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A Brief Introduction To Cables And Their Different Formats

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When it comes to an HDMI cable, purchasing the correct cable format is essential for an HDMI connection to be formed. There are several different types of HDMI cable formats: the standard HDMI cables, HDMI cables with Ethernet, HDMI mini/micro cables, HDMI extension cables, HDMI flat cables, HDMI to DVI cables, and HDMI switch splitters.
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Standard
The standard HDMI cable is a very commonly used cable for the home multimedia experience. Most often these cables are used for the following devices: DVD players, home computers (both desktops and laptops), high definition televisions, and more. The HDMI cable makes it possible for resolutions up to 1080i or 720p to be transmitted through the input and output connection of one single cable.

Ethernet
HDMI cables with Ethernet are commonly used by digital theaters and game consoles. Digital theaters are able to make great use of the cables due to their capacity to maximize resolutions up to 3840x2160p. The HDMI cable with Ethernet also allows for an Ethernet connection to be achieved amongst HDMI Ethernet compliant devices. Gamers who tend to experience frequent lag time and connection interruptions caused by Wi-Fi connection love this feature.

Mini/Micro
The HDMI mini/micro cables are most commonly used for small electronic devices such as smart phones and compact video cameras. The HDMI cable is designed to fit into small input connections, so the HDMI connection can be created.

Extension
The HDMI extension cables do exactly as their name says. They allow the HDMI connection to be extended without causing an interruption or altering the functionality of the connection in any way.

Flat
HDMI flat cables carry a high aesthetic appeal for consumers, and small to mid-sized networks. These cables are very thin, allowing users to discreetly tuck them under a rug, or run them along the wall. This keeps the cables out of sight, and neatly tucked away. Though it is important to keep in mind that when placing an HDMI cable underneath a carpet, you must be sure it will not be walked on. Placing the cables anywhere that they may be walked on can cause damage to occur to the wires inside of the cable.

DVI
HDMI to DVI cables allow HDMI compliant devices to connect to DVI compliant devices. So if your television is a new HD TV, but you have an older DVD player, this cable may be necessary for your viewing pleasures.

Switch Splitters
The HDMI switch splitters make it possible for one HDMI input to be delivered to multiple outputs. So devices such as a PlayStation, Blu-Ray player, and laptop computer can all receive a signal at the same time.

Conclusion
To put it plainly and simply, knowing which HDMI cable format your device(s) requires is crucial for the signal to be transferred.

Matthew Boley enjoys helping others understand technology and how to use it.  By understanding HDMI Cables and their formats, people can amplify their home multimedia experiences.

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