HDMI cables are quickly taking over the industry as the cable of choice. But not before getting beat up quite a bit by installers, end users, and internet bloggers. I’m here to set the record straight and say not all HDMI cables are created equal. A lot of time people think that “hey a cable is a cable, there’s no difference.” But you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s like saying a Hyundai and a Honda are the same. Even though they may both be Japanese auto makers, the quality, reliability and resale value are completely different. The same goes with HDMI cables.
But what are HDMI cables? HDMI is an acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI cables are the first of their kind where they are transferring fully digital information through a single cable. Before the introduction of HDMI, it could have taken up to 9 separate cables to accomplish the same thing as one HDMI cable. But not all HDMI cables are capable of transferring the same amount of information which is where HDMI started to get a bad reputation; especially with the broad array of internet market places.
You can go on eBay all day long and find a cheap HDMI cable selling for $3.99 but how do you know what you are really getting. You may be receiving a piece of cat5e wire with HDMI ends crimped onto it. Low and behold you plug it into your new Blu-ray player and HDTV only to get no picture. Well gee George, I wonder why? Just because you have wire between two HDMI connectors doesn’t make it a HDMI cable. Cables can actually be certified and speed tested to determine how much information they are capable of transmitting and at what speed.
Monster cable has begun an industry exclusive with having each of their HDMI cables speed tested by an independent lab known as SimplayHD. SimplayHD puts cables, components, and TV’s through a rigorous testing procedure to determine how capable certain products are at producing a true HD picture. All of Monster cables are SimplayHD certified and are also speed rated to help the consumer determine what cable is needed for their particular application.
A cable that one may use to connect a standard definition DVD player to a 720p TV with a 60 Hz refresh rate will not work with a blu-ray player connected to a 1080p TV with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The reason you ask? Well that’s because the first cable is not “big” enough to transfer that much information at that rate of speed. Imagine the first setup as the TV trying to suck water though a straw compared to the second setup where the TV would be trying to suck peanut butter though that same straw. The size of the “pipeline” needs to be increase to handle the additional information.
I will go into further explanation of this in future blogs. Please check back periodically and see what the correct HDMI cable would be for your setup. In the mean time, watch the short video below with Simplay Labs president Joseph Lias to learn more about HDMI cables.