The Future of Cables for HDMI 2.0
For years we wired the world with coax in various forms, from one to six cables per bundle. It worked pretty much every time. Then along came HDMI. We had to switch over to Category X cables to get some distance. At first, it took Cat/X 2 cables, but now we are down to one — or are we?
Yes, there are cables that will support the UHD standard of 4K/60, 4:2:0, some even up to 12 Meters and we do have a new “true” 18 Gbps cable in the new Velox series, now shipping.
Most installers still want to install a bulk cable that they can terminate as needed. For this I recommend that they use two RG/6 cables and two Cat/6 Cables. Why two each? Right now SDI 3G (single coax) allows a dealer to push 1080P up to 100 meters and soon they will be able to support the current UHD standard down that same cable with SDI 12G.
However, that will not be enough in just a few years! By adding one more coax on the job site the dealers will be able to use the Dual 12G SDI products that will be introduced to the market soon. The same applies to the Cat/6 cables. HDBaseT may require that we double up on cables and transceivers to carry the needed bandwidth in the future.
I mentioned our new 18 Gbps Velox Cable. This product has been designed and built to go well beyond the existing HDMI 1.4 High Speed Max Cable Spec of 10.2 Gbps* which is the most recent spec available.
VELOX UHD cables are now available in lengths of one up to 12 meters and can handle anything the HDMI 2.0 spec can throw at it! VELOX UHD cables are the first-to-market cable line to combine evolutionary design and engineering techniques to support the new generation of HD, Ultra-HD and 4K video applications.
The elephant in the room HDCP 2.2:
HDCP is all content providers are concerned about — and is the most important part of HDMI. It is what protects their intellectual property from theft by copying. HDCP has been with us since the very beginning of HDMI, in fact HDCP is the real reason for HDMI. Over the years, HDCP has gotten more sophisticated and harder, but not impossible, to hack. However, with the introduction of HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, content is fairly secure. It is important to note, despite common thinking, having HDMI 2.0 in your product does NOT guarantee that you will also have HDCP 2.2.
OK, then when will HDCP 2.2 impact your installations? Simple! Anything that switches, processes, distributes, displays or extracts must be HDCP 2.2 if the source is HDCP 2.2. Cables and extenders as a rule are not subject to this rule.
HDMI 2.0 Cables: Who makes them and how much are they?
There is no such animal! HDMI LLC does not have a spec or a test to support any cable technology beyond the current 1.4 High Speed Cable specification.
Does HDMI 2.0 require new cables?
No, HDMI 2.0 will work with existing HDMI cables. Higher bandwidth features, such as 4K@50/60 (2160p) video formats, will require existing high speed HDMI cables (Category 2 cables).
Here is what HDMI states about cables:
So are there any products that exceed this spec?
Yes, yes there are, and as usual we have them.
Our new VELOX UHD cables are the only cable as far as I know that will meet and exceed the 18 Gbps requirement without Eq.
Hopefully this information helped clarify UHD and HDMI 2.0, so that along with Elan Systems South Africa’s technical support and products, you feel more confident with your gear choices and installs.
*Remember that just because it is “high speed cable,” it does not mean it reaches the 10.2 Gbps capability.
NEW HDMI CABLES
We are happy to announce that we have just landed our new range of HDMI cables from Metra home theatre group. This is an American brand of cables manufactured to further meet the Custom Integrators needs for the latest technology.
The Ethereal range from Metra offers a full line of HDMI 2.0 compliant solutions to deliver full performance for 4K signals and high definition data streams up to 18 Gbps and beyond. HDMI 2.0 solutions from Metra Home Theater Group were among the first in the industry to provide integrators accessories capable of 4K signal including up to 32 audio channels and benefits for multiple data streams transmitted to users of the same screen at up to 60Hz.
Cable sizes range from 0.5m to 20 meters at unbelievable prices and dealer margin.
MHYS HDMI Slimline
HDMI ETHERNET INCLUDED
The HDMI Ethernet channel allows you to support a wide range of IP-enabled home entertainment devices without the cable clutter caused by the additional network cables. Therefore you will no longer need separate Ethernet cables to enjoy high speed, bi-directional networking with speeds up to 100 Mb/sec.
24K GOLD PLATED CONTACT CONNECTORS
It is certainly worth noting that not only do these cables look great, they are also designed with the best materials and tested for heavy duty use to deliver stunning picture, sound and control year after year. We use 24k gold contacts ensure the highest possible connectivity for the best signal integrity, they are also corrosion resistant and provide maximum signal transfer over the life of your system.
Multiple layers of shielding prevent electromagnetic interference to maximize noise isolation as well as protecting the other components from HDMI high speed emanations.
AUDIO RETURN CHANNEL (ARC)
The incorporated audio return channel provides the ability to send multi-channel audio from the display back to the surround processor (dependent on the equipment being ARC enabled), reducing cable clutter.
DIGITAL PERFORMANCE LABS (DPL) TESTED
These cables are DPL Labs (www.dpllabs.com) certified to ensure long term usability and performance. DPL testing clears away the “smoke and mirrors” common in the HDMI cable business by creating a fair but tough comparative standard against which all HDMI products can be tested.
*18Gbps for 4K60 applies only the MHYS HDMI cables up to 5 Meters in length. 6-20 Meter lengths are tested up to 10.2 Gbps and support 4K30 for cables that Exceed 18GBps up to 12 Meters please enquire about the VELOX range.