HDMI to DVI Cables
The HDMI to DVI cables are a hybrid, which allows you connect two deices, where the one does not support HDMI and does not have an HDMI port. The reason that you are able to do this is because the HDMI is backwards compatible to DVI, however, let us take a closer look at both interfaces.
DVI stands for Digital Video Interface and it is used to transmit video between a source and display device such as computer screen or TV. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is newer interface, which carries digital video and audio from an array of sources such as DVD Players, Blu-Ray Disc players, computers, and video gaming consoles to display devices such as computer monitors, TV screens, and video projectors. An HDMI cable supports all uncompressed computer or TV video format, as well as eight channels of uncompressed or compressed audio. Almost all new equipment comes with a HDMI port and some of the latest plasma and LCD TV sets have more than one. The HDMI technologies saw considerable improvement over the past few years and the cables are already on version 1.4, which supports 4K × 2K resolution, 3D over HDMI, and has Ethernet and Audio Return channel (ARC).
As already mentioned, the HDMI to DVI cables are a hybrid with one HDMI and one DVI connectors. You can use them to connect your laptop or computer to your TV and enjoy crystal clear picture. They are also quite inexpensive and you can purchase them in every electronics’ store or online for just a few pounds; of course, they also differ in quality, but in many cases, even the cheapest of them would work for you, without any compromise on the picture quality. However, if you want a cable that is solid, likely to last, and could carry the signal over more than 30 feet, then buying the cheapest one that you can is not a good idea. Many merchants advertise gold plated and platinum plated HDMI to DVI cables, however, this refers to the plating of the connector alone, and although the plating ensures that the cable will work for a long time to come, you are likely to replace it in just a few short years with something newer or better. Of course, if you have a thousand pounds home theatre, you might as well purchase top of the range HDMI to DVI cables as well and enjoy the excellent quality video that they deliver!