Why should I consider HDMI cables?

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Today’s high-definition home theaters run on digital audio and video, and HDMI™ is the connection of choice. That’s because HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) delivers crystal-clear digital video and audio via a single cable, dramatically simplifying cabling and helping A/V fans enjoy the best possible home theater experience.

HDMI’s pure-digital interface is the best way to connect high-resolution components — Blu-ray players, the PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360™ game consoles, and HD-capable satellite and cable TV set-top boxes — to HDMI-equipped high-definition TVs and home theater receivers.

Looking ahead, HDMI could be the only HD-capable connection. After December 31, 2010, equipment manufacturers will not be allowed to introduce new models with component video outputs capable of higher than standard-definition (480i) resolution. And as of January 1, 2011, disc makers will have the option of inserting a “digital flag” into a Blu-ray disc that will limit component video resolution to 480i. So if you like high-definition pictures — and who doesn’t? — you’ll definitely want HDMI connections on your gear.

The ability to send high-definition video and multichannel audio over a single cable is unique to HDMI, but this interface offers other big advantages:

  • Ability to carry 3D video: HDMI is the only connection that can carry 3D video signals from components like a Blu-ray 3D™ player to your 3D TV.
  • More than just audio and video: A standard HDMI connector has 19 pins, which carry not only audio and video data, but also 2-way control and identification information, and even low-voltage power. The most recent HDMI cables, labeled “1.4”, can also provide an Internet connection between compatible devices.
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