HDMI Receiver

As today’s electronics get more and more complicated, it’s easy to lose track of what all those connection ports on the back of the television mean. HDMI? What on earth is that? HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, which doesn’t really help all that much when trying to decipher all the acronyms branded on to your electronics these days. Basically, HDMI is an audio/visual interface used to transmit data and serves as an alternative to those old coaxial cables that we use to hook cable up to a television, as well as to newer technology such as VGA, S-Video and myriad more. Still confused? HDMI receivers’ main job is to take information from various sources – DVD players, Blu-Ray Players, VCRs, computers, video game consoles, etc. and send them to your television. What makes HDMI so revolutionary is that it is trying to integrate all the possible cords, connections, and receivers that would previously have been needed to connect all these various media sources to your television.

All in all, HDMI is a home theater buff’s dream come true. More than just integrating all media connections into one cable, HDMI also allows all information transmitted to remain in digital format. Older configurations would have to convert digital information sent to analog and then back to digital. With HDMI receivers, that eventuality, and the resultant loss of quality is no longer an issue.

This came about through the HDMI standard, a set of guidelines for creating high-bandwidth connections between digital devices. With the right setup, having an HDMI receiver can transform a regular home movie viewing space to a state of the art home theater. As it currently stands, HDMI receivers can carry 1080p high definition sound signals and support eight channels of uncompressed audio, easily enough to handle a surround sound system.

Further, utilizing an HDMI receiver can help significantly cut down on living room clutter. Who hasn’t had the experience of picking up one control after another in a vain attempt to achieve something as simple as turning down the volume on the movie you are currently watching? Using an HDMI receiver can allow you to cut down on the remote controls needed to watch a movie. It can also help reduce clutter behind the television, reducing the number of cables needed to connect the various components to the television. Taking into account the different peripherals commonly connected to a household television – VCRS, DVD players, Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, and sometimes even laptop computers – any technology that can help tame the tangled mess of cords is always a welcome addition to the home theater.

On the other hand, HDMI receivers are not yet the perfect one stop to cure all your home theater woes. First, they are so technologically advanced that home theater technology actually has to catch up with them. They are capable of doing things that either haven’t been invented or are prohibitively expensive when it comes to home theater systems. Second, home theater users have complained about the length of the HDMI cable – that is, the cable that connects equipment to the HDMI receiver on the television. Due to the limits of HDMI receiver technology, the cables can only be a certain, relatively short length. For those who were excited about taming the cord clutter associated with their home theater systems, the current HDMI cord length can prove an annoyance.

Essentially, HDMI receivers are on the right track when it comes to integrating information sent to a television, but time will tell. With improvements and advances in technology, HDMI receivers will probably become a necessary part of any home theater system.

This HDMI Receiver Review is Written/Updated on Jul 18th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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