When it comes to digital cables, HDMI cables are the most advanced cables you can get today. HDMI cables transmit both uncompressed audio and digital video signals from one device (such as a Blu-ray player) to your flat-panel TV. This ability to carry both audio and digital video signals is great because it eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables, thus reducing clutter. What’s more, you get the highest quality signal possible because HDMI cables support all high definition TV (HDTV) resolutions (including 720p, 1080i and 1080p) as well as EDTV (480p) and standard definition signals. As for audio, while even more improvements are in the works, HDMI cables currently support up to 8 channels of 24-bit audio. This is the best you can get today. Continue reading

Let’s say you are set up with an entertainment center that features the whole shebang. HDTV with an integrated ATSC tuner. An antenna capable of picking up HD signals over the air. And you have all kinds of sweet peripherals ready to feed your TV an amazing high definition picture. Sounds awesome! But are you sure you’re really getting a high def image on your HDTV? Continue reading

When you’re setting up a slick home entertainment system, the last thing you want is a tangle of cables making an otherwise awesome setup look cluttered and messy. But what to do with all of those cables that are a necessary part of integrating peripherals into a complete system? That’s when A/V cable management comes in. Keeping tabs on and organizing your cables is the first step – then comes either hiding them out of site or minimizing the appearance of exposed cables with decorating tricks. Here are some of our favorite basic cable management tricks to get you started. Continue reading

The HDMI standard has been improved with new capabilities that are designed to give the user a much better HD experience. Some of the major enhancements introduced in Versions 1.4 and 1.4a are listed below. The new Version 1.4 specifications were introduced in June of 2009 while the 1.4a specifications were introduced in March of 2010. Here is a rundown of some of the major enhancements introduced with this new HDMI specification.  Continue reading