How Far Can HDMI Cables Run? — HDMI Max Length, Cables Types, & More

The most common way to connect devices is using an HDMI connection over long distances. You need to decide the correct reach as the longer HDMI cable you have, the higher the signal degradation. Our experts did the testing to avoid lowering signal quality.

Maximum Length of HDMI Cables

Generally speaking, the maximum reliable length possible for passive HDMI cables that will have a good signal transmission is 25 feet. 

If you want a resolution near 4K, then the HDMI cable should be at most 3 meters or 10 feet in order to preserve video quality. However, if you have videos of lower resolutions and video quality is not the priority, then longer cables can be used.

If you are planning to connect a ceiling projector to your TV, you need a long cable. Since longer cables have length limitations, then an active fiber optics HDMI cable is the key. This can give you a maximum range of 100 feet. 

Types of HDMI Cables

There are different types of HDMI that will deliver the digital signal to your connected devices. Our team listed the different types below: 

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The standard HDMI cable can deliver a good quality signal for a maximum distance of 20 meters. Any more than this will hinder optimum audio and video quality data transfer. It is made of 19 cores of copper in varying degrees of shielding. 

The more expensive cables are, the better it is at transferring higher resolutions over longer distances. However, this type still works best if the signal distance requirement is shorter. 

Another type is the boosted HDMI that uses a 5V power source to boost HDMI signals along its maximum cable reach of 40 meters. Manufacturers designed these wires to be thinner and more flexible, thus becoming more expensive. Their maximum resolution is 1080p. 

Another cable type is HDMI using fiber optics. It has almost the same length limitations as the boosted one but has a smaller optical core. This is the most expensive type as it delivers the highest image quality. 

HDMI over CAT is another type. The HDMI cable is connected to CAT5 or CAT6 so it can reach a long distance. Most manufacturers do not recommend this as it receives signal interference even on shorter distances. The maximum resolution it can support too is just 1080p. 

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The latest type is the use of wireless HDMI kits. Though this removes the need for most cables, the HDMI signal works best when the distance is shorter between electronics. The presence of walls or any obstructions also obscures signal transmission, thus preventing the output of the highest quality of video and audio data. 

Updating this so you can use it for 4K resolution would be expensive. Aside from that, problems with its refresh rate make it not suitable for gaming. Though the wireless HDMI is the newest technology, the restrictions imply that running cables within their optimal range would still present the best digital signage. 

Each type of cable has its own strength and will depend on your specific needs. It would be best to test which type will give you the best digital display. 

Resolution and HDMI Cable Length

The HDMI signal is greatly affected by the cable length. Hence, if you have a high resolution, it will work best for short distances. For instance, if you have a 4k resolution, then you will need high speed and bandwidth [1] to transfer the data from the source to your TV. 

Hence, it would be best to use cables of maximum 3 meters. To guarantee the best audio and video signals, choose HDMI cables that are labeled “high-speed” and “backwards compatible”. 

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Our engineers explain that you should follow the rule: longer cable means lower resolution, in guiding you when choosing cable lengths and device distances. Make sure that your cable is no longer than necessary when connecting sources like a Blu-ray player to your TVs. 

Fiber Optic Cable vs HDMI Cable

A fiber optic cable and HDMI cable can both allow the transfer of digital signals and deliver them to your display devices. However, the main difference is that fiber optic cables cannot accommodate high-resolution audio data while an HDMI cable can do it with ease. 

Though HDMI cables may be the best choice, they may not be possible in all circumstances. For example, if you have older equipment that does not support HDMI connections and you are not very particular with sound quality, then fiber optic cables can do the job. 

At the end of the day, you have to test which will be the best cable for your home theater setup. 

Is it Possible to Extend the Length of an HDMI Cable?

Now that you’re aware of the HDMI max length, our team will now answer the question of whether or not it is possible to extend the length of an HDMI cable. There are a number of ways to do this. Our team has some methods listed below: 

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Extending HDMI cables is possible in cases where equipment are really far from each other or a wireless connection is not a choice. One way is to use a small device called HDMI repeaters. They strengthen the HDMI signal by adding power to the cable, hence can work on extended cable distances.

On the other hand, if you want to compress the signal over about 300 feet, then you can use HDMI extenders. The device box will extend the range using ethernet CAT cables. Theoretically, these types of cables will give an additional 1000 feet but users rarely need this.

(Finding the right cable capable of support audio content? Then, you can also check out how DVI cable supports audio content here


How long can 4K HDMI cable be?

A 4k HDMI cable can be up to 3 meters long. Since 4K resolution needs a lot of bandwidth, it should only run in short lengths. Some devices best work over a range of only 1 to 2 meters.

How long can you run HDMI?

You can run HDMI for a maximum of 25 feet long. This is the HDMI max length you can use for optimal display with no signal interference. Though this is the maximum, most available cables in the market are just about 10 to 15 feet. 

Extending this cable is possible with the use of repeaters or extenders and will ensure less interference. 

Does length of HDMI cable affect quality?

Yes, the length of the HDMI cable affects the quality of the display. The longer the cable, the higher the chances that it will encounter signal interference. Though the HDMI max length is 25 feet, it is recommended to use shorter ones. That is why our team recommends using cables no longer than necessary.


When setting up your home theater system, it is very important to choose how long the HDMI cables you are going to choose as it will greatly affect the audio and sound quality that you will perceive. Our team of experts did the tests and identified the HDMI max length that you can use for an optimal viewing experience.

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Willie Greer
Willie Greer
Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.