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HDMI cable carries high definition signals of both audio and video in one, easy-to-connect cable. A digital version of analog component video cable, HDMI vastly simplifies the connection process. HDMI can have a great impact on picture and sound because it allows uncompressed signals and will not degrade, although long runs (over 40 feet) often require signal boosting from an HDMI extender. HDMI cable interfaces between any audio/video source with HDMI including, set-top boxes, DVD players, game consoles, A/V receivers and digital televisions.
Can I run HDMI cable outdoors?
OSD Audio HDMI cables have jackets that are rated CL-3 and the barrel of the connector is plastic. If the equipment you are connecting will not be exposed directly to the elements, it should be fine. An RCA or F (coaxial) connection will actually have more exposed metal than HDMI because the metal connector of the HDMI, when inserted into the TV input, has less exposure.
How long can I run the HDMI cable before the signal degrades?
OSD Audio HDMI cables use the latest technology in HDMI and are tested at much higher speeds than required. Customers are frequently able to use longer lengths, such as the 100 feet HDMI cable, without the need of an extender; however, runs over 50 feet sometimes require an extender.
High Definition Multimedia Interface The first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI® provides an interface between any audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV). HDMI® supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements.