Seems like an unusual battle, right?

But when you find yourself standing in the department store, looking at a new 3DTV, you may find yourself thinking “will my hdmi cable work with my new tv?”

Well, you could be lucky. But it’s most likely that your odler HDMI cable was built to a different standard to that which your new TV requires. The cable may work, however you may not realise that you’re not realising the full potential of your new investment! It would be a little painful to find out that you spent over $3000 on a new television, and you didn’t realise that it wasn’t looking or sounding right, all because of a substandard or old HDMI cable.

You may not realise it, but HDMI Cables aren’t just like your usual power extension lead or computer network cable. Those cables are designed for only one purpose, whereas HDMI Cables are a whole separate ball game. Our entertainment technology is evolving constantly – our equipment wants to communicate between each other now –  and to cope for that we need to make sure that things stay simple, and we need to try to minimise the amount of cables that we’re plugging in between devices.

For example, when HDMI was first developed around 2002, it only carried high definition video. Then someone decided they didn’t want to plug in audio cables too – so in the next version, the HDMI standard also included digital and analogue audio! Along came higher resolutions (1080p), and they again needed a new better standard to cope with the extra data. But of course that’s not enough for the people, we want 3D! Another new standard – HDMI 1.4a! They must have got sick of creating new standards, because that’s where we’re at now, and they’ve included features that devices aren’t even built for yet, such as Ethernet capability! Another great feature is Audio Return, but i’ll probably rant about that another time.

The point of my story here is to illustrate that while the connections on your old HDMI Cable may look the same as the connections on newer cables, don’t be fooled. If you’ve had the cable for longer than a year, it’s probably not going to be completely compatible with your new television.

And of course, just buying a new cable isn’t going to solve your problem. You MUST make sure that the cable is certified to the HDMI 1.4a standard – this makes sure it’s future-proofed, and can handle as much data as you can throw at it. I recommend you do not buy a cheap $6-$10 cable from your local computer store – these are normally very thin cables which offer very inferior performance, especially over distances further than 3 feet. Of the same token, I also recommend you do NOT buy one of those CrAzY-PrIcEd $150 cables either. You’re just wasting your money.

Finding Quality, isn’t very hard at all, you just need to make sure the wire inside is nice and thick – around 26 Guage, and make sure the connectors are built to last. There are a few sites around the Internet which can offer these at a pretty good price – you just have to know what to look for.

 

 


 

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