HDMI is an abbreviation for high definition multimedia interface. These cables help in the transfer of high quality audio and video without affecting overall quality.
Superiority over component video
HDMI cables offer many benefits over component video. Some of these include support for better contrast and colour saturation along with digital bit stream compatibility.
It should be noted that individual results may vary to a certain extent. However, cheap sources like DVD players might not be able to scale and process the HDMI signal as effectively as modern day Blu-ray players.
Long cable issues
There have been instances wherein the video quality has been affected due to the use of long HDMI cables. This is mainly because of the fact that long HDMI cables take a longer time to transmit data. However, recent updates and upgrades have enabled HDMI cables to transmit data without any issues in terms of the overall quality of the audio/video. Most HDMI cables now support resolutions up to 720p/1080i.
Will the use of HDMI v1.3 affect your PS3 or Xbox?
HDMI v1.3 was designed keeping in mind the specifications offered by the major games consoles – the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Modern HDMI cables are compatible with these games consoles and will not affect the quality of the audio or the video.