HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. I know you are probably thinking, what does that mean and do I need it? I know that this is what I was thinking which is why I contacted some companies who specialize in HDMI accessories to find out more. We come across and use these types of cables all the time in our everyday life with laptops, TVs, games consoles and DVD players – we use them all the time but do not know exactly what they do.
I found that a HDMI cable is basically cable (for sound and visual requirements) that you connect to your devices, such as your television. What then happens is that this cable transmits uncompressed digital data in high definition (HD – a resolution that is considerably higher than that of standard-definition) and provides you with HD viewing without interfering with the quality of the picture of your standard TV mechanisms. So you get high-definition television on HD channels but also normal viewing on non-HD channels – both function through the one HDMI cable.
When it comes to HDMI there are four different types of connectors. But which one will work for you? For high-definition television you would use the nineteen pins connector, for portable devices a mini connector would be needed (also has nineteen pins). The micro connector is similar to the two above but is much smaller and if you are looking to prevent moisture and dirt getting into cables and connections then you can use the automotive connection system which locks to keep the cable in place and prevent it shaking loose.
As you can see, there is a lot of information about HDMI cables and which ones are best for you and the device that you have. I think that the best thing to do is do your research before you buy to make sure that you get the one that is right for you. After all, it can sometimes seem to be very confusing.