HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is considered to be a must have TV accessory. However, choosing the right HDMI cable can be tricky due to the various technical aspects involved.
What factors do you need to consider prior to purchasing HDMI cables?
Outlined below are some factors that need to be taken into account before your purchase your HDMI cables:
1. HDMI cable category
There are two main categories involved when it comes to HDMI cables. Category 1 cables involve support for HDMI frame rates and resolutions. Meanwhile, category 2 cables support advanced resolutions and frame rates.
2. Cable length
Generally, there are no restrictions involved when it comes to the length of HDMI cables. The length of most HDMI cables varies from 3” to 50”. The length of the cable should also depend on the distance that you usually opt for between the projecting device and the receiver.
3. HDMI capable devices
Most modern devices are HDMI capable. However, it is important to check with the manufacturer and also the instruction manual before you opt for a TV or a computer.
4. HDMI standards compliance
At present, there are 4 versions of HDMI cables. These include version 1.0, version 1.2, version 2 and version 3. Each of these versions is supposed to comply with and support the versions that were released before its launch. For example, version 1.2 should meet the requirements of versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. However, this does not necessarily mean that 1.2 will support 1.3.