The 2010 LLC law mandating that the display of any information regarding the version of the HDMI cable on either the box or the actual product as illegal has left many consumers confused. On the other hand, the version of the cable can be determined based on its specifications. Currently, the most popular HDMI cables are still the 1.3 ones, but the newly released 1.4 standard threatens to overthrow them and claim the rightful top position. Let us look at what is new in the 1.4 HDMI version, in order to understand why it is significantly more powerful and versatile, compared to its 1.3 counterpart.
First of all, the Ethernet channel that enables a bi-directional connection at a speed of 100 MB per second. The Ethernet channel will allow your HDMI appliances to share a connection, the resources and content without the aid of an Ethernet cable. This is a serious advancement, considering that the 1.3 HDMI cables did not have any type of support for internet-based applications, wouldn’t you say?
Secondly, since we live in the 3D multimedia age, the 1.4 HDMI cables enable you to dual stream 3D content at a 1080p resolution. Consequentially, you will be able to experience the full benefit of your 3D home theatre whenever you are playing games or watching a movie. But that is not all it brought in terms of video streaming. The non-3D multimedia can now be played at 4 times the 1080p resolution that the 1.3 cables provided, thanks to the 4k resolution support incorporated in the 1.4 HDMI cable. Moreover, the new support for the Adobe RGB, sYCC601 and AdobeYCC601 enable viewing pictures at a much better resolution and using significantly more life-like colours than ever before.
Lastly, the support for portable devices, such as cell phones, tablets or cameras, as well as the one for automobiles, has been facilitated a great deal in the 1.4 cables. The connector for the portable devices has been shrunk to 50% of the 1.3’s size. Moreover, Automotive Connection System feature is an effective solution to prevent the environment factors of your car from interfering with the quality of the signal transmission, and thus the fidelity of the multimedia. For this purpose, the manufacturers have developed a HDMI cable resilient to vibrations, noises and heat. Overall, it seems that investing in a 1.4 HDMI cable does not only provide the aforementioned benefits, but will also come in handy once you decide to trade in your electronic appliances for the newest generation ones.