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HDMI (for HDTV) Cables
HDMI to DVI Cables
DVI Cables
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How Do I Know Which Cable To Choose?


Each video cable has its pros and cons.  With televisions, HDMI tends to be the most common connector.  On the other hand, when connecting a computer to your TV, DVI cables are an option.  


HDMI Cables


All newer televisions and most computer monitors have HDMI ports.  HDMI cables are easy to use, are cost-effective, and have audio.  PC Micro Store sells HDMI cables, which quite often simplifies your installation time and the amount of cables required.  In addition, PC Micro Store offers both HDMI v1.4 and v.2.0.


Difference Between v1.4 and v2.0


If your television has HDMI 1.4 connections, you are limited to 30 frames per second (fps).  v1.4 was released in May of 2009 and included support for HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channel), ARC (Audio Return Channel), 3D, 4K Resolution, additional color spaces, and more.

On the other hand, HDMI v 2.0 was released in September of 2013.  This introduced new features such as increased bandwidth (up to 18 Gbps), support for 4K video with higher frame rates (50 and 60 fps), 32 channel audio, 1536 kHz audio sampling frequency, and more. 

In simplest terms - Not until you install HDMI v2.0 will you be able to do 4K over HDMI at 60 fps.


DVI Cables


DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface.  For the most part, the video signal over DVI is the same as HDMI.  DVI cables are used to connect a video source to a display device, such as a computer monitor.  However, in most cases DVI does not include support for audio. (Please note there are some non-standard DVI formats which have added audio support.)


Difference Between DVI-I and DVI-D


DVI-I cables can carry either digital or analogue signals.  However, DVI-D cables carry only digital information.  PC Micro Store sells both types of cables.  The only way to be sure what your electronic device needs is to actually look at the connection point.  (Furthermore, it’s not a bad idea to consult your manual.)  The difference between the two format is that the DVI-D plug has a single, wide flat pin, while the DVI-I plug has that same pin, but also four additional pins, two above and two below it.


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