Have you recently purchased an HDTV, a progressive scan DVD player or an HD DVR set top box? If you have, then you probably have a device with HDMI. What about a Sony PS3, a Blu-ray Disc player or an HD DVD™ player – if you have one of these, you have HDMI.What is HDMI?
HDMI is an all-digital interface that delivers crystal clear audio and video via a single cable. HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface and was created by a group of industry leaders, including Sony, Hitachi, Thomson (RCA), Philips, Matsushita (Panasonic), Toshiba, and Silicon Image.
HDMI is designed to make it easy for consumers to enjoy the wide variety of high-quality digital entertainment available today and coming in the future. A single cable solution, HDMI makes home entertainment setup easier. What previously required anywhere from four to eleven cables – component video (three cables) and either one digital audio cable (S/PDIF) or up to eight analog audio cables – is now possible with just one high-quality digital cable.
HDMI is all digital. In order to understand the importance of HDMI as a digital connection you need to compare it to a conventional analog connection. Let’s use a DVD player as an example.
With analog, the digital signal from the DVD player must first be converted to analog AND THEN sent to the TV. At the TV, the signal is converted back to digital and displayed. Consequently, picture quality issues can occur. Converting from digital to analog then back to digital can cause signal degradation and picture errors
With a digital signal, such as HDMI, the DVD signal is transmitted to the TV without any converting. It’s pure digital to digital so you can experience the highest possible picture and audio quality.How do I know if I have HDMI?
First, look for the logo on your product (such as your HDTV, your HD DVD™ or Blu-ray Disc™ player or your cable packaging).
How do I connect my HDMI devices?
We have an array of connection guides for you in our Connection Guide section.
What if I don’t have HDMI on all my devices?
Why should I look for HDMI?
High Definition is consistently advancing and so is HDMI.. Evolving technologies in video displays (1080p1440p and beyond), new sources (Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD™, and Playstation® 3), and content (1080p HD movies and games) demand more advanced cables.
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