HDMI cables have been instrumental in the information age for the conversion of the analog video signals to digital signals wherever it has been possible. The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is used in all HD equipment for the signal to be transported from the input (your PC for example) to the output which is your HDTV or your computer monitor. Since 2002, after the launch of the first HDMI cables 1.0, many newer versions of the product have been released like the 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and most recently 1.4 for 3D viewing. With each launch the cables have become better in terms of the bandwidth of data they can transmit, the number of colors viewed and the types of soundtracks that it supports.
The HDMI cable 1.3 offers all the latest features if you do not intend to watch 3D videos or use it for 3D gaming. HDMI cable 1.3 is a much upgraded version as compared to the previous 1.1 and 1.2 HDMI cables so getting HDMI 1.3 cable will enable you to take advantage of the extra features that are available with it along with the incredible picture quality that you already had with your previous HDMI cables. There are a lot of additional features in the new 1.3 HDMI cable one of them being the extended data rate support which simply means that data can travel at a higher rate using the HDMI cable 1.3 at the rate of 4.95 Gbps. The cable is also supported for eventually doubling the data speed up to 10.2 Gbps.
The HDMI cable 1.3 also provides greater picture quality, sharper picture resolution of the order of greater than 1920x 1080 (also known as 1080p) and also provides higher color because in contrast to the HDMI 1.2 (which allocates only 8bit/pixel), the HDMI 1.3 gives the options of allocating 10,12 even 16 bits for one pixel. This means more data is used for the transmission of each color thus improving the picture quality. The ‘Lip Synch’ feature ensures that the digital video and the audio has been synchronized properly and allows the consumer to do so in an external HDMI device such as the surround sound system. The cable also includes optional mini connectors that can be connected to smaller HD devices like cameras. Another interesting feature of the 1.3 cable is that it has backwards compatibility with the previous versions of the cable so that even if your display does not support the 1.3 cable, the source of your image and your display will arbitrate the best format that can be displayed on your monitor or HDTV.
The HDMI 1.3 cable can transmit a greater bandwidth of data (which means faster flow of information), can display over one billion colors thus increasing picture quality, has automatic audio syncing capability (also known as lip sync) and supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio soundtracks which have superior sound quality. All these features make your HDMI 1.3 cable truly essential for any kind of HD display and for superior quality audio.