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Choosing an HDMI cable

This might be a dumb question, but what's the best HDMI to use to connect a Samsung Q80R TV to a Samsung Q80 Soundbar?
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If the cables you require are short (2m) pretty much anything you have to hand will do - if you want belts and braces then look for the official certification Logos (High Speed, Premium High Speed and the New/rare Ultra High Speed).

As you increase the cable length out to 8m look for the Premium High speed certification.

If your cable runs are over 8m I would recommend RuiPro4K Hybrid Fibre cables.

https://www.hdmi.org/resource/cables

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If the cables you require are short (2m) pretty much anything you have to hand will do - if you want belts and braces then look for the official certification Logos (High Speed, Premium High Speed and the New/rare Ultra High Speed).

As you increase the cable length out to 8m look for the Premium High speed certification.

If your cable runs are over 8m I would recommend RuiPro4K Hybrid Fibre cables.

https://www.hdmi.org/resource/cables

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My general rule of thumb is this:


For 4k HDR runs up to 25', a Premium High Speed HDMI cable (with the QR label for authenticity). Lots to choose from and they aren't expensive.

For 4k HDR runs over 25', a hybrid fiber cable (Ruipro4k). However, they are expensive but work extremely well.

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Thanks. I only need about 3-4 feet max.

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My general rule of thumb is this:


For 4k HDR runs up to 25', a Premium High Speed HDMI cable (with the QR label for authenticity). Lots to choose from and they aren't expensive.

For 4k HDR runs over 25', a hybrid fiber cable (Ruipro4k). However, they are expensive but work extremely well.
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Thanks. I only need about 3-4 feet max.
Easy to do. Just give yourself a little slack at the connector ends to eliminate any strain on the inputs.

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Easy to do. Just give yourself a little slack at the connector ends to eliminate any strain on the inputs.
Yep, just didn’t know which one to get.
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Yep, just didn’t know which one to get.

The nice thing about Premium High Speed HDMI cables, if that's what you're considering, is that they should all be the same regardless of mfr because they've been tested and certified by an ATC (Authorized Testing Center) following standardized testing procedures and instrumentation. I've always used BJC Premium High Speed cables. They just work.

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The nice thing about Premium High Speed HDMI cables, if that's what you're considering, is that they should all be the same regardless of mfr because they've been tested and certified by an ATC (Authorized Testing Center) following standardized testing procedures and instrumentation. I've always used BJC Premium High Speed cables. They just work.
Thanks! Looks like there are different ones to choose from that are BJC, what do I need?
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Thanks! Looks like there are different ones to choose from that are BJC, what do I need?

I used the Series-FE Belden Premium cables. White, because they look nice

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I used the Series-FE Belden Premium cables. White, because they look nice
So this would be good? (Will be behind wall so color won’t matter)

https://www.amazon.com/Bonded-Pair-High-Speed-Cable-Ethernet-Black/dp/B0026NX3Z8
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So this would be good? (Will be behind wall so color won’t matter)

https://www.amazon.com/Bonded-Pair-H.../dp/B0026NX3Z8

As long as it comes with the QR label and is described as a Premium High Speed HDMI cable you should be good to go. I purchased mine directly from BJC. You mentioned behind the wall. How long is your run and will you be installing your cabling in a conduit (highly recommended)?

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As long as it comes with the QR label and is described as a Premium High Speed HDMI cable you should be good to go. I purchased mine directly from BJC. You mentioned behind the wall. How long is your run and will you be installing your cabling in a conduit (highly recommended)?
It’s just going from the soundbar under the tv to the back of the tv, so not very far.
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It’s just going from the soundbar under the tv to the back of the tv, so not very far.

So it's not an in-wall installation?

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So it's not an in-wall installation?
It is, just not very long
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It is, just not very long

So no conduit I take it. I would protect the connector ends then if you're going to blindly fish it thru the wall. Be careful of the connector ends and try to avoid sharp, 90 degree bends.

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So no conduit I take it. I would protect the connector ends then if you're going to blindly fish it thru the wall. Be careful of the connector ends and try to avoid sharp, 90 degree bends.
Thanks!
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'It’s just going from the soundbar under the tv to the back of the tv, so not very far.' - simply ensure you can replace it easily and that you leave enough of a tail to allow you to move the TV out from the wall/remove it from its bracket without over stressing the cable.

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