Not all HDMI cables are created equally and if you purchase the wrong one, you might find that your picture quality might not look that good or your refresh rate isn’t up to par with what your television or monitor is capable of. That’s why when purchasing an HDMI cable, you need to check the specs out first and ensure they match what you’re using. Of course, you could always just go for the best specs possible so your cables will be future-proof, so why not just pick up a Monoprice SlimRun AV 8K Certified Ultra High Speed Active HDMI Cable.
The Monoprice SlimRun AV 8K Certified Ultra High Speed Active HDMI Cable that I received is the 24 ft version of the cable, though it’s also available in 32, 49, and 65 ft lengths. While lengths like this wouldn’t have been possible before, they are now because of the optical fiber and active chipset that helps support 8K@60Hz and 4K@120Hz uncompressed video. They call this Active Optical Cable (AOC) and has been certified by an HDMI authorized testing center. You’re looking at 48Gbps bandwidth, Dynamic HDR support, and compatibility with HDMI® ARC/eARC (Audio Return Channel/Enhanced Audio Return Channel). It also supports immersive, multichannel audio streams, including the Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X advanced 5.1/7.1 channel surround sound modes.
For the most part, I can’t really test if these cables work for 8K video, but what I have used them seems to work just fine. I’ve used it running from my gaming PC to my 2K monitor so this should have no issues being used with other next-gen consoles too. I also like the look of the cable with its heavy-duty connectors and gold-plated tips. The Monoprice SlimRun AV 8K Certified Ultra High Speed Active HDMI Cable looks like a cable that will last and at least should be future proof for now so if you ever do upgrade your equipment, you’ll know that this cable will be up to the task.