With so many different options, connecting your gadgets can be a confusing predicament. This is especially true if you’re stick mixing digital and analog cables and/or have multiple devices connected to one output, such as your television. HDMI aims to solve this confusing mix by providing one cable that does it all. HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and provides you one simple cable that does both your audio and your video at high-resolution.
Anyone that’s dealt with your standard analog cables knows how it goes. You end up with several cables which actually split off into several other color-coded cables. You have to match the colors in order to make sure all the audio and video are going to the right inputs on your television or whatever you’re connecting to. Once you get everything setup, you pray you never have to touch it again as even the most techy of us don’t want to have to bother with all those colors.
Even simpler connections like S-Video and VGA will still require a separate audio cable as these are still video-only technologies. With HDMI gives you one cable to rule them all, not only providing audio and video together, but also giving you higher quality than most other technologies and is actually available on most products you will purchase.
I started off using S-Video with my own home media center and soon moved to VGA. The resolution was only slightly improved between the two and still needed a separate solution for audio. When I got a new television, I realized there was actually no separate audio input! Without knowing much about HDMI cables at the time, I made the switch and couldn’t be happier with the results.