Televisions, DVD players, and Blu-ray players are all able to provide high quality HD video and audio output. Many customers focus on the brand of the components with little regard to the quality of the HDMI cable. However, it is often the cables that can make or break the quality of the final signal. HDMI cables aren’t something as basic as a power cord – there is a lot more technology inside the cable that many realize.

HDMI, which stands for high definition multimedia interface, provides a digital connection between high definition TVs and components. The specifications on these cables are designed to keep up with the advancement in HD multimedia devices.

It’s possible to eliminate many of the standard cables normally used to connect audio and video with the use of a single HDMI cable. One HDMI cable will replace video cables, audio cables, and eventually an Ethernet link between HD Source devices and TV’s.

Shopping for HDMI cables will vary based upon the device using the cable. Many Smart phones, tablets and portable devices now come with mini HDMI or micro HDMI ports built-in. There are also dock connector adapters for iPhones and iPads allowing you to connect a HDMI cable to Apple portable devices.

You no longer have to settle for DVD movies or what’s currently playing on cable. Streaming video and photo slide shows can be played from Smart Phones, tablets or portable devices on your big screen TV. With newHDTVs that have a 1080p, 3D and smart features, viewing home movies and slide shows is more exciting than ever before.

The main reason consumers are looking to upgrade their older legacy cables to the newer HDMI cable is because of the improved performance. It is now possible to get a higher level of resolution than ever before from your high definition components. This is due to the increased bandwidth of the HDMI cable. That can transfer data at a staggering 10.2 gbps for a maximum resolution of 4000x2000. Legacy cables can only offer a fraction of this performance.

Electronic devices are now cheap. Consumers are paying good money to get the best performance from their high definition Blu-ray player and cable box. The problem that many consumers make however, is that they often try to save money by using component or composite cables. This completely defeats the purpose of buying the high definition component because the legacy cables are not capable of transmitting at the same bandwidth, causing sub par audio and video signals.

The HDMI cable is going to transmit uncompressed digital signals to and from the television and the components. With just one cable, it is possible to send both digital audio and multichannel surround sound. Thus the HDMI cable eliminates the need for multiple runs of legacy cables with inferior quality. The result is the best possible quality on your equipment.

An HDMI splitter can be used to split the HDMI signal between various components. You can use a splitter to view one Blu-ray player on two or more displays throughout the room. Likewise if you need to add more HDMI devices to a television that has reached its max, you can use a switch to increase the number of HDMI ports you have available to you.

HDMI has evolved over the years. The speed and capabilities have increased all while maintaining backwards compatibility. The HDMI cable is not even using all of its potential yet which means it is a great medium to use into the future. Anyone that has put money into their electronics would be doing themselves a great disservice to use anything other than a HDMI cable.