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What are HDMI Cables?

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A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable is able to transfer audio and video from one source to another source destination.   HDMI is a high-resolution replacement to standard audio/video (AV) cables.  Standard cables (such as composite RCA, Component video, 2-channel audio, and more) are analog cables, where as HDMI is considered a digital cable.  This cable supports the high bandwidth requirements of higher definition devices, such as Blu-ray players, HD stations, the Playstation 3, and more.  Because HDMI is able to support the transfer of high data-rates, it has the ability to transfer uncompressed data for a more accurate image.

Some of the benefits of HDMI:

  • Supports full 1080p HD resolution
  • Enables the transfer of surround sound audio (8 Channels)
  • Replaces up to 5 different A/V cables with one HDMI cable
  • Enables the transfer of Ethernet
  • HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)

One of the greatest advantages of HDMI cables over other cables is the fact that it is an evolving cable.  This means that as technology advances, this cable is able to change to support the latest features.  Traditionally, these cables were categorized with version numbers.  As you can see in the chart below, different versions of cables will support different features.  The newer the cable, the more features that it is going to support.  Monster Cable HDMI cables have introduced a new “Speed Rating” that is changing the way that these cables are rated and categorized.  By rating cables with particular speeds, the consumer is able to determine which cable they need for their particular home theater needs.  Having the correct HDMI cable will allow you to get the most out of your HD Television, Blu-ray player, and other high-definition components.

Supported Features VS HDMI Version Number 

Supported Features 1.0 1.1 1.2
1.2a
1.3 1.3a
1.3b
1.3b1
1.3c
1.4
sRGB Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YCbCr Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
8 channel LPCM, 192kHz, 24bit audio capability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD video and audio at full resolution Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVD-Audio support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Super Audio CD Direct Stream Digital(DSD) support No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deep Color No No No Yes Yes Yes
xxYCC No No No Yes Yes Yes
Auto lip-sync No No No Yes Yes Yes
Dolby TrueHD bitstream capable No No No Yes Yes Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream capable No No No Yes Yes Yes
Updated list of CEC commands No No No No Yes Yes
3D Over HDMI No No No No No Yes
Ethernet Channel No No No No No Yes
Audio Return Channel No No No No No Yes
4k × 2k Resolution Support No No No No No Yes

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Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.
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