Facts and FAQs about the High Definition Multimedia Interface

HDMI makes use of digital signal conversion technology and not analog video signals, to get a picture from the source to your television screen. This is done by way of HDMI cables.

What are the advantages of HDMI over other modes?

An HDMI cable will last for many years. Every new audiovisual device is coming out with HDMI cable slots and connectors to accommodate the technology. HDMI gives the best quality to audiovisuals. HDMI cables can compress eight audio channels into one cable. Even if the technology gets upgraded in the future, you will not need to buy new cables as they are backward accommodating.

What are the different versions of HDMI?

HDMI was released in the year 2002 and since then it has undergone several upgrades. Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master audio support, super audio CD support and DVD audio support are some of the popular upgrades which the technology has undergone.

Will the existing HDMI cables work for newer versions of the technology?

HDMI as a technology may get upgraded; however the cables do not need to. The HDMI cable is the most advanced data transmission cable in the world today and has the capacity to handle technological upgrades.

Does the HDMI need to be thicker if it is a long cable?

Long HDMI cables can run over a distance of 50 to 100 feet. The wire gauge is thicker for these purposes and hence the cable will also have to be thicker. Thinner cables do not give high quality audiovisual output over long distances.

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