In this day and age of marketing, it seems that every product out there can claim just about anything with little to no fact-checking. There is a wide range of cable products available to the consumer with just about all of them having some form of claim flaunting their overall performance. This opens up an even wider assortment of cables advertising different performance claims with little or no verification. Between product advertising and packaging, consumers are left with arbitrarily guessing what the best cable for their video systems should be. Add to this dilemma, a huge increase in video technologies with capabilities and features demands even more cable performance than before.
With so many cable possibilities and requirements, it places the consumer in an electronic jungle faced with multiple options and little refuge. Current Digital Video television has up to 4 different resolution standards (2K, 4K, 8K, and 10K), a host of color attributes, and several different audio functions all requiring certain published minimums. With so many different features available to the consumer the selection process becomes more difficult, especially when considering forward compatibility, a key factor with today’s product specifications. All of these video offerings will require a more scrutinized thought process when selecting this critical component to best match your video system. Factors that contribute to these selections are:
- Overall Video Performance
- Long Term Reliability
- Some Level of Product Certification
All of these considerations can have a direct influence on the cable’s overall performance and reliability when operating in its physical real-world environment. As an example, since these cables have as many as 19 different wires making up the cable itself flexibility can suffer. To improve these manufacturers may opt to decrease some or all wire gauge sizes offering a more supple feel and easier installation. However, negative effects can occur with one or all functions hindering the cable’s performance and reliability. This is just one of scores of examples discovered throughout the research period.