One doesn't need expensive gold or silver wire for a digital signal. Save your money - try a Redmere.

Sorry 18Gb/s not 18 MHz.
I used to use the Redmere cable for my plasma TV, and it's very good (especially for the money). On the advice of a fellow Audiogon member, I tried an HDMI cable from ApolloAV. (the 1.4 version not the 2.)  that is silver plated copper and sells for $20.00. It bested the Redmere very noticeably. A good friend  recently sent me the link above for the D Tech cable and said it was even better than the Apollo. I bought one and he was correct. Try one. It's a no brainer for the money.
goby,
Good news? How long a run are the HDMI cables you are using? I don't think the Redmere or the new Monoprice fibre optic HDMI cables come into their own until 25" or more. In fact I think the fibre optics start at 100' plus!  
I don't work for MP!

I use a 33 foot Redmere for my video processor to projector run.  I had to do this because another 23awg Beldon cable wasn't working.  Though, I don't know about using Redmere for short run or audio purposes.

That being said, I recently discovered that a lower cost Beldon cable was not performing properly.  A 5 foot Beldon Series FE cable that is supposed to be "Premium certified" to support 4K and 18Gbps bandwidth was actually smearing the sound when just using 1080p resolution and normal old compressed dolby digital.  I'm was originally using this Neotech cable:

http://audiosensibility.com/blog/products-2/digital-cables-occ-copper-and-occ-silver/#!/Neotech-NEHH-4200-HDMI-1-4-Cable/p/17895256/category=4059160

I went back to using this and it removed all the smeared audio effect.  Audio was crystal clear using this cable.  It's only just a "HDMI 1.4" certified cable, but it still is sonically superior to the Beldon.

One thing I have figured out here is that silver/silver-plated makes a significant difference for digital/hdmi cables.  The Wire World stuff may be better than my Neotech, but I haven't felt a need to go that direction yet.

I have just ordered Mediabridge HDMI Cable from amazon for my new Apple TV 4k after going through these few recommendations https://www.indabaa.com/best-hdmi-cables-apple-tv-4k/
I faced the same questions about 5 years ago when I tried a Mapleshade ViviLink cable for about $165.  I had a couple of PS-Audio's I2s all-silver HDMI cables that retailed for around $1k/meter and it was no contest.  I recently moved and needed to combine my HT and stereo systems in one room.  The main HDMI cable is the run from LG OLED tv to the Yamaha receiver that is in place as a DAC and HDMI switching role.  I also have one to connect an OPPO 95 dedicated to Blue rays.  The rest of the system is far more refined since the last time I tested these HDMIs against each other.  

Mapleshade's wires are a little flimsy and are VERY directional, but they are still the best I have seen in my own system.


Belden=sending all the right signals.
They count more real engineers than all the high-end wanabees combined.  They have theor products used in the most demanding applications... Tv studios, live concerts, recording studios, you name it, and if they were bad, we would see and hear it.
For 4k the quality of hdmi does matter: http://archimago.blogspot.nl/2017/01/quickie-post-yes-cables-matters-for.html
Don't look now, but there is a new and improved HDMI cable that is 2.1 !   If you care to, you can  read an article from Dec. 4, 2017 from TechHive entitled "2.1 HDMI specs and features : Everything you need to know."
I have been through a dozen high end HDMI cables, purely for Videophile useage, not audio. Most made no difference. Some expensive cables were worse than stock (Chord HDMI Active, i'm looking at you).

But the best was the Mapleshade Vivlink 2 with Plus Upgrade. And its affordable. Only negative is Mapleshades usual ridiculous construction technique, but that is a necessary part of their performance.
It really depends on cable length. For 3-6 feet any decent cable will do. For lengthier ultra HDMI certified (Blue Jeans and others mentioned) will be more solid choice. But from 20 feet and up - no copper wire will push "full 4K resolution", ie. 18Gbps. Only newest active fiber optics cable would work without Metra Gigabit Accelerator
I changed 2 monoprice Redmere and Audioquest Forest cables before I finally got full 4K to my projector via 50 feet HDMI - RUIPRO HDMI Fiber Cable. For more information -avsforum has huge thread dedicated to tests of HDMI cables throughput, guys did an amazing job measuring and comparing, an absolute impossibility in audiophile world.
yes, Belden - get one that is certified for high speed and don't waste $$ on things that don't work

what you may need tho is outstanding HDMI interface - read the white papers for the new Oppo 205 and it's carefully engineered HDMI interface
For Audio, DEFINITELY, Purist Audio Design HDMI.They have a Smooth, Full detailed sound without any brightness or harshness.You cannot go wrong with the Purist
HDMI Technical Specifications
Design Goals:-------------------------------------ULTRA High performance to cost ratio
Conductor:-----------------------------------------Single crystal copper
Shielding Level:----------------------------------Triple
Gauge:----------------------------------------------24 AWG
Bandwidth:-----------------------------------------340 Mhz (10.2 Gbps)
HDMI Certified:-----------------------------------Yes
HDMI Spec:----------------------------------------1.4 High Speed HDMI
Compliant with all versions of HDMI:--------Yes
CE Compliant:-------------------------------------Yes
Material Treatment:-------------------------------Triple (3x) Cryomag
Overall Diameter:----------------------------------10 mm
CL2 (In-WAll):---------------------------------------Yes
Supports TrueHD & DTS-HD:-------------------Yes
Supports SACD:------------------------------------Yes
Supports DVD Audio:------------------------------Yes
I just bought a previously owned Audioquest Carbon HDMI Cable, 5% silver connectors and controlled for directionality, very high on my list of priorities. 
I bought an Audioquest Carbon 1 meter HDMI for going from my AVR to TV and I can't tell any difference in the picture from the basic cable.
I’m starting to get a bad feeling. 
I use any HDMI cable that is premium certified, as indicated by the logo:

https://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/premiumcable/faq.aspx


bjc belden series-FE HDMI cables are premium certified.  A bargain.
@chrisr - only until 15 feet I believe
True.. you would have to step up to the series-1 for longer runs, which is significantly more expensive and thicker.
DH Labs great sounding cable at a fair price get one soon.
@chrisr and even then after 25 feet no 18Gbps signal is passed, and they state it as well.
25ft, as good as the very best costing $100 a foot and more!
Not bad at all for the money, and made in US.
Irrespective of HDMI cable I’ve used over the past few years, what’s taken my Samsung F8000 HDTV’s picture to a much higher level of sharpness, color presentation, etc., and gotten many compliments, including from the cable guys, is the Jensen VRD-1FF CATV isolator - http://www.jensen-transformers.com/product/vrd-1ff/. It installs before the cable box.
Watching Lawrence of Arabia on my new LG Smart TV using the Audioquest Carbon HDMI cable I mentioned earlier. You know, one of the ones controlled for directionality. Spectacular color, very film like. And this is just the exclusive limited edition DVD. 😛
I own 3 AQ Diamond hdmi cables, and they are great. But.........this year there will come a new hdmi cable of AQ and is called Dragon. They said to me it outperformed the Diamond with ease. They will send me a demo soon. I am very curious about it. The material is totally different, optical fiber.
@highstream   Have you tried your cable box isolator with OTA signals? Wondering if you have and whether there is any upside? Thanks.
CATV isolators almost a must - cable and dish companies often use separate grounding (as well as roof OTA antenna) for safety reasons, and as result unavoidable ground loops and hum of various degree. So I would install it no matter what. The only issue is dish, powered by receiver - then you will have to install separate power supply for your antenna, as isolator will break low volt signal coming from receiver to dish. Satellite service provider installed separate power for me for free by my request.
I have another observation - most UHD players and even OPPO 105 have separate outputs for HDMI video 4K and audio. In theory it is done to support older receivers/processors, which do not have 4K pass-through. In practice it has a lot of other applications and implications, but in my experience separating audio signal (it does send video as well, but  lower resolution) from video yealds a touch better sound for concert disks, May be it is a placebo effect, dunno,
I have just now found few good quality HDMI cables and ordered amazon High-Speed HDMI Cable. The cable is capable to support bandwidth up to 18Gbps.
I have excellent results with the Audioquest Carbon HDMI Cable, one of their newer HDMI cables controlled for directionality and with silver content in the connectors. I am using the Carbon with my new LG HDTV and LG Blu Ray player. Spectacular picture. I am also using contact enhancer on the pins and ground.
...one of their newer HDMI cables controlled for directionality...
Have you tried one direction or the other to see/hear for differences? If so, please report back your findings. Thanks.
Yuk, yuk! 🤡 

You might consider looking around for some new material. That one’s been used for power cords that are controlled for directionality already.
The monoprice hdmi cables that were supposed to pass 4K HDR were causing the video to drop out periodically. They worked fine on 1080p but not 4K. Switched to Nordost Heimdall 4K and now have no problem.  These were 3m cables.

Has anyone tried a FIBBR Ultra Pro optic HDMI cable? Probably the best out there...

Adrian

I purchased, and then returned a set of Mapleshade Plus HDMI and digital  coax about a year ago.  The connector fit was extremely loose on the HDMI and caused digital boxes to form in a scene displaying a treeline, where my other HDMIs did not.  There was obvious fuzziness in certain spots of various scenes.  The digital coax was the exact opposite.  Its fit was FAR too tight, and it transmitted no signal.   Again, where my other coaxs had no issue.  Obvious quality controls issues at Mapleshade.  I did keep their  Clearview double helix plus speaker wire and antistatic brush, which have both been excellent at  their price point.  I reverted to the MC Ultra black HDMI,  which is no joke excellent, but I could not recommend at their retail price.   Bought them cheap at auction.
Awhile back, I mentioned the Jensen CATV filter. I had a pair of Mapleshade Vivilink 2+ at the time and initially had problems using them with the Oppo 203. At the time, I and those on the Oppo owners forum thought it a 1.4 vs. 2.0 problem. I don’t know if firmware updates or changing cable boxes fixed it, but by the time I got them back from Mapleshade, they worked. That led me to compare them with decent store bought and Monoprice cables, and I couldn’t see a difference. That’s testament to the Jensen filter (I wouldn’t think it applies to OTA, but don’t know). That’s video only. The best audio I’ve heard from both cable TV and Oppo, both via a DirectStream dac, are the silver cables formerly sold by PS Audio.

(Suggestion to Mapleshade owners: If something needs return for technical support, ignore what it says on their website and always send it through the main location, not directly to Pierre S. That way it’s recorded in their system and they feel responsible. I didn’t, and had to threaten to go to the MD Attorney General to get the main office’s full attention and my cables back from Pierre seven months later.)
Funny.... I was watching a comparison of some $1000 Wired world HDMI cable and a cable that came in the box with some other piece of gear and the guy couldn't find ANY difference in performance piping graphics off his computer to his display at the fastest refresh rates and highest resolutions. Linus Tech Tips. Go watch it and save!
Case solved. There are no differences between cables! Horray! Break out the campaigne! 🥂 Many thanks to costco_emoji. (We won’t talk about other tests where there were huge differences.)