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Everything you need to know about HDMI cables!

About HDMI cables:

HDMI cable: The Catalyst for the DTV Revolution
Backed by some of the industry's biggest names, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables will enable true high definition audio/video content for consumers. Content providers, system operators and consumer electronics manufacturers are rallying behind a standard that will finally deliver on DTV's long-awaited promises.

What are HDMI cables?
HDMI cables are the first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface cable. HDMI stands for "High-Definition Multimedia Interface". By delivering crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video signals with a single cable, HDMI cables dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide consumers with the highest-quality home theater experience. HDMI connection jacks are most often found on home theater devices that are capable of outputting some form of digital High Definition video signals such as digital HDTV televisions & projectors, up converting HD DVD players, HDTV cable & satellite boxes, home theater receivers and digital video recorders. 

HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports 8-channel, 192kHz, uncompressed digital audio and all currently-available compressed formats (such as Dolby Digital and DTS), HDMI version 1.3 adds additional support for new lossless digital audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements. HDMI 1.3, released in June of 2006, is backwards compatible with all previous HDMI versions.

How many HDMI cables do I need?
Typically, for most consumers who have a home theater system will need 3 HDMI cables for optimal system performance and ease of use; 2 shorter cables (usually 1-2 meters in length) coming from source devices such as a high definition cable or satellite box and up converting HD DVD player connects to the HDMI inputs of  the digital home theater receiver. Then usually, 1 longer HDMI cable (usually 2-15 meters in length) connects from the HDMI monitor output of the home theater receiver and connects to the HDMI input of the high definition television or projector. Since the quality of cables are typically the weakest link in any home system, we recommend budgeting for the very best cables to realize maximum performance from the investment you made in your home system.   


Who supports HDMI cables?
HDMI cables are the de facto standard digital interface for the High Definition and consumer electronics market: More than 400 companies have become adopters, and more than 60 million devices featuring HDMI connectors are expected to ship in 2006. HDMI equipped Personal Computers enables PCs to deliver premium media content including high definition movies and multi-channel audio formats. HDMI is the only interface enabling connections to both HDTVs and digital PC monitors implementing the DVI and HDMI standards.

HDMI cables and adapters by Monster have been developed in a joint partnership with HDMI founder, Silicon Image. Silicon Image and Monster have worked together to deliver HDMI's crystal-clear, all-digital, high-definition video and multi-channel audio.

How do consumers benefit from HDMI cable connections?

  • Quality: HDMI cables transfers uncompressed digital audio and video for the highest, crispest image quality.
  • All-Digital: High quality HDMI cables, such as Monster Cables M1000DAV M Series Reference HDMI cable,  ensure an all-digital rendering of video without the losses associated with analog interfaces and their unnecessary digital-to-analog conversions.
  • Low-cost: When you consider what it would cost to purchase two separate high performance cables; 1 for video and 1 for audio; HDMI cables present a more cost-effective high performance solution combining both in a single cable.
  • Audio: HDMI cables support multiple digital audio formats, from standard stereo to multi-channel surround-sound.
  • Ease-of-use: HDMI cables combine video and multi-channel audio into a single cable, eliminating the cost, complexity and confusion of multiple cables currently used in many audio video systems. 
  • Intelligence: HDMI cables support two-way communication between the video source (such as a DVD player) and the digital television, enabling new functionality such as automatic configuration and one-touch play.

What is the life expectancy of HDMI?
HDTV uses less than 1/2 of HDMI's available 5 Gbps bandwidth. With capacity to spare, HDMI can incorporate new technology advancements and capabilities long into the foreseeable future.

Is HDMI backward-compatible with DVI (Digital Visual Interface)?
Yes, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI using the CEA-861 profile for DTVs. HDMI DTVs will display video received from existing DVI-equipped products, and DVI-equipped TVs will display video from HDMI sources.

Will current HD TVs and set-top boxes using DVI-HDTV be compatible with HDMI devices?
Yes. Currently there are TVs with DVI-HDTV inputs available from a variety of manufacturers. Those devices will be compatible with future HDMI-equipped products.

What types of video does HDMI support?
HDMI has the capacity to support existing high-definition video formats (720p, 1080i, and even 1080p). It also has the flexibility to support enhanced definition formats such as 480p, as well as standard definition formats such as NTSC or PAL.

What's new in HDMI version 1.3?

  • Higher speed: Even though all previous versions of HDMI have had more than enough bandwidth to support all current HDTV formats, HDMI version 1.3 increases its single-link bandwidth to 340MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support the demands of future High Definition display devices, such as higher resolutions, Deep Color and high frame rates. In addition, built into the HDMI version 1.3 specification is the technical foundation that will let future versions of HDMI reach significantly higher speeds.
  • Deep Color: HDMI version 1.3 supports 30-bit, 36-bit and 48-bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths, up from the 24-bit depths in previous versions of the HDMI specification, for stunning rendering of over one billion colors in unprecedented detail.
  • Broader color space: HDMI version 1.3 adds support for “xvYCC” color standard, which removes current color space limitations and enables the display of any color viewable by the human eye.
  • Lip Sync: Because consumer electronics devices are using increasingly complex digital signal processing to enhance the clarity and detail of the content, synchronization of video and audio in user devices has become a greater challenge and could potentially require complex end-user adjustments. HDMI 1.3 incorporates automatic audio synching capabilities that allows devices to perform this synchronization automatically with total accuracy.
  • New HD lossless audio formats: In addition to HDMI’s current ability to support high-bandwidth uncompressed digital audio and all currently-available compressed formats (such as Dolby® Digital and DTS®), HDMI 1.3 adds additional support for new lossless compressed digital audio formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™.

What products or applications will take advantage of new HDMI version 1.3 capabilities?                     According to announcements by manufacturers, new high-definition DVD formats (HD-DVD and Blu-ray) and game machines (including the Sony PLAYSTATION® 3) will make use of capabilities added in HDMI 1.3. Digital televisions will be able to present images that are closer to real life than previously has been possible. These will include LCD TVs, plasma displays and rear projection microdisplays. The PS3 which is scheduled to ship in November 2006, will be the first source product to provide such high quality imagery to these displays. It is expected that hi-def DVD players will follow early in 2007 with HDMI 1.3 support. A/V Receivers that can decode DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD will start to show up early in 2007 as well. Please check with the manufacturers for details.

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