HDMI® cables have established a stronghold in homes and offices, but as far as wiring solutions go, they are still relatively young. Furthermore, the technology behind HDMI cables has been enhanced in a variety of ways. Unlike many other cabling systems, these advances have been made without making changes to the exterior of the cable or its connectors, so making sense of different types of HDMI solutions can be difficult. We're here to help with a full set of FAQs pertaining to HDMI cables. Let's start with the basics and look at what HDMI technology is all about.
What does HDMI stand for? HDMI is an acronym for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, a moniker that establishes the cabling format as being able to handle multiple media types while moving the amount of uncompressed data needed for high-definition content. Specifically, the cabling system is designed to transmit uncompressed video data and either compressed or uncompressed audio from a display source to a television, monitor, projector or similar device.
Why would you use an HDMI cable?
There are plenty of reasons for using HDMI, but in the end most of it boils down to being able to carry audio and video at the same time. This is useful in the home because it makes it easier to connect anything from a video game console to a computer, set-top-box or similar device to a TV, monitor or projector. Having a single HDMI cable connecting these devices can make life much easier, especially if you are going to be mounting your TV on the wall and need to either run wires through the wall or otherwise try to hide unsightly cords.
The benefits in office settings are the same, but they escalate because of scale. In the home, HDMI is convenient and helpful. In an office, it can be a game changer. Many organizations have televisions spread throughout a facility to host teleconferencing meetings, support presentations and entertain workers during breaks or as background. Connecting all of these devices can create cabling complexity with legacy models, but HDMI makes the process significantly easier.
What has HDMI replaced? HDMI is replacing coaxial cable in a variety of settings as it provides similar functionality in carrying both audio and video, but does so in a much less rigid wiring format. HDMI solutions are also used in place of DVI cables, component wiring systems and s-video connectors.
This is only the beginning of how HDMI is replacing many cabling formats and being used in diverse ways. Check out our other HDMI FAQs to get the details on the many uses and capabilities of HDMI cabling solutions.