Your Home Theater System Bible

HDMI vs. Other Cable Connections

Dual-mode-HDMI-MHL RxEnjoying the greatest home theater experience every time requires taking advantage of the latest in technology by having the most appropriate equipment, including all the necessary cables to connect all your entertainment gadgets together.

Note that your home theatre is a combination of all other home theatre devices, including your video display device, your sound or audio device, your gaming device, Blu Ray Disc, and so on. Making sure that all of these separate devices are joined as one integral piece to create a synchronised system that will produce stunning images and better quality sound, everything needs to be connected securely and properly.

Of the available forms of connection methods, HDMI short for High Definition Multimedia Interface will be your best option. Although the other methods (cable and direct connection) will work well with any home theater setup, still, HDMI will give you the ultimate audio-video experience that you want. With a single-cable connection for all audio and video requirements for your home theatre that brings out visual images that are second to none, an immersive audio, 3D capture feature, what else could you possibly ask for? Even just considering the idea that you would be making a single connection from all other devices to the HDMI, is already something worth giving the HDMI option a go.

Given that both HDMI as well as a component cable supports 1080p (or 1920 × 1080 progressive scan) video display resolution (certain type of digital devices such as a digital TV, a computer monitor or any other display devices has a specific display resolution or the total number of individual pixels in each dimension that may be displayed and is commonly designated as width x height), it does not necessarily mean that both will produce the same video images. HDMI technology is a densely designed audio-video interface that transfers uncompressed video data as well as both compressed and uncompressed audio data from a compatible HDMI source device (such as the Blu-Ray Disc) to a compatible image or video device, such as the digital television, the computer monitor, and so on.

Since HDMI is compatible with signals produced by a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) that has been created to produce an industry standard for the transfer of digital video and ensures that no signal is wasted in the process of the transfer from the source of the signal to the image display device. However, connecting the signal source by a component cable to the display device would, somehow, result to a lower-resolution of the image projected onto the display device. Hence a much lesser home theatre experience will be enjoyed.

More than a better image projected, a better quality audio is likewise retained with HDMI as it is able to equalise both audio and video processing variations between the various devices, resulting to a perfectly synchronised image and audio produced.

Gratify your senses as you are engulfed by the sound projected by your surround sound system and be amazed as the most vivid images is presented to you through your home theatre device—all made possible by a single-cable connection of HDMI.

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Posted on July 18, 2013 by 0 Comments Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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