HDMI cables with 3D and 4K support – what should I look out for when buying?

HDMI inputs can now be found in every reasonably modern TV set. If you also have a 3D television, you can actually be sure that it has an HDMI input to connect a corresponding Blu-ray player or other sources for 3D films. When feeding in a 3D signal, however, it is important to use a suitable HDMI cable so that the corresponding 3D information can also be transmitted.

The good thing is that now almost every HDMIcable can also be referred to as an HDMI 3D cable, because the corresponding standard has been set for many years. However, you should be careful when buying, because it is not uncommon for retailers to use the "3D" suffix to sell the perfectly normal HDMI cable as something special with a surcharge.

If your cable supports 8K and UHD, then you can be relatively sure that it meets the HDMI 1.3 standard and is also 3D-capable (photo: Sir Apfelot).

If your cable supports 8K and UHD, then you can be relatively sure that it meets the HDMI 1.3 standard and is also 3D-capable (photo: Sir Apfelot).

3D-HDMI cable = high-speed HDMI cable

In fact, it's relatively easy to buy a 3D-capable HDMI cable because all you need to look for is the suffix "High Speed" or "Ultra High Speed". Both types of cable support 3D video transmission and are therefore suitable for watching such films.

If you only find information about the HDMI version on the product page or packaging, then look for HDMI 1.3 or higher. As of HDMI 1.3, the data transmission speed required for 3D films is supported.

The "Specs" of High Speed ​​HDMI cables

The following technical specifications support HDMI cables with the addition "High Speed":

  • HDMI versions 1.3 and 1.4
  • Transfer Rate (Max): 8,16Gbps
  • Resolution (max.) with HDMI 1.3: 1440p@60 Hz
  • Resolution (max.) with HDMI 1.4: 4096 x 2160p@24 Hz, 3840 x 2160p@30 Hz, 2560 x 1600p@60 Hz, 1920 x 1080p@120 Hz
  • Support of Lipsync and Deep Color Channel (1.3) as well as HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC) (1.4)
  • from HDMI 1.4 will also HDMI ARC supports

Which HDMI cable do I need for 3D?

Basically just a High Speed ​​HDMI cable. Everything else is additional bells and whistles. There are also HDMI cables with HEC (Ethernet channel), but this is not a must and only offers the advantage that, for example, the Blueray player can share its Internet access with the TV set. This does not improve image reproduction.

Which cables and brands are now practically suitable is shown below.

The inexpensive HDMI cable from KabelDirekt already supports 8K at 60 Hz and 3D television (Photo: Amazon).

The inexpensive HDMI cable from KabelDirekt – linked here – already supports 8K at 60 Hz and 3D television (Photo: Amazon).

Recommendation for 3D-capable HDMI cables

If you're looking for an HDMI cable that also supports 3D playback and 4K resolution, then you don't even have to break the bank. You can get one for less than 10 euros Solid and top-rated HDMI cable from KabelDirekt, which is also available in a wide range of lengths from 0,5 m to 2 m and up to 20 m.

KabelDirekt – 8K/4K HDMI cable – 2 m – 8K@60Hz (extra copper for fast Ultra HD,...
  • Universal: The cable (plug / plug) connects televisions / TV sets or monitors with Blu-ray players, consoles and ...
  • Efficient: Thanks to first-class manufacturing quality and reinforced, high-purity...
  • High quality: KabelDirekt HDMI cables are machine soldered and subjected to strict functional tests. Gilded ...

If you prefer to get an idea of ​​​​the offer yourself, you come via this link to the high-speed HDMI cables, which are suitable for 4K and 3D. Alternatively, here is the bestseller list with the top 5 cables on Amazon.

0,27 EURBestseller no. 1
KabelDirekt - 8K/4K HDMI 2.1 cable - 2 m - certified by HDMI for the highest quality...
  • With ultra high speed into the future: The cable (plug/plug) connects devices of the latest generation - ideal...
  • Maximum functionality: The HDMI standard 2.1 enables 48 Gbit/s UHD-II resolutions such as 7680 × 4320 (8K) or...
  • Officially licensed: The HDMI-certified Ultra High Speed ​​HDMI cable meets the quality specifications of the...
Bestseller no. 2
10K 8K 4k HDMI Cable 2m, Certified 1ms 48Gbps Ultra High Speed ​​HDMI 2.1 Cable 4k 120Hz 144Hz 8k...
  • Certified HDMI Cable: The package has an official HDMI certification label. HDMI officially certified...
  • It supports the latest features: 1ms, low EMI, SBTM, 48Gbps bandwidth, ALLM, VRR, QMS, QFT,...
  • Resolution and deep color: 10k@60Hz 12-bit, 8K@60Hz 12-bit, 5k@120Hz 90Hz 12-bit, 4K@120Hz 144Hz 12-bit, 2k@240H...
Bestseller no. 3
8K HDMI 2.1 Cable 2M, Etseinri Certified 48Gbps Ultra High Speed ​​HDMI Cable Supports 8K@60Hz...
  • The 8K era begins: Our 100% real 8K HDMI cable supports a 48Gbps bandwidth with a resolution of up to...
  • Certified HDMI 2.1 cable: Each of our Ultra HD High Speed ​​HDMI 2.1 cables has officially passed the strict HDMI...
  • Durable Design: 30AWG copper wire, a durable nylon braided jacket and 24k gold plated...
16,00 EURBestseller no. 4
Oehlbach Flex Evolution HDMI cable - patent kink protection - 8K Ultra High-Speed ​​- 8K FUHD 60Hz 4320p /...
  • German Thinking: Our registered patent plug with integrated kink protection guarantees maximum durability,...
  • Enjoy breathtaking quality and fast transmission in 8K at 50/60 Hz or 4K at up to 120 Hz with up to...
  • High-quality materials: We only use thermoplastic rubber and high-quality OFC conductors...
Bestseller no. 5
8K HDMI 2.1 Cable 2M, Sniokco Certified 48Gbps Ultra High Speed ​​Braided HDMI Cable, ...
  • 【Certified HDMI 2.1 cable】 The brand new certified updated HDMI 2.1 cable supports a range of ...
  • 【48Gbps high-speed data transfer】 Up to 48Gbps bandwidth for the latest features Dynamic ...
  • 【Improved audio return channel】 This HDMI cable 2.1 has an eARC function, eARC simplifies the ...

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