There’s more reason now than ever to hop on board the HDMI train. The market for HDTVs is growing at a faster rate, and television providers are offering more high-definition viewing choices. Blu-ray is gaining plenty of ground on traditional DVDs. These days, the coaxial cable simply doesn’t hold a candle to the HDMI cable in terms of signal quality, color depth and resolution.

High-definition televisions are the obvious reason for switching to HDMI cables. A modern, hi-def TV without HDMI is honestly a waste of money. HDMI maximizes the picture and audio quality on both movies and cable television. User can even bring the hi-def experience to other devices, such as desktop computers.

Blu-ray movies simply don’t look as crisp or clean when not displayed on a hi-def television with an HDMI connection. If an individual has already invested in a blu-ray player, blu-ray movies and a cutting-edge TV, it only makes sense to invest in the cables. The cost for a few feet of HDMI cable is minor compared to the cost of the television and blu-ray hardware. Similarly, a pricey hi-def computer monitor is a waste of desk space if not hooked up with the proper cables, namely HDMI cables.

Traditional computer monitor inputs include the DIV and VGA cable. These deliver reasonably good signal, but still pale in comparison to the potential of an HDMI cord. However, older monitors, just like older TVs, will not support this new technology. Therefore, switching to HDMI may require a technology upgrade on several fronts.

Before going all in and switching all one’s technology to hi-def, consumers should make a quick estimate of the costs involved. For those on a limited budget, start slow and replace one device at a time. The HDMI format likely isn’t’ going anywhere for a long time. In fact, most consumer electronics manufacturers have made a strong commitment to make all of their devices compatible with the HDMI standard. For older technologies – DVI, VGA, coaxial – some manufactures have developed efficient adapter kits that deliver the same great results as a straight HDMI cable.

For consumers wanting to spread their hi-def content across several screens, an HDMI splitter can send a single signal to more than one compatible device. The same rich color and level of detail can be presented on a computer screen, laptop, or large, flat panel television with an HDMI splitter.

When making the switch to HDMI, consumers are encouraged to shop around and find the highest quality cables at the most reasonable prices. The best cables will be sturdily constructed of high-quality components. A slightly higher investment upfront will translate into a longer lasting cable that delivers exceptional images for many years to come.