Owning a high-definition television can be captivating, but setting it up with the correct cables is essential to getting the best picture quality. This is where HDMI, or High-Definition Multimedia Interface, comes in. HDMI cables carry high-quality picture as well as surround sound, eliminating the need for multiple audio/video cables.
As of September 2010, the most standard version of HDMI cable is version 1.3, though version 1.4 has been released. According to HDMI Licensing's resources Web page, version 1.3 cables provide high speeds, more than one billion colors and support for Dolby TrueHD audio.
HDTV With HDMI
If you are connecting your HDTV to an HDMI supported device, make sure to use an HDMI version 1.3 or 1.4 cable (the version number is displayed on the cable's packaging). For high-definition cable or satellite TV and DVD players, a standard HDMI cable will transmit 1080i and 720p signals. For use with a Blu-Ray player, a high-speed HDMI cable will transmit 1080p signals.
HDMI With Portable Devices
HDMI cable versions 1.3 and 1.4 support connectors for video systems in vehicles as well as portable devices. HDMI Licensing says all of the power of HDMI can be transmitted through a smaller Type E connector for automobile video systems and through a Micro HDMI connector for portable devices such as phones and cameras.
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