Quick Guide: HDMI and HDMI cables Updated June 10, 2010 11:47 AM PDT
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HDMI and HDMI cables
In just a few years, HDMI has become the standard audio and video
connection for high-definition home theater gear. Every new HDTV has at
least two HDMI inputs, and gadgets such as DVRs, DVD players, Blu-ray
players, game consoles, and computers feature HDMI outputs to deliver
audio and video. Having a single cable handling both images and sound
has the potential to make home theaters much simpler, but that's not
always the case. Faced with complex standards (HDMI 1.2 vs. 1.3),
confusing buzzwords (Deep Color), and exorbitantly priced cables
(Monster), many buyers may be tempted to throw up their hands and stick
with the analog cables they know.
Don't panic--what seems bewildering on the showroom floor is really
pretty simple. And if you get nothing else from reading this guide, you
should remember one simple fact: There's no reason to pay extra for HDMI cables. Intrigued? Let's get started.