How to Wire an HDMI


High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is a single-cable solution designed to carry high bandwidth digital audio and video. Advantages include lossless audio from sources such as Blu-ray, to full 1080p high definition video. Additionally, using HDMI --- even for basic video --- means that a single cable can be used directly to a display, negating the need for multiple cable runs. HDMI can, therefore, be deployed in the most basic and the most elaborate of media systems.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable(s)
  • Access the rear of the source devices (i.e., DVD, satellite, Blu-ray). Locate the HDMI port on the rear of each.

  • Find the HDMI ports on the rear of the display. Insert one end of the HDMI cable carefully into the HDMI port for each device. Be certain that the cable is inserted straight in, to avoid damaging the delicate pins contained inside the connectors.

  • Route each cable to the individual inputs on the rear of the display. Insert the cables, observing the same level of care as on the rear of the components.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use of an A/V receiver with multiple HDMI inputs means that lossless audio can be decoded inside the receiver, in larger systems. This also means that only one HDMI cable need be run to the display, since the receiver will also perform the switching.
  • Outboard switchers are also available; however, these only pass through the signal to the display, not decoding anything. These are useful for systems that have multiple HDMI feeds with no external audio systems, and are a fraction of the cost of an HDMI-equipped A/V receiver.

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