Making the connection between an AVR or pre/pro and your TV or projector is a critical link. Whatever solution you choose, data needs to be delivered without corruption, so you can watch movies without interruption. That's where Monoprice SlimRun HDMI cables can help.

HDMI is undoubtedly the "glue" that binds an AV system together. It offers high bandwidth and the uncompromised fidelity of digital video and audio. It is remarkable that HDMI has evolved since its introduction to handle ever-higher resolutions, bit depths, and more sophisticated sound. Today's HDMI devices offer resolutions up to 8K and audio that includes 3D immersive sound like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

It's All About the Bandwidth

Although HDMI cables all use the same connector, the primary differentiating factor between different HDMI cables is a matter of bandwidth. The higher the resolution, frame rate, and bit depth of an AV signal, the more bandwidth is required to deliver the data from one device to another. With HDMI, selecting a cable that can handle the needed bandwidth is the key to extracting maximum performance from a system.

The good news is that HDMI either works, or it doesn't work; as long as you find a cable that offers the needed bandwidth, you will get the full fidelity of the source signal. And if it doesn't support the bandwidth, you will immediately see that. As long as the cable handles the required bandwidth, it is simply not possible for one HDMI cable to offer "better" sound or picture quality than another. So, the focus of shopping for one is all about whether the cable you buy handles the required bandwidth, and one of the main factors in this equation is the length of the cable.

For shorter runs (under 20-30 feet) you can use an appropriately rated passive copper HDMI cable, typically there's no problem. But for longer runs (50 feet, 100 feet etc.) you'll want to look at active HDMI cable solutions to make the connection.

The focus here is on fiber optic HDMI because it is thin and light, able to cover very long runs, favorably priced, and avoids ground hum issues that can sometimes plague copper connections between devices plugged into different electrical circuits.

Monoprice is a great resource for affordable cables, and many other electronics related items. I asked the company to send me a selection of its SlimRun active fiber-optic HDMI cables One with 8K compatibility) as well as one example of its DynamicView active copper HDMI cable.

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Monoprice SlimRun AV HDR High Speed Cable for HDMI-Enabled Devices - [email protected], HDR, 18Gbps, Fiber Optic, ARC, AOC, YCbCr 4:4:4, Black

This cable might be all you need to make the crucial connection. It's thin and flexible and handles 18 Gbps 4K so you'll get full HDR and 60 Hz compatibility. Supports ARC and is suitable for cable runs up to 328 feet (100 m). Crucially, this active cable does not require external power because it draws everything it needs from the HDMI port.


Monoprice SlimRun 8K AV Dynamic HDR Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable - [email protected], Dynamic HDR, 48Gbps, Fiber Optic, eARC, AOC, YCbCr 4:4:4, 50ft, Black

If you have already made the upgrade to 8K, or plan to do so, then you will want to use a cable that supports it. This fiber optic HDMI cable supports bitrates up to 48Gbps while retaining the advantages Monoprice SlimRun cables, like easy easy handling thanks to the slim and flexible cable that's good for runs up to 100 m (328 ft).

This cable is self-powered, drawing all the current it needs from the HDMI port. Moreover, it supports eARC so you can enjoy uncompressed 3D immersive sound with your 4K or 8K content.

Monoprice SlimRun AV HDR High Speed HDMI Cable with Detachable Connectors - [email protected], HDR, 18Gbps, Fiber Optic, AOC, YCbCr 4:4:4, CMP Plenum, ARC, Black

For installations where you seek the benefits of active fiber-optic HDMI but do not want to drill a large hole, or in situations where a mini HDMI connector is part of the signal path, Monoprice offers this SlimRun cable with detachable connectors. moreover, this cable is "CMP Plenum rated" for fire safety, meaning that you can run it in plenum air duct spaces in commercial and residential installations.

This cable is good for runs up to 150 feet, does not require external power, supports full 18 Gbps 4K bandwidth and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Monoprice SlimRun AV HDR High Speed Outdoor HDMI Cable - [email protected], HDR, 18Gbps, Fiber Optic, AOC, YUV 4:4:4, Armored, 50FT, Black

This SlimRun cable from Monoprice has a tough jacket that allows for outdoor use. Get full 18 Gbps 4K in runs up to 100 m (328 feet) from this outdoor rated cable, with support for HDR and all HDMI 2.0 functions plus HDCP 1.4 and 2.2. this cable offers crush resistance and has a 10 mm "dynamic bend radius". Low power consumption (250 mW) means it does not require an external power source to operate.


Monoprice DynamicView Active High Speed HDMI Cable - [email protected], HDR, 18Gbps, 24AWG, YCbCr 4:4:4, CL2, Black

A Monoprice DynamicView active high speed copper HDMI cable may well be the right answer for mid-length runs in the range of 20 to 50 feet where you need a durable cable that is economical to deploy. Like it's fiber-optic 4K brethren, this cable supports all the features of HDMI 2 including HDCP 2.2 and ARC. This cable carries a CL2 fire safety rating and comes with a lifetime warranty.