With the introduction of high definition LCD and plasma TVs, HDMI technology has also become immensely popular. It is an audio video interface used for broadcasting uncompressed digital data between HDTVs and other HD multimedia devices. These devices include HD satellite boxes, HD DVD players and gaming consoles, etc.
HDMI technology offers all digital, crystal clear video and audio signals using a single connectivity cable. As the HDMI technology has different versions available, it is important to get an HDMI cable that is appropriate for your device.
Version 1.4 is the latest and the most updated specification that includes an Ethernet channel. It offers supports for 3D and resolutions up to 4096 X 2160. HDMI version 1.4 is also known as a high-speed cable with Ethernet. The newer version of the HDMI cable is also backwards compatible with the previous versions.
How to buy the right cable
HDMI cables are available in two different categories; high speed and standard cables. They can be used with 780p and 1080i devices. High speed HDMI cables are perfect for 1080p devices like PS3 gaming consoles and Blu-ray players.
When it comes to buying HDMI cables, there are certain things you need to look out for. To reduce the electro magnetic interference, it is important to have ferrite EMI suppressors. It is a round barrel shaped coil that can be found on either side of the HDMI cable. Double and triple shielded cables also help to enhance the quality of the cable.
While gold plated HDMI cables do not have any major effects on the image quality, they do help to reduce oxidation. Cable length and your budget are also some points to consider when buying HDMI cables.