Originally Posted by Danny Liberty
Thanks! I did look into the Ruipro. And yes they are super expensive
My main concern with them too is they're already dated too. HDMI 2.1 spec is out and it looks like they don't even support eARC?
I feel like a $100 cable should not be a compromise.
Don't worry about HDMI 2.1. Unless you're a gamer because there is little to offer at this point in time other than some smoke and mirrors. And unless all of your HDMI connected devices already support the HDMI 2.1 hardware specifications, whether it be full compliance or partial compliance, just go with what works best for you now. Copper based cables will probably not be able to support eARC due to their physical design and limitations. Hybrid fiber cables will be the way to go. At your distance of about 20', I would think that you won't have any issues with HDMI 2.0b. Connection technology will always lag behind video technology, that's why we recommend the use of a conduit so when it becomes time to swap your cables out for something that will fully support HDMI 2.1, 8k and beyond, you can. The cable is just the data pipe.
There are no HDMI cables that have been certified for fully compliant HDMI 2.1, yet. Some are definitely in the works but even when they are released, it's doubtful that they will come with a QR label for "Ultra High Speed HDMI cables" like the Premium High Speed HDMI cables do now because of the nature of the active design. Ruipro is close to releasing their 8k cables (which is basically the HDMI 2.1 hardware specifications) but they will be expensive, as will any other mfr who sells a hybrid fiber cable to meet the HDMI 2.1 specifications.
So, for you, at this point in time, go with either a Premium High Speed HDMI cable, an active High Speed HDMI cable, or move up to the hybrid fiber cable from Ruipro and thoroughly test what ever cable you get before installation. Keep your distances to a minimum without strain on the HDMI inputs, be mindful of bend radius, and maintain a single connection, source to sink.