HDMI – the smart way to get connected
For a long time the connections in home entertainment systems were getting more complicated, and more bulky as well. A VCR used to connect to a TV via the aerial cable. Later, a games machine used three cables – video and left and right audio. Later still, to achieve the best quality picture a DVD player used three component video cables for the picture alone, plus a digital audio connection.
At one stage we were fearful – if we can exaggerate only slightly – that the front of our home theatre receiver might tilt up into the air, given the sheer weight of numbers of the cables plugged into its rear.
Now a new innovation has eliminated this complexity, improved quality, and added a new level of user convenience, all at the same time.
That innovation is HDMI, which stands for ‘High-Definition Multimedia Interface’.
The wonder cable
There is no doubt about it, HDMI is the best way of connecting any device to your TV. If you are using a home theatre surround sound system, HDMI is the best for that as well. The reason is that with HDMI, one cable does everything for you. And does it as well as it can possibly be done. So with a simple clip in to a HDTV receiver (or DVD player, or Blu-ray player) at one end, and the TV at the other you get the best of everything.
The picture quality is in full digital format. By using HDMI you avoid the quality sapping digital-to-analog (and then analog-to-digital) conversions that occur when sound and picture is transferred from other equipment to a television for display. HDMI supports full high definition video, all the way up to the progressive scan version of 1080 video. No other cable can do this, so if you want the best picture that current technology allows, only HDMI delivers.