We seem to live in a world of acronyms today and HDMI is just another one of them. When we are looking for the correct HDMI component we are, in fact, looking for a High Definition Multimedia Interface cable. It does not really sound as exciting when you put it that way though.
What it actually is in layman’s language is an interface to transmit uncompressed digital data for audio and visual. It is one of the really new inventions as it only started in the 21st century. Since that time it has grown in popularity at an amazing rate. So much so that in January 2009 it had been installed as a base in 600 million HDMI devices.
There are, however, lots of different variations in their specification. The basic specifications are defined as 1.0 through to 1.4. Whilst it is possible to use and connectors and cables, to get the optimum performance level you need to find out which are the correct ones for your particular device.
There are four connector types – Type A, Type B, Type C and Type D. They are not all the same size and one other major difference is the number of pins that each one has.
The HDMI cables do not have a maximum length assigned to them. In fact, their make up is much more important to the quality of sound and picture that they will give us. There are Category 1 cables HDMI Cable in Australia which are the standard ones and Category 2 cables which are high speed cables. You will find the cables are named like HDMI cable 1.3 to reflect the different basic specifications they will operate for.
On any cable HDMI will support any TV or Video format and up to 8 channels of digital audio. HDMI is electrically compatible with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) signals so it is not necessary for signal conversion, there is also no loss of video quality when a DVI to HDMI cable and adapter is used.
HDMI has been introduced to the gaming community in a big way recently. When you connect an Xbox you will need an Xbox 360 HDMI cable for a PlayStation 3, a PlayStation 3 HDMI cable and for a PS3, you will need a ps3 HDMI cable.
The major supplier of HDMI cables is Monster and they are also manufactured by Belkin, Panasonic, Phillips and other leading television manufacturers.
You can now see some of the things that you need to consider in your quest to find the right cable.