What are HDMI Cables?
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.
|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|
|Super Audio CD Direct Stream Digital(DSD) support||No||No||Yes||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|
|Audio Return Channel||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|4k × 2k Resolution Support||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|