Audio and video hookups are much simpler today than even a few years ago. There’s no need for multiple audio and video hookups because that’s all taken care of by the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cord. Are all HDMI cords created equally though? Can’t you just look for an HDMI cord on Amazon? Unfortunately, finding the best-rated HDMI cable isn’t that simple. Here’s a few things to consider before purchasing your next HDMI cable.
Besides being a simple, single connection, HDMI cables are quickly becoming the first choice for video and audio connectivity, because they connect things like Blu-ray players, gaming systems, cable boxes, and other media players. To get a real HD connection, you’ve got to use HDMI cables. HDMI connections support up to 1080p video resolution, they carry 3D video signals, and they’re capable of supporting high quality 24-bit 192kHz audio.
Not all HDMI cables are the same. And now, there’s an updated HDMI cable, HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.0 allows for a greater bandwidth connection, up to 18Gbps. This is 4 times the clarity of the current 1080p video. This bandwidth connection is better able to handle higher resolutions and frame rates. HDMI 2.0 cables are better equipped to support 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. This creates a better resolution for 4K video, 3D content, home videos, and computer games.
HDMI 2.0 can handle up to 32 audio channels at up to 1536kHz. This allows for an immersive and amazing audio experience
The biggest thing about HDMI 2.0 is the increase in possible data transmission. HDMI 2.0 creates a wider “pipe”, allowing more data to be transmitted from the source (PC or 4K Blu-ray player). This allows for a big increase in frame rate and at a higher resolution. HDMI 2.0 also allows a dual video stream, which means you can have two HD shows on the screen at the same time. This would let you watch two shows simultaneously, or have a video game on the screen, while you watch TV. This cool ability is being built into new TVs, and HDMI 2.0 makes this possible.
HDMI 2.0 also supports an aspect ratio of 21:9. While there aren’t currently a lot of 21:9 displays, (only a few TVs and projectors) this will become more popular in the near future.
Tips for Choosing the Best HDMI Cable
Most new technology comes with an HDMI cable already in the box, so most people don’t go out and buy new ones. If you want the best possible audio and video experience, you may need to buy a new cable. The longer the cable, the greater need for a higher quality cable. Each cable manufacturer uses different materials and construction methods. Some of these cables aren’t built to carry a high-quality signal over an extended length of cable. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s rating for each cable length. As the signal travels through the cable, it will encounter resistance. The signal meets an increasing amount of resistance, especially if the cable is longer than 12 feet. Higher quality cables have a higher wire gauge and are shielded to reduce the resistance the signal encounters.
It’s important to know the wire gauge for your HDMI cable. Not all HDMI cables use the same wire, and some are thicker than others. The gauge of the wire is determined by how many trimmings it needs to reach its size. The fewer trimmings, the thicker the wire (22 gauge is thicker than 28 gauge). The thicker the wire, the more bandwidth it can handle.
One of the biggest perks to HDMI 2.0, is that it’s built using existing connectors and is backwards compatible with older connections. As long as you have a “High Speed” HDMI cord, you won’t need to purchase a new cable when HDMI 2.0 becomes available. HDMI 2.0 will also work with connections built for the current HDMI 1.4 specs.
To best understand what HDMI cable is best for you, don’t hesitate to ask an expert. It’s important that you do more research than reading product reviews and descriptions online. Everyone has different needs for HDMI cables, and if you get a cheap cable, you can’t expect it to deliver the quality content you want for your home theater or media center.