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A review of my own misinformation (with update)
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
***UPDATE: second cable started generating green, blue and red lines. Thought it was my new AVR (bought one that supports HDCP 2.2- read below comments) because the cable seemed to be working with my older AVR, but it turns out it was this cable... again. I will contact seller for a second time and see what can be done, but 4 months is too short of a time period for a cable to begin failing.
Overall a decent cable: feels sturdy, looks good (on the outside), but I just didn't need it. I'll explain in a minute.
The first cable I received didn't work properly-- fuzzy colerd horizontal patches and white static lines. I emailed seller and they sent a new cable immediately. I DID NOT post a horrible review of the product and hope the seller saw it therby skewing the ratings for an otherwise decent product. However, I was concerned that the box they ship it in might be too small and therefore put undue pressure on the cable connectors. But the new one works, so does it really matter?
The reason I bought the cable though, was to support the new 4k Fire Stick I got for Xmas and provide HDR and UHD passthrough from my AV unit to my 4k TV. The previous HDMI cables (budget brand) I had weren't doing it (or so I thought) and since my AVR proudly displayed "4k passthrough" in the user manual- logically it was the cable's fault. Nope- all mine.
Fire Stick 4k utilizes HDCP 2.2 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201859000) whereas my three year old unit does not (here's the confusing part): although I have HDMI 2.0 ports on my TV and AVR (as opposed to 1.4 for older models), my AVR does not support the HDCP 2.2 encryption. My brain conveniently glazed over the word 'encrtyption' and just assumed 2.whatever with an "H" in the title was good enough. Point is, if I wanna plug my 4kFS into my AVR (and I do because I think the sound is slightly better than relying on the CEC connection from my TV) I'm gonna need a new AVR. So, for now, I just plug it into an HDMI port on my TV. Be careful though- some TVs don't have the same HDR capabilities in all inputs, just as some AVRs don't either (in other words- RTFM).