Originally Posted by legends92
I need help with the type of HDMI cable I need to buy.
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on the Sony A9G and the upcoming Denon AVR-X3600H. Both have eARC.
I've searched the web and I cannot find Standard and High Speed HDMI cables that end with words "....with Ethernet".
Do all HDMI cables now come with Ethernet and vendors have just simply removed it from the name?
Ethernet has been part of the HDMI hardware specifications for a long time now. Most cable mfrs will mention ethernet in their cable descriptions as a selling feature even though there are no commercial devices that ever embraced that specification.
Don't know where you've looked but most High Speed HDMI (forget Standard HDMI) and Premium High Speed HDMI cables mention ethernet in their cable descriptions. If your cable run is under about 20' then a Premium High Speed HDMI cable (certified with a QR label) will work because ethernet is part of the HDMI 2.0 hardware specifications. If your run is over 20'-25', then you might want to consider a hybrid fiber cable (Ruipro comes to mind). The difference between High Speed HDMI and Premium High Speed HDMI cables is that the Premium cables have been certified by a standardized testing and certification program designed and implemented by HDMI.org. Only passive cables can be certified (the hybrid fiber cables are active) and 25' is the maximum certifiable length.
Keep in mind that the cable is just the data pipe. How well eARC will work is dependent upon how well the HDMI chipsets on the source/sink end will work together and not necessarily the HDMI cable. There is no certification as of yet for eARC on passive cables.
There shouldn't be a problem but eARC is still new.
How long is your cable run?
Further definition from HDMI.org:
Q: Will the existing ARC-enabled products work with new products that use eARC?
A: Maybe. Manufacturers can produce products that are compatible with both eARC and ARC. However, eARC is not defined to be backwards compatible with ARC.