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Understanding the Differences Between HDMI Cables HDMI cables were designed to provide a crisp, high quality picture and outstanding audio quality. They do just that. When purchasing an HDMI cable it is easy to forget the fact that there are multiple types of HDMI cables available.

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Understanding the Differences Between HDMI Cables

HDMI cables were designed to provide a crisp, high quality picture and outstanding audio quality. They do just that. When purchasing an HDMI cable it is easy to forget the fact that there are multiple types of HDMI cables available. Something that is absolutely essential is that you purchase a cord that actually coincides with the device you are using. It can be intimidating looking at the massive selections available. Hopefully, this article will help you to have a better understanding of the five different HDMI cables available and all of their uses.

The most commonly used types of HDMI cable are types A and B, or a regular HDMI, and is defined under HDMI 1.0 specifications. These types of HDMI cables are usually used with TVs, DVD players, computers, and video game consoles. They come in high speed and standard. The majority of devices only require a standard speed cable. However, a high speed HDMI cord can prove to be quite beneficial. The reason is that devices are increasing bandwidth capabilities. These HDMI cables are ready to perform at the increased speeds that new technologies require. HDMI type B has an extended 29 pin connector, and is slightly wider than the Type A. This design is less commonly used and is designed to support resolutions greater than 1080p.

The next type of HDMI cable available is type C, or mini HDMI. This type of cable is designed for DSLR cameras and standard sized tablets and is defined in the HDMI 1.3 specification. The Mini provides the exact same video and audio quality as a regular HDMI and uses a slightly different design that features a 19 pin configuration. The biggest difference between the two is merely the size. The Mini is much smaller and is designed for use with smaller devices.

The type D and E HDMI cables are also known as micro HDMI cables. They have the same configuration as a standard HDMI and use a 19 pin configuration. They are defined in the HDMI 1.4 specification and deliver the quality picture and sound you would expect. This type of cord is usually used when connecting a smart phone or small tablet to a HD television. Current producers offer micro to regular HDMI cables that make this process very convenient and simple.

Not only are there many different types of HDMI cords available, there are also wide varieties of options available for each. It is important to find the right cable to fit your needs. There's the option of purchasing a high speed cable. This can be a good choice because it will stay relevant as technology advances. The only thing to remember is to check your devices speed compatibility. Another option that is available is an Ethernet HDMI cable. This type of cable allows for internet ready entertainment devices to connect to the internet without any need for a separate Ethernet cable. These devices include gaming consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, and more. This can be convenient for some and unnecessary for others depending on what their needs are.

When you are looking to purchase a new HDMI cable it is important to do your research. Make sure you know the type of cable you need and what option you would prefer. Something that is highly recommend is to buy a certified HDMI cable. This means that it has been tested and meets the specifications required. Although certified cables may be more expensive, they will prove to last longer because of their better quality. Take your time and decide on a cable that fits your needs perfectly.

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