Understanding the difference between HDMI and DVI

HDTV is one of the most popular forms of video viewing. Unlike the traditional CRT TVs, HDTVs are superior in terms of the image and video clarity they offer. Be it a plasma TV, LCD or LED TV, all support the HDTV format. However, there are many television screens that presently work on DVI (Digital Video Interface) technology.

When you need to interconnect an HDTV with the conventional DVI interface, using HDMI cables will be a good option. Before getting an HDMI cable, it is important to understand the functioning and working of the technology.

Things to know about DVI

DVI or digital video interface was earlier an industry standard. It was specially developed for displaying high resolution images on the digital TV screen. This is pretty different from VGA monitors that used picture tube technology. The key aspect of DVI technology is purely video interface. Thus, this technology was only meant for transferring digital video signals. For audio transmission, a separate interface was required.

HDMI technology

The HDMI technology is the newest form of digital audio video interface. It is a major improvement over the earlier DVI technology. HDMI technology is specially developed for carrying both audio and video signals. It also offers improved picture quality displayed on screen by increasing the per frame pixel count.

HDMI cables can be used for connecting your HDTV receiver to HD multimedia devices, gaming consoles and other devices. The technology also offers a great viewing experience which was not possible with the earlier technologies.

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