HDMI 1.4: Finding the Right HDMI Cable

HDMI technology has been developing at a furious pace and if you are ignorant about this, you’ll find it difficult to choose the right cable. The alternative is to be at the mercy of dealers who are out to take advantage of your ignorance by giving you high priced cables.

However, while you don’t have to be an expert, you also need working knowledge of these features. Thankfully, choosing the right cable is not rocket science.

Available HDMI Cables

There are 5 cables from which you can choose the appropriate one for your HDMI needs. Each cable has been designed to meet specific standards and they are labeled according to the cable type. These labels are the authorized classification and are meant to help consumers select the best ones for their needs.

Standard HDMI Cable: This cable has been designed to provide support for almost all home applications and can transmit video resolutions of up to 720p or 1080i. These video resolutions are the high definition videos usually found in satellite TV, cable TV, HD digital broadcast and DVD players.

Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet: The Standard HDMI cable with Ethernet is about the same thing as the Standard HDMI cable. It offers similar baseline functionality (i.e. it supports almost all home applications and can transmit video resolutions of up to 720p or 1080i) in addition to providing a dedicated channel for device networking. This channel known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel makes it possible to share internet, network home devices and also distribute digital content. However, in order to enjoy the Ethernet channel, both devices have to be enabled for the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

High Speed HDMI Cable: This cable was specifically designed to support and transmit video resolutions of 1080p and above. This includes all present day sophisticated display technologies like 3D, 4K and Deep Color. So if you want to link a 1080p source device like a Blu-ray player to a 1080p display like a HDTV, or you want to experience other advanced technologies, you should get the High Speed HDMI cable.

High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet: The High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet is similar to the High Speed HDMI cable and offers baseline functionality (i.e. it was designed to support and transmit video resolutions of 1080p and above. This includes all present day sophisticated display technologies like 3D, 4K and Deep Color). In addition to these, it provides a dedicated channel for device networking. This channel known as the HDMI Ethernet Channel makes it possible to share internet, network home devices and also distribute digital content. However, in order to enjoy the Ethernet channel, both devices have to be enabled for the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

Standard Automotive HDMI Cable: The Standard Automotive HDMI cable was specially designed for transmitting and distributing HD video in vehicles. It supports video resolutions of 1080i or 720p and has been designed to withstand noise, heat and vibration, stress factors associated with the automotive environment.

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