There was a time when HDMI® emerged as the hottest thing in high-definition connections, with everyone talking when the earliest versions like HDMI® 1.3 hit the scene. Now there are cables that support UltraHD and 4K and High Speed HDMI®. If you've heard the talk about HDMI® cables and are wondering what all the buzz is about, read on to learn why high-def audio/video is better than ever.
WHAT ADVANTAGES DO THE LATEST HDMI® CABLES HAVE OVER EARLIER VERSIONS?
The newest HDMI cables have raised just about every aspect of the high definition multimedia connection to a whole new level — take a look at what the new standard has to offer:
- • Higher Bandwidth: While earliest versions of HDMI® had a transfer rate of 165 MHz (4.95 Gbps), HDMI 1.3 more than doubled that original bandwidth, accommodating speeds of 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps). In comparison, 4K HDMI® 2.1a cables support 18Gbps bandwidth.
- • Incomparable Color: The early versions of HDMI® supported only 8-bit color depths, HDMI® 1.3 could deliver 10, 12, and even 16-bit color. On the other hand, 4K HDMI® Cables can transmit High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, reproducing colors as vivid as what the eye can see.
- • State-of-the-Art Audio: HDMI® Cables with 4K have up to 32 audio channels with HDMI® ARC (Audio Return Channel), which reduces the number of cables needed for your sound.
- • Wide Angle Theatrical Quality: Cables capable of supporting 4K HDMI® feature a wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio.
ARE HDMI® CABLES WITH 4K BACKWARD COMPATIBLE?
Yes, 4K HDMI® Cables support electronics, such as older gaming systems equipped with earlier HDMI technology.
CAN 4K HDMI® BE USED WITH PORTABLE DEVICES?
The connection of small personal electronics (like digital cameras and camcorders) to high-definition displays is possible with a cable that connects mini HDMI®-enabled device to HDMI®.
I'VE SEEN CABLES MARKED "HDMI® 2.1A"
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS & HDMI® 2.1?
HDMI® 2.1a supports even greater resolutions with Source-Based Tone Mapping or “SBTM” as the founders and administrators of HDMI® have named it. This feature creates even more lifelike imaging with brighter colors, deeper contrasts and greater details through “mapping.” It was created to enhance gaming experiences and readjust to the display. For the best HDMI® experience, Ultra High Speed Cables should be used.
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