HDMI wall plates and HDMI cables – everything you need to know

The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an interface, which transmits digital audio and video and which allows users to set up their own home theaters by connecting different HDMI-ready sources to their HDTVs or video projectors. With the HDMI becoming the most widely used interface, most electronic equipment manufacturers are making their devices HDMI ready and almost any HDTV that you buy today is likely to have two or more HDMI inputs. However, if you have more than one source and one or more TV that you want the sources connoted to, you would need a few HDMI cables and your setup could easily become messy. This is where the HDMI wall plates come in handy since they allow you have the cables in-wall and keep your setup with fewer tangled cables.

The HDMI plates, also known as HDMI panels could be mounted on any wall as long as you can drill in it and run your cables through. This is far more practical for homes, which are contracted from timber, but the panels could be mounted on brick and even concrete walls if needed. The HDMI plates come in all sizes and flavors, where some of them have only one socket and others could have two or more. The latter type is ideal for setups, where more than one audio or video sources are used or where more than one displays are used. In addition, a plate could have other types of connections than HDMI, allowing the user to link older equipment as well. The plates could also come with a switch or repeater, which allows for setups that are more elaborate, where the cables need to be run in longer distances or a few cables need to be chained together. Using the HDMI plates is very straightforward since all the user needs to do is plug in the cables, turn on the source and the TV and enjoy perfect picture and sound. When it comes to choosing the cable itself, a good quality, version 1.4 cable is perfect, but for most setups even the older, 1.3 cables would work. The only differences between the two versions is the fact that the 1.4 HDMI supports Audio return channel, 4096×2160 resolution, and comes with Ethernet channel. Problems might arise when using HDMI cables and HDMI wall plate if one or more of the devices are not HDMI-ready, but if all of them are, then the setup should deliver superb video and audio, regardless of the manufacturer and model of the equipment.

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