If you have only just heard of HDMI cables and you have never used one before, you may find the technology quite difficult to grips with.

To start with, let’s find out what HDMI actually is. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and it is a digital connection interface capable of carrying multi-channel audio and video from source to display.

Ever since it was introduced, HDMI began to replace other types of cables, such as SCART leads, S-Video and composite video cables. These are fast becoming obsolete, as HDMI has so many benefits over them.

Benefits of HDMI cables over other cable types

• Superior quality. HDMI is able to deliver exceptional quality images and sound

• No loss of signal. As HDMI is all digital, there is no loss in the quality of the signal. Analogue interfaces have to convert the signal, which can result in diminished signal quality

• Ease of use and a clutter-free home entertainment system. Unlike other cables, HDMI cables can carry both audio and video signals in the same quality, effectively halving the number of cables you need.

• Affordability. Excellent quality HDMI cables can be found at very affordable prices if you shop online