Understanding HDMI cables

Individuals often fail to recognise the importance of investing in good connection cables. Using the right cable for your audio and video equipment enhances its sound and picture capabilities. There are many cables available today that serve your audio and video needs. Out of these, HDMI prove to be the most popular.

What are HDMI cables?

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables are high end interface ports that transmit digital signals. They are generally used on high end electronic devices like HD DVR, Blu-ray disc players, Microsoft’s X-box, Sony’s playstation and the Nintendo Wii.

The different available versions

There are different versions of HDMI available. So individuals often find themselves in a dilemma while choosing which one to use. HDMI cables vary from versions 1.0 to 1.4. Version 1.0 being the oldest and 1.4 the latest. Each has some benefit over the other. The latest one (HDMI 1.4) offers increased bandwidth and advanced picture quality when you compare it to older versions of HDMI.

The benefits of using HDMI over analogue cables

HDMI cables convert analogue signals into digital without decompressing transmission. This means picture and audio quality is not compromised. Since it transmits signals through a single port, there is also no need to use separate cables for audio and video transmission. This avoids the clutter of wires. HDMI cables also support multiple audio formats and 3D, which gives users an enhanced audio and video experience.

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