If you own a home theatre system or a cinema system, you will need a certain amount of cables to enhance the sound and picture quality. It is common practice to go for advanced digital equipment. HDMI (high definition media interface) cables guarantee to improve the entire audio-visual experience.
Even an inexpensive HDMI cable can give you an enhanced result. There are certain points to be taken into consideration when buying an HDMI cable. First of all, it is necessary that one does not get enamoured by the sales pitch by retailers. What you need to understand is the requirements of your home theatre system.
So what does your home theatre system need?
Basically, an HDMI cable is used to transmit digital data through two interfaces. So what you need to look for when buying the cable is the quality of the components. It is a myth that you need to spend more in order to get more out of your cable. A good quality product can give you the same services that a cable worth ten times its cost will give.
Many HDMI cable reviews do not stress the usage of the cables in different formats within a home. It is very useful to understand the different cables with the uses they cater to. For example, a Cat1 cable is can give you best results on a 720p or 1080i TV or LCD screen whereas a Cat2 cable does the same on 720p, 1080i, 1080p and also the new 1600p LCD TV screens.
There are certain standard specifications allotted to HDMI cables with numbers ranging from 1.0 to 1.4. These numbers represent the HDMI specifications and also the interface version of the cable, with 1.4 being the latest. However, the numbers do not change any of the features of the cables.
It is also advised that the cable be of minimum length as an increase in the length of the cable tends to distort the data transmission to some extent.