Originally Posted by Mythos123
My main reason for wanting to get 2.1 cable instead of 2.0 is for future proofing, so I can keep those cables for a longer period of time before having to exchange them all over again.
I agree with you, although as I see it I don't have anything to loose buying a hdmi 2.1 cable instead as it is backwards compatible.
Anyone know when "2.1 hdmi cables" are going to be available for purchase?
Again, as I said above, the 2.1 Spec. is an HDMI connector
specification NOT an HDMI cable
specification. Even though HDMI cable companies like to advertise their cables as being "HDMI 1.4", "2.0", or "2.0a" cables
(and will most likely be advertising their new cables as "HDMI 2.1" cables), those are actually HDMI connector
specs. not cable specs. - i.e. there is really no such thing as a "HDMI 2.0" cable.
To answer your last question: the new higher-bandwidth HDMI cables will most likely become available when HDMI 2.1 devices
become available (TVs, players, AVRs, etc.) not before.
Even if you purchase one of those new HDMI cables (advertised as an "HDMI 2.1 rated" cable) there is no guaranty that it will work with all HDMI 2.1 devices (or all the time with all content). And even if it works fine with the first HDMI 2.1 devices (and new content) that become available, there is no guaranty that it will still work with "future" more capable HDMI 2.1 devices.
Bottom line: I think you should just hold-off purchasing a new HDMI (2.1) cable for when you actually need one. Otherwise, you just might need to replace it again later anyways (when you finally do
get around to upgrading your various devices) - not to mention the fact that the new cables will probably be pretty expensive when they first come out.