Navigating HDMI Options

HDMI Cable

Nowadays the standard method of transmitting audio and video information from a computer device to screens at home, in the office, and in theatres is through a HDMI cable.

HDMIs, as every schoolboy knows, transmit high-definition digital data from one source to another, and depending on the type of cable chosen these cables can produce clear and crisp images similar to that on the source device or slightly downgrade the image and sound from source. Although there is a clue in the name. High definition means at least 1080p resolution, so if your source image matches at least that spec then any HDMI cable should transmit that resolution.

But when the screens get bigger, say in a cinema environment the range of resolution can be noticeable. There are, for example, notable differences between 4k and 8k HDMI cables in terms of resolution, refresh rate and overall bandwidth when viewed in a large-screen cinema.  

As we know, high-definition audio and video signals are transmitted through HDMI cables, essential in most modern TVs and monitors, It is typical nowadays for smart television and projectors to have more than one HDMI input port.  The large standard HDMI cables are used for computers, TVS, and laptops, while the smaller mini(type c) and micro (type D) are commonly used for recording devices, tablets, and gaming consoles. Most tech-savvy individuals have a supply of both types.

The one feature HDMI cables have in common is that they are shaped trapezium with a 19-pin configuration allowing sound and vision to flow through copper cables from one device to another. The resolution of a cable reflects the number of pixels that are scanned in the process. The bandwidth refers to the frequency range that data can he transferred.

Nowadays the world screams 4K, and with higher contrast ratios, enhanced colour quality we can see what all the fuss is about. 4K is more popular than ever, and to appreciate the upgrade in resolution you are required to upgrade to a 4k HDMI cable, but keep in mind most TVs and monitors are not capable of displaying images over high resolution 1080p, so make sure you have a screen that can handle what your device and cable can.

Most of us would be lost without our HDMI when enjoying the vast range of entertainment on open media sites such as YouTube, With a 4k television and 4k HDMI cable these viewings are enhanced. YouTube content creators are encouraged to upload in 4k.

The HDMI 2.1 8k cables have now arisen, and are understandably not a trend in the market yet. While 33 million pixels might seem attractive the screens capable and the data storage devices required are not really practical. Let’s leave 6k and 8k to the cinema theatres for the time being.  The type of HDMI cable you need depends on your monitor or TV, for most people a standard cable will function well enough but it is certainly worth looking towards an upgrade to a 4k display and a 4k HDMI cable to bridge the data.  

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