Purchasing HDMI cables? Here’s a quick reference guide

HDMI is the abbreviation for High Definition Multimedia Interface. The technology was introduced in 2002 and has changed the face of digital electronic entertainment for the foreseeable future.

HDMI cables allow transmission of audiovisual digital data at speeds in excess of 10.2 gigabytes per second. This digital data is not compressed and converted into an analogue signal and hence you can enjoy crystal clear audiovisual entertainment whenever you want.

What is the latest HDMI upgrade?

The latest version of the revolutionary connection technology is HDMI 1.4. HDMI 1.4 includes an Ethernet channel for internet sharing at speeds in excess of 100 megabytes per second.

HDMI 1.4 supports every 3D format currently available and gives out a standardised output at resolutions as high as 4096×2160. HDMI 1.4 is officially known as – High Speed HDMI with Ethernet.

Every new upgrade of the technology is backwards compatible with all the previous versions.

Explore these aspects before buying an HDMI cable

If you buy an HDMI cable with a ferrite EMI suppressor it will reduce electromagnet interference. Shielded cables will improve the quality of the signal greatly. If you go for a gold cable, then there is less chance of oxidation.

Try not to buy an HDMI cable beyond the length of 7.5 metres. Longer HDMI cables may not necessarily perform too well. The quality of the materials of the cable determines whether the cable will be able to transmit signals over longer distances or not. Signal boosters and equalisers are available in the market for better transmission of signals over long distances.

Be open to spending somewhere around 5% of the cost of your television on the HD cable and you will not go wrong with your HDMI cable selection.

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