HDMI. It’s a word that you’ll hear and see much more of, especially when talking about PC audio visuals but what does it mean?
HDMI is essentially a very fat pipe that can pump out a massive amount of digital information between two sources. HDMI cables have 5Gbps worth of bandwidth available (and up to 10Gbps with the newest version), meaning that it has more than enough capacity to carry a high definition video signal as well as up to eight channels of 24-bit high quality audio, all uncompressed. This means that there’s no conversion of the signal (say, from digital to analog and then back again) or any compression that could possibly affect video or sound quality. And it does it all through one cable.
Although HDMI results in improved audio visual capabilities, my biggest gripe is that the cables can be easily knocked out of HDMI ports. Maybe they can fix this with HDMI Version 2.0?