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How To Choose The Right HDMI and Other Cables for Your Home Theater System

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The launch of high definition television sets paves the way for the introduction of High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables. HDMI cables are used to transfer data—digital audio and video signals—from one device to another—a DVD player to your HDTV set, for example. Unlike a standard A/V cable, an HDMI cable transmits uncompressed, all-digital signals, leaving you with high-quality audio and video.

If you’re planning to get an HDMI cable (or any other cable), here are some things you must know to get the right one.

HDMI cables (and cables in general) come in different specifications. Not all of them work with your home theater devices. You must take into consideration what cables work with your device. You may find this in your device’s manual, if not, you can ask the store about it. Further, there are also two types of an HDMI cable. Type A is the mainstream consumer type, which delivers both HD audio and video while Type B—although works in the same way as Type A—differs in its size of the plug, which may cause compatibility issues with your device. Type B has higher quality as it is designed for the motion picture industry.

Like other cables, HDMI cables vary in length. You can always choose a cable that best works for you in terms of length. If you need to run a long HDMI cable, you can always get one at any store. However, the length of the cable may impact its performance, as regards the transmission of data. Long cables weaken the signal. The ideal length is 10 meters. Longer than that will need you a repeater—to keep high-quality output—which can be costly and hard to find.

Because HDMI cables have gained popularity, many manufacturers have made their own “version” of the cable. HDMI-accredited companies offer cable products that are long-term tested and of high quality. There are several pirated HDMI cables you’ll find in the market today, so, be careful in picking one. Most of these cables are not only inexpensive but are of low quality as well, and may harm your devices.

Like any product line, HMDI cables vary in price. Although in many instances, high-priced goods mean high quality, there are still HDMI cables that are sold at a reasonable price without compromising quality. Just make sure that when you buy one, it’s sealed and it’s covered under warranty. The seal will tell you that the product is new and it’s tested while the warranty guarantees your satisfaction—that, you can have it replaced or fixed once it’s damaged as long as it’s covered under the terms of the warranty.

All of these will help you find the right cable for your home theater system but by spending more time searching for cables made by trusted and HDMI-certified manufacturers before buying one, you might even find the best one.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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