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What You Need To Know About HDMI Cables vs HDMI Splitters vs Displayport to HDMI


Most electronic devices which have a ‘visual’ element to them now use HDMI to some degree. It is the industry standard for pumping out high definition images. It is likely to remain this way for decades to come too. On this page, we want to talk about HDMI splitters, as well as some of the ‘converter’ attachments you can buy.

What is a HDMI cable?

We do not want to get too technical here. Basically, a HDMI cable carries an audio and visual signal from one device to another. Let’s assume you have a games console. You plug the HDMI cable into your games console. The other end then goes into your television. The signal coming from that games console is sent up the HDMI cable into the TV. This allows you to see and hear the signal.

HDMI is the ‘standard’ when it comes to high definition video and audio. There are several features that HDMI technology boasts which are not really going to go into here. All you really need to know is that the video and audio sent up the cable is uncompressed (although audio can also be compressed dependent on the original source)

What is a HDMI Splitter?

The problem with HDMI is that so many devices use it. Just by your TV, you could have the following:

  • Set-top box
  • Games console (Sometimes multiple!)
  • Blu-Ray or DVD player.

Most cheaper TVs tend to have just two HDMI slots on them. Not exactly ideal if you are planning to plug in 3-4 devices, right? This is where a HDMI splitter comes into play. You will plug your devices into the HDMI splitter. The HDMI splitter will then be plugged into the television. Once you have this set up, you just need to press a switch on the HDMI splitter and it will split between the signals. This means that there is no need for you to forever be changing out cables and the like. You just press a button and you will have a different image on the screen.

Displayport to HDMI Converters

Of course, not all devices run on HDMI. However, you may still want to attach them to your television. For example; there are many people who like to connect their TV up to their PC, perhaps to watch some videos or maybe play a couple of games. If you do not have a HDMI slot on your PC, this can make things difficult. Thankfully, there are options out there that you can use. For example; if you have a Display Port on your computer (looks similar to HDMI, just a touch smaller), then you could connect it up that way. If you have a VGA (most older computers do), you can connect the computer up using an adapter like this.

Basically, the converters make your life easier. It reduces the need to buy new equipment (although, buying equipment is always handy if you are stuck on the ‘old standard’)



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