Essential HDMI Buying List

When installing any audio visual equipment incorporating HDMI, there can be a variety of of items that might be needed.

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HDMI - the basics     HDMI versions     HDMI connectors     Pinout / pin connections     HDMI cables     USB C to HDMI     HDMI & DVI     HDMI switch, splitter & matrix - the differences     HDMI extenders     HDMI repeaters     Essential HDMI products    

HDMI is now the standard method for interconnecting a variety of items of video equipment: televisions, recorders, audio, computer displays or monitors and much more.

Associated with this, there are many HDMI items that may be needed from HDMI cable and connectors to HDMI splitters, HDMI hubs, HDMI extenders, HDMI switches and many more.

We have put together a list of HFDMI items that might be useful. Browse though them, and link through onto Amazon. You can always link though to Amazon from one of our links and then search for exactly what you want.Electronics Notes receives a small commission from Amazon from any sales that are made though the site.

HDMI cables

One of the most commonly used items that are needed for any HDMI installation are the HDMI cables. As they are not often supplied with any equipment, they will often be needed whan anything new is added or when a new A/V system is set up whether for home of commercial use. Even computer monitors often use HDMI and need cables.

HDMI cables

There are several versions of HDMI, each providing additional capabilities. Some older cables may not support all the functionality of the latest versions and equipment. That said, many standard installations will operate very satisfactorily on older cables that only support the older HDMI versions. Check that the cable you buy supports the features you want.

Here we provide a selection of HDMI various cables.

List of HDMI Cables to Buy on Amazon
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AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable, 3 Feet, 1-Pack
4K HDMI Cable 6.6 ft, iVANKY High Speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 Cable, 4K HDR, 3D, 2160P, 1080P, Ethernet - Braided HDMI Cord 32AWG, Audio Return(ARC) Compatible UHD TV, Blu-ray, PC, Projector
PowerBear 4K HDMI Cable 10 ft | High Speed, Braided Nylon & Gold Connectors, 4K @ 60Hz, Ultra HD, 2K, 1080P, Dolby & ARC Compatible | for Laptop, Monitor, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Fire TV, Apple TV & More
PowerBear 4K HDMI Cable 3 ft [2 Pack] High Speed, Braided Nylon & Gold Connectors, 4K @ 60Hz, Ultra HD, 2K, 1080P, Dolby Compatible | for Laptop, Monitor, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Fire TV, Apple TV & More

USB-C to HDMI cables

With many laptops using USB as the standard means of interfacing to them, it is often necessary to have cables that provide USB C connectivity for the computer and HDMI for the monitor or in some cases a television.

List of HDMI to USB-C Cables to Buy on Amazon
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USB C to HDMI Cable for Home Office, Vention USB Type-c to HDMI Cable [Thunderbolt 3 Compatible] for MacBook Pro 2020/2019, MacBook Air/iPad Pro 2020, Surface Book 2,and More(3FT) 6ft (2m) USB C to HDMI Cable - 4K 60Hz USB Type C to HDMI 2.0 Video Adapter Cable - Thunderbolt 3 Compatible - Laptop to HDMI Monitor/Display - DP 1.2 Alt Mode HBR2 - Black (CDP2HD2MBNL)
iVANKY USB C to HDMI Cable, [2020 Updated Version] 4K@60Hz Nylon Braided Cable, Type C [Thunderbolt 3 Compatible] to HDMI, for MacBook Pro/Air, iPad, Surface Book, Samsung Galaxy and More - 6.6ft, 2M
Cable Matters Long USB C to DisplayPort Cable (USB-C to DisplayPort Cable, USB C to DP Cable) Supporting 8K 60Hz in Black 10 ft - Thunderbolt 3 Port Compatible with MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13 and More

HDMI Switches, splitters & matrixes

An HDMI switch enables a single display, monitor, etc to be driven by two different sources, switching between one or the other.

HDMI Switches

List of HDMI Switches to Buy on Amazon
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HDMI Switch 4K HDMI Splitter-Techole Aluminum Bi-Directional HDMI Switcher 2 Input 1 Output, HDMI Switch Splitter 2 x 1/1 x 2. No External Power Required, Support 4K 3D HD 1080P for Xbox PS4 Roku HDTV
HDMI Switch SGEYR 5x1 HDMI Switcher 5 in 1 Out HDMI Switch Selector 5 Port Box with IR Remote Control HDMI 1.4 HDCP 1.4 Support 4K@30Hz Ultra HD 3D 2160P 1080P

HDMI Splitters

HDMI splitters are used in a variety of applications where it may be necessary to drive two HDMI displays, monitors, etc from a single source. These HDMI splitters are compact and easy to use, and also low cost which can be an advantage in many situations.

List of HDMI Splitters to Buy on Amazon
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avedio links HDMI Splitter 1 in 2 Out, 4K HDMI Splitter for Dual Monitors Duplicate/Mirror Only, 1x2 HDMI Splitter 1 to 2 Amplifier for Full HD 1080P 3D with HDMI Cable (1 Source onto 2 Displays)
HDMI Cable 1080P Male to Dual HDMI Female,Multimedia Interface HDMI Splitter Adapter 1 to 2 Way for HDMI HD, LED, LCD, TV

HDMI Matrixes

HDMI matrixes are in essence a combination of an HDMI switch and a splitter. It allows the connection of multiple HDMI devices to multiple displays / televisions etc.

One reason for having an HDMI multiplex would be for a home audio-visual installation where it allowed multiple source devices to be connected to different displays.

List of HDMI Matrixes to Buy on Amazon
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FERRISA 4x2 HDMI Matrix Switch,4 in 2 Out Matrix HDMI Video Switcher Splitter +Optical & L/R Audio Output,Support Ultra HD 4K x 2K,3D 1080P,Audio EDID Extractor with IR Remote Control & Power Adapter
Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 4X4 True Matrix HDMI Powered Switch with EDID and RS232 Control

HDMI Ethernet extenders

Although in theory it is possible to have some quite long HDMI leads, these are often difficult to obtain, and they may not provide the length required. To overcome the issue the HDMI signal is often converted to Ethernet to provide the added distance and then back to HDMI again.

List of HDMI Extenders to Buy on Amazon
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HDMI Extender 1080P@60Hz, 3D, Over Single Cat5e/Cat6/Cat 7 Cable Full HD Uncompressed Transmit Up to 164 Feet(50 Meter), EDID and POC Function Supported (Transmitter and Receiver)
J-Tech Digital HDMI Extender By Single Cat 5E/6 Full Hd 1080P With Deep Color, EDID Copy, Dolby Digital/DTS

HDMI repeaters

Another method of extending the reach of an HDMI link is to add a repeater into the system. In this way it is possible to join two long leads together and place the repeater at the join. In this way the signal is boosted and the digital bit error tate, resulting in poor quality, will not rise.

List of HDMI repeaters to Buy on Amazon
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Cable Matters HDMI to HDMI Repeater (Female to Female HDMI 2.0 Signal Booster) with 4K 60Hz Resolution and HDR for Blu-ray Player, HDTV, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift VR Headset and More
4K2K 1080P 3D HDMI Booster, JerGO HDMI 2.0 Signal Amplifier Repeater Boost Up to 200ft Transmission Distance 18Gbps Bandwidth for HDTV,PS4, Oculus and More (HDMI 2.0)

These HDMI products represent a very small selection of what is available. If you cannot see what you want, then click though on one of the links and search the whole Amazon site for what you want.

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