The different versions of HDMI cables

HDMI cables are one of the best things that have happened to the audio and video world for some time. These cables have many versions with the latest one being HDMI 1.4. The previous versions are 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. All these versions can transmit video in HD reaching up to 1080p. The following are the different versions of HDMI.

HDMI 1.0- This was the first version that launched in 2002.

HDMI 1.1- This was the second version and came with a DVD-audio support system. This meant that those users who had compatible discs could access 5.1 channel audio streams without the use of 6 different audio RCA cables.

HDMI 1.2/ 1.2a- This was an improved version of version 1.1 and featured the inclusion of Super Audio CS known as SACD. This enabled users to listen to SACDs without the need of analogue cables or the iLink. It also supported Type A PC connectors.

HDMI 1.3/ 1.3a/1.3b/ 1.3c- This was the last of the four versions of the HDMI cable and supported Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio that is used for Blu-Ray players. Decoding is also offered by AV receivers for such standards. Devices such as the PlayStation 3 can give out output signals that are decoded. Even though 1.3b and 1.3c are available they do not contribute additionally to the cable’s functions.

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