One of the side benefits to HDMI that may be overlooked at first is how it enables you to reduce your cords. An analog equivalent to an HDMI cord may need up to eleven separate cords to accomplish the same job. Buying a single HDMI cord is therefore not only less expensive, it's also a good way to clean up your home and simplify keeping track of your machines.

Avoiding the use of overly long cords will help you to get the most use out of your HDMI setup. Coiling excess length can result in cracks in the casing over a long enough period of time. Besides that, it just plain takes up space and makes your setup look less pleasant. Measuring out how much cord you need and only getting that much will help get you an HDMI setup you can live with more happily.

Besides the cord itself, you should also be aware of the quality of the connectors. Since they're the most vulnerable portion of the cord they should be high in quality and made to last. You can insure this by purchasing cords that have a fairly pure grade of gold plating on their connectors.

You can be more sure of the quality of the cord you buy if you select one that has been officially certified. Certifications will insure that the product is able to perform as either a high-speed or at least a standard-speed cord, and is available in many different regions throughout the world.

The different versions of HDMI currently in use vary from 1.0 to various subdivisions of 1.3. While this is a factor when buying **HDMI LCD monitors**, it's not relevant for most cords. The majority of cords that support HDMI can use many different versions.

Upgrading your home entertainment to HDMI can have more benefits besides better quality of picture and sound. Consolidating your different devices through an **HDMI cable** can also allow you to consolidate control of them to a single remote, for instance. There are many other benefits as well offered by various manufacturers. You'll have to explore the products offered by individual companies to get a feel for what's commonly available. These bonuses shouldn't drive up the price of the cables too significantly.

An HDMI cord will often function well with non-HDMI devices. But if you want to get any signal quality benefits from it, you'll need to upgrade your other machines to support HDMI too. This is the largest investment in HDMI use, although it's becoming cheaper as the technology grows more common and easy to manufacture.

Paying more for a cable with certifications, extra finishing touches, and a brand name behind it will pay off over time as it will result in a cord that lasts for years. A much cheaper cord may seem like a bargain initially, but it will usually wear out in a matter of months, so don't buy at the low end unless you're ready to replace the product frequently.