Recently I posted a blog stating that there are 4 types of HDMI cable.  While technically this is true, there is also a type of construction for the HDMI that I did not mention.  Fiber optic HDMI is relatively new on the consumer market.  Yes, they have been out there since as early as 2012, but only integrators and the VERY early adopters were even privy to the technology.  As with anything, I find it best not to be the beta tester when it comes to an expensive cable. So what is the advantage of HDMI over fiber?

  • The biggest advantage of HDMI fiber is the extended length.  Depending on which web article you read, copper HDMI cables can run up to 50 ft.  I will say that I have seen issues with transmission at 50 ft. and we will not extend one over 35 ft.  There are terms like attenuation and degradation that are thrown around but let’s make it simple.  If you drop a rock in a pond it will send ripples over the surface.  If you follow a ripple as it rolls away from the impact you will notice that it decreases in mass and force until it disappears.  I am using that example to give you a basic understanding of degradation.  In this case if the rock is the source of your media the water is the signal.  The further it travels, the more it degrades from the point of impact.  HDMI fiber alleviates this degradation up to 1000 ft.  What many consumers have been using up to now are signal extenders and HDBaseT (HDMI over ethernet).  These can run you anywhere from $500 to $1000 and you are adding another possible point of failure to your end-to-end solution.  Searching the internet you can find a 75 foot HDMI fiber cable from for $180. Editor’s note: Having utilized monoprice cables in a commercial setting, I have found that they are a cheaper construction with a higher rate of failure.  Buyer beware. 

  • The second advantage is bandwidth. This is still an area of a lot of debate.  What do we know for sure? HDMI fiber can carry 18.2 Gbps speeds that will be recommended for current and future resolution increases in media i.e., 4k and 8k. High Speed copper HDMI carries 10.2 Gbps, however some cables have labeled themselves as 18.2 Gbps. Personally, my research has shown that the latter is unsubstantiated.

To sum up, if you are in need of extending your HDMI signal over the 35’ mark, HDMI fiber should be something you look into.  Call us at 630-273-7444 for pricing. 

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