An overview of the different types of HDMI versions available

What better way to transfer high quality data other than using HDMI cables? HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables are ideal for transferring high quality audio and video from your external HDD to the display device. HDMI cables do this by converting the signal being transmitted from digital to analog. While this might result in some data loss, it will not affect the overall quality of the data being transmitted.

If you are looking for HDMI cables, you will come across five different types. Mentioned below is a brief description of them.

HDMIv1.0: The v1.0 helps in combining the digital video signal with a two channel audio. This is done over a single cable between the DVD/Blu-ray player and your television.

HDMIv1.1: v1.1 boasts of some minor enhancements and upgrades over the 1.0. Some of the enhancements include added support from Dolby Digital, DVD Audio and DTS surround sound.

HDMIv1.3: Improvements in the audio and video quality were included in the v1.3. This version was released just after the launch of the Blu-ray and the HD – DVD version. Therefore, v1.3 is capable of transferring colour depths up to 48 bits. It can also support resolution as high as 1080p.

HDMI v1.4: HDMI v1.4 is the most modern form of HDMI available. It supports data transfer at a speed of 68Gbps which is almost 50% more than the first version. If your HDTV, Blu-ray player or home theatre system is HDMI v1.4 capable, you can implement the following features:

• HDMI Ethernet Channel
• Audio Return Channel
• 3D Over HDMI
• 4Kx2K Resolution Support
• Micro HDMI Connector

Research the market carefully and opt for a cable that is well suited to your needs and requirements.

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