TV Video HDMI Cables

High definition television has become the visual standard for television over the past decade, and high quality HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) cables help make it possible. In fact, HDMI cables allow you to connect your television to all kinds of essential devices, including Blu-ray players, gaming systems, cable boxes, and satellite dishes, to name just a few. They send the high definition signal from the system to the screen so you can enjoy the best visual experience possible.

HDMI vs. Component Cables

Much like HDMI, component cables are capable of carrying a 1080p signal, so both could potentially provide the same level of picture quality. However, the latter does not carry audio signals. This means, if you use a component cable, you need separate audio cables. In sum, HDMI cables generally provide the best combination of video and sound all in one cord.

HDMI vs. Composite Cables

Most likely everyone above a certain age remembers the old-fashion trio of cables. The red, yellow and white cables transfer video and audio but in analogue and only up a 480i resolution. By contemporary standards, this would look grainy to most on a TV screen compared to the high quality HDMI transmits. Plus, composite cables suffer from the same disadvantage as component cables: They cannot do what HDMI does with one cord.

Adapter and Splitter Cables

Unless you have a full range of all new and compatible devices, you may likely need or could benefit from an adapter or splitter cable. For instance, a composite to HDMI adapters allows you use an HDMI cable with older electronics that may not have an HDMI port. If compatibility isn't the issue, an HDMI splitter cable may be what you need; it allows you to connect one device to two or more monitors to project the same video.