Everything you need to know about HDMI Cable
What is HDMI Cable?
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface which is a compact audiovisual interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data.
Hailed as the next generation of audiovisual cabling, HDMI Cable was first introduced in 2003 and is now widely used as a digital alternative to consumer analog standards and connects digitial audiovisual sources, such as TV set-up box, High Definition DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, video game consoles such as PS3, Xbox 360 to compatible digital audio devices and digital televisions.
The difference between HDMI Cable and Analog Cable
One of the highest quality aspect of the analog cable is called "component" and it refers to an analog video information that is transmitted or stored as three separate signals symbolizes in three different color-cables (red, green and blue. If people have an analog cable connected to a digital sources (such as LCD monitor), all digital audiovisual must be converted into analog signals to travel through the analog cable, and then re-converted back into digital at the receiving end, which will lead to a significant loss in output quality and signal degradation.
So when people use HDMI Cable to connect 1080p High Digital Sources such as Blu-Ray DVD Player, PS3 and XBox 360 to your High Definition TV, HDMI will deliver the best image quality and can handle high-definition video of up to 1080p resolution and at 60fps. No loss in output quality will be experienced by HDMI Cable. However, if you have a standard DVD player and non-digital sources, you can just use the analog cable.
Recommended Long-Length HDMI Cables
This Link Depot HDMI Cable connects easily to your HDMI TV, LCD projector, DVD player, or set-top box. This cable features gold-plated connectors for a long, corrosion-free life. Its generous 25-foot length gives you the freedom to place components right where you need them.
Cheap -v- Expensive HDMI Cables
People sometimes confused with the price difference for HDMI Cable. One store may sell it for $100, while the other store sells it for $10.
So how much do you have to pay for a good quality HDMI Cable?
If you only need a short cable (ie. 1m HDMI Cable), the cheap HDMI Cable delivers exactly the same result as the expensive HDMI Cable. Because all HDMI Cable transmits digital signal and it does not matter how much do people pay for it, the end result and output is the same. The price difference exists because of the difference of plating at the end /the shielding (gold plated connector will obviously costs more than a plastic & tin connector) of HDMI Cable.
So, don't pay up to $100 dollar for a HDMI Cable at your local retailer, even if they say that that cable has better signal quality than the cheap plastic-like HDMI cable from Ebay. It serves exactly the same purpose - deliver the digital signal. If you pay more than $10, you've been ripped off.
Things to note when purchasing a HDMI Cable:
1. Ensure the type of HDMI Cable is the correct type/specs for your digital device.
2. If you require a short HDMI Cable, then just purchase the cheap one. You can get a $5-$10 top quality HDMI Cable that is made with a metal connector instead of a moulded plug. Shop Around.
3. Check all the pins and make sure none of the pins are bended nor broken.
4. If you require a longer HDMI Cable (more than 1m), buy the more high-quality cable which can support a higher resolution output (1080p). Because the cheap HDMI Cable usually maxed out at 720p and has lesser output quality.
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