A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection is presently the best solution for absolutely clear digital image and audio. Connect your PS3, XBOX 360, Blu-ray DVD player, home cinema, cable TV or computer and enjoy the best viewing experience with the so frustrating maze of cables.
1. Cons of HDMI Wiring
– The biggest con of an HDMI cable is its simplicity; one cord to connect them all. Supporting all video formats and multichannel audio, it delivers maximum performance without losing quality. Multiple connections used to compress digital signal to display image and sound but with significant performance loss. The HDMI cable on the other hand shows off 1080p uncompressed digital video and outstanding, eight-channel digital sound on a single cable.
– An HDMI connection is currently the only way to deliver 3D image. If you own a 3D TV and wish to connect it with a high-tech device, then an HDMI cable is ideal for you.
– The innovative HDMI technology also enables its users to manage all connected devices via a single remote control. It even supports low-power consumption mostly due to its ability to identify and deliver multiple digital and audio sources via the 19 pin connector.
– The latest technology HDMI cords (1.4) also features built-in Ethernet capability providing internet access between two compatible devices such as a TV and a gaming internet console.
2. HDMI Cable Types
Since its official release in December 2002, the HDMI technology has produced four different types. In particular:
– Type A: nineteen pins and 14mm length able to support all digital formats.
– Type B: 29 pins and 21mm length supporting also dual-link DVI-D.
– Type C: the type C mini HDMI connector is ideal for portable devices. It features 19 pins and is 10mm long for easy use.
– Type D: considerably smaller than type C, only 3mm long, the type D is also known as a micro-USB 19 pin connector mostly used for laptops or even latest technology smartphones with HDMI mini port.
3. How to Choose
– Check the devices you wish to connect; all parts need to accept HDMI connection. If so, the choice is rather easy as almost all HDMI cables regardless the manufacturer company delivers the same superb video and audio quality.
– Measure the distance between the devices you wish to connect. HDMI experts strongly claim that length does not affect the cable’s performance.
– If you own a 3D TV, then only the HDMI 1.4 connector is ideal for you. Otherwise, you will probably end up with a blank screen.
– For the outmost viewing experience, choose a High Speed HDMI cable.