HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) was officially introduced in 2003 but it wasn’t until recently that it has begun to fulfil its full potential. HDMI has the ability to deliver exceptionally high quality sound or vision; meaning pictures should be sharper and an audible difference in video noise. HDMI is compatible with most DVD players, set top boxes and TV’s because it has been around for some time.
HDMI replaces the function of SCART leads and is able to carry sound and pictures simultaneously and is different because it uses digital signals. It is designed to simplify things when linking your AV system together, essentially carrying out more than one function through just the one cable.
Using HDMI cables does not however, guarantee better performance and quality and can not always show HDTV, you will need to look out for a ‘HD Ready’ logo to ensure compatibility between systems.
Good quality cables have always been associated with better signal and better sound and picture, if you want to carry the highest resolution video then higher grade HDMI cables should be used. Don’t be afraid to splash out on the quality of your cabling if you have already spent a small fortune on your TV and sound system.
The price of HDMI cables can vary greatly, so do your research properly. Many people have noted very little difference between a £19.99 cable and a £95 one, but this could entirely depend on your set up. HDMI is designed to be less vulnerable to interference so it is a worthy investment if you do your research before buying. It looks like analogue is soon to be a thing of the past as the digital age continues to rage on, so we would suggest getting with the times and finding out how HDMI can improve your viewing.
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