Everything you need to know about colour spaces and HDMI cables pt.2

In the first part of this guide, we looked at one of the features offered by HDMI cables – support for advanced colour spaces. We also took a brief look at what colour spaces, but let’s now move onto the specific colour spaces HDMI cables can offer support for.

Deep Color

Deep Color, support for which is offered by HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4 cables, allows HDTVs and other high definition displays use billions rather than millions of colours. This creates displays that are as vivid and accurate as it is possible to get. Viewers with Deep Color support can also enjoy increased contrast ratio, along with smoother tonal transitions.


Also included in HDMI 1.3 cables and HDMI 1.4 cables is support for the colour standard known as xvYCC, or x.v.Color, which supports up to 1.8 times as many colours as existing HDTV signals. Whilst Deep Color increases the number of colours there are available, xvYCC allows your HDTV to display them more accurately, expanding the available range to allow the display to include the whole range of colours the human eye is able to recognise.

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