HDMI Cables: What are they, why do I want one & what do I need to know about them?

If you want HDTV and want to experience a 1080p picture which is the clearest picture available as of this writing, and you want the simplest and easiest installation… then you want an HDMI cable.

HDMI Cable

HDMI Cable

What is an HDMI Cable?

An HDMI cable is a single cable that does the work of all of the wires in a component level video cable set. You have to remember that your standard non HD Television set is fed from a single coax wire. The best picture you will get is a 480 lines resolution. Then component level cables came out which could deliver a 720p up to a 1080 high def picture– and people were in ecstasy over them. Now we have an HDMI cable which does all of the work of component cables, delivering the reds, greens, blues and digital audio all on one single cable.

Why Is An HDMI Cable Better?

1- Picture, picture, picture.

Where as component level video cables can deliver up to a 1080i picture, HDMI cables can deliver up to a 1080p picture. That is the best picture in the industry as of this writing. If you want to experience all of the vivid colors from a bluray disc or from your xbox games, then HDMI cables are the way to go.

2- Sheer simplicity. Ther is just one cable, just plug it in and you are ready to go

What Do I Need To Know About HDMI Cables Before Using Them?

1- You are limited by distance. Do not use HDMI cables longer than 50 feet. Otherwise you will lose signal quality. An HDMI booster amplifier will be required if you do so.

2- Not all HDMI cables are created equal. You get what you pay for. There are plenty of cheap hdmi cables on line. So buyer beware. You only want to invest in “1080p certified” cables. If they are not specifically labeled “certified” you will not get the 1080p picture you were hoping for.

3- Learn more in our article the truth about HDMI cables.