With a myriad of advantages to its name, the HDMI has become the choice cable for most people. Its versatility and convenience, coupled with great performance and delivery, make it a mile ahead of the rest of the connecting cables in the market. Designed to be a single connector transmitting digital high definition content between the audio and video devices, it has certainly lived up to its billing. It not only offers transmission for both audio and video content, it also allows for all in one remote control, and delivers great sound quality, since it is compatible with the high standard sound formats.
To experience all the benefits that come with this great piece of technology, it is important to get the right cable for your purpose. This is important since different needs and conditions require different types of HDMI cables. It is also important because there are several HDMI cables with varying specifications. Since HDMI cables have a universal interface, meaning they can be used with a wide range of devices from AV receivers, surround sound processors, flat panel and projector video displays, digital setup boxes and DVD players, you need to get the right cable for each device. There are several factors you will have to look out for when choosing.
The first thing to check is the cable’s compliance to HDMI standards and specifications. There are several cable versions and each with a set performance standard. A cable can perform the work of lower standard versions up to its level. However, it may not meet the standards of higher placed models. The other factor is the cable category or type. There are two types of HDMI cables; type A which is the standard with 19 pins, and type B, which has 29 pins. The first type supports HDTV resolution and frame rates, while the second type is used for work that demands higher frame rates, like in motion pictures and other professional work.
The other factor to look out for is the cable length. Ordinarily, HDMI cables have a length of 15 feet with some going up 50 feet. The longer the cable the more it will cost and you may risk suffering from signal loss. Length will also be determined with the number of devices you want to include in the circuit. Another important factor is the quality of the cable. You need a high quality cable that allows for better performance and is durable. The 24 AWG type is one such cable. As for price, it should reflect your needs and specifications.