FAQ About HDMI Cables

FAQ About HDMI Cables

Are you confused by the variety in types of AV equipment? Maybe you are trying to hook up your Blu-ray player to your television, but there are just too many cords, wires, plugs, and pieces. You’re not alone. Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions about HDMI cables.

What exactly do high-speed HDMI cables do?

High-speed HDMI cables are the standard connection for audio/video devices. An HDMI cable will carry both the audio and video signals from your device to your display. Similar to USB cables, they just simply plug in. HDMI cables transmit encrypted, uncompressed digital video and audio from one source (Blu-ray, computer, or HD cable box) to a high definition monitor.

What length HDMI cable do I need?

The length of the cable is not relevant when it comes to the quality of the audio and video. The only instance in which the length of the cable matters is when you are working with a great distance. If you need a cable that is 100 feet or longer, it is wise to invest in an HDMI cable specifically designed for that purpose.

What types of HDMI cables are there?

There are three types of HDMI cables: HDMI Standard, HDMI Standard with Ethernet, and HDMI Standard Automotive.

Are HDMI cables expensive?

It’s a common myth that HDMI cables are expensive. While stores can charge a great deal of money for a single HDMI cable, you should not feel obligated to pay that asking price.

What is the difference between an HDMI cable and a DVI cable?

The biggest difference between the two input-output media interfaces is in their layouts. A DVI cable is usually bigger in size while an HDMI is more compact and resembles a USB cable. Another major difference is in capability: the HDMI supports audio and video, whereas the DVI is strictly video-only.

Should I get an HDMI or a DVI cable?

This will depend on what inputs your tech has. HDMI is more common so the cable is likely to fit just about any modern laptop, monitor, or game console. However, if you are trying to connect a laptop to a monitor and one requires HDMI while the other can only connect with DVI, there is a solution. Adapters are available to connect the two, as are special cables known as HDMI to DVI cables.

If you have any additional questions regarding HDMI and DVI cables or other AV interfaces, leave them in the comments section below.


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