Bandridge High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a proprietary audio-video interface that has become popular – replacing existing analog video standards –in use in applications like HD televisions, Blue-ray disc and HD-DVD players, digital cameras and camcorders, tablets, and even mobile phones. Bandridge HDMI cables transfers uncompressed digital video and audio data between HDMI compliant devices. The HDMI cable unlike its counterpart the DVI (Digital Visual Interface), eliminates the need for using separate cables for audio and video channelling.
Let us understand what you need to know and how you should buy an HDMI cable.
When do you need an HDMI cable?
Since the Bandridge HDMI cable sends audio and video signals at uncompressed levels, you can choose to buy the Bandridge cable when you need a superior quality signal. Compression and decompression components installed in the sender and receiver applications, in general, have the potential to deteriorate the quality of a signal, but with Bandridge HDMI cables the signal is immune to any quality reduction.
Bandridge HDMI cables
Bandridge HDMI cables support all types of audio and video formats, including 720p, 1080p, 1080i, and up to 60Hz. These cables are also equipped with extra bandwidth for future use by applications demanding more space.
Bandridge cables come in two options: copper and fiber optic. Copper ones are optimal for distance that is within 25 feet, but for anything over this distance the fiber optic technology is generally preferred.
When determining the length of the Bandridge HDMI cable, measure the distance from application to application to ensure the distance isn’t too short. Unlike CAT cables, you cannot chop off the cable at one end and join another piece of cable to this end for cable extension.
Bandridge HDMI comes in several versions: 1.0-1.4 and the latest 2.0. The maximum pixel clock rate (MHz) is 600 in version 2.0 while 340 in versions 1.3 and 1.4. Maximum audio throughput (Mbits/s) is 36.86 across versions 1.0-1.4, but 49.152 for version 2.0. Any version 1.3 or over is good since it carries full bandwidth of video and audio signals for Blu Ray.
HDMI Cable Price
Bandridge HDMI cables are available in varying prices. Some retailers offer cables at expensive rates while others offer them cheap. Picture and sound quality comes regardless of the price of the cable, because there is no quality loss in either of the price category cables. However if you are looking for a choice that is durable, where you are required to often plug/unplug your cable, go for the one with a sturdy built which cost you only a few extra bucks. It is advisable to not pay more than $10 for a standard six-foot HDMI cable.
Inputs and outputs on some components/applications lack compatibility with HDMI. In such cases go for HDMI adaptors to connect your HDMI cables to your product that does not have a direct HDMI option but has for example DVI instead.