Friday, February 25, 2011

Shopping for HDMI Cables – Knowing What to Choose

, which stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, is the new standard of the electronics industry. This type of cable represents a phenomenal leap forward in quality over what was available by using analog component cables in the past. These cables deliver a true digital signal that makes it possible to watch high definition video on your HDTV. Most cable providers have begun offering high-definition television packages to subscribers and most peripheral devices, such as Blu-Ray players, game consoles, and some portable devices, are capable of delivering high-definition picture and sound to your television. There are a few things that you should know before spending money on HDMI cable.

Before considering an HDMI cable, it is important that you check each device that you intend to connect to your high-definition television to ensure that it is capable of utilizing an HDMI cable. Some older televisions and stereos do not have this connection. HDMI has been around for about the last eight years, but it took a little while for it to catch on so some older devices may not have this feature. Once you have determined which devices you intend to connect to your television, it is very important to measure exactly how long you need the cable to be.

The cost of an HDMI cable goes up substantially with the length. While you do not want to buy a cable that is too short, even a few extra unneeded feet can cause the cable to go up in price quite a bit. If you intend to purchase your cable from a store, it is important that you understand that regardless of what the salesperson tells you, there is no great benefit to spending top dollar on a brand name cable. Expensive HDMI cables do not deliver any better picture or sound than cheaper, generic versions.

The cost for a brand name HDMI cable around 10 feet long can easily cost over $100. More expensive models can cost double or triple that. If you intend to connect several devices to your television, buying brand-name cables can get cost prohibitive in no time. Generic cables are available at a fraction of the price and deliver the same high quality results without the high price tag. Most large retailers do not carry generic cables since there is a lot less profit in it for them. Instead, you may want to try buying your HDMI cables from an online retailer in order to save some hard-earned money.

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