A DVI to HDMI Cable lets you easily integrate legacy analog or HD TVs, older DVD players, and gaming consoles that have a DVI connector into a home office or entertainment center. Networking all your consumer electronics together is greatly simplified with a DVI to HDMI Cable, since only one cable is needed to transmit audio and video data between the DVI source and your HDMI-enabled device. Plus you get the advantages of HDMI technology such as high bandwidth uncompressed video, support for up to 8 digital audio channels for your speakers, and advanced audio formats including SACD, TrueHD, and TDS-HD. By connecting your equipment, you can use one remote control to turn on and off all the devices in the network.
Are you connecting a game console to a high definition TV that is just a few feet away or setting up a grand entertainment center with surround sound and major components connected up to 50 feet away? Your application will determine the length and gauge of the DVI to HDMI Cable that you buy. DVI to HDMI Cable manufacturers guarantee signal integrity up to a specific length. Consider the cost vs length between different manufacturers. DVI to HDMI Cables come in 28, 26, and 22 (AWG) with 22 gauge being the most robust. Typically a 28AWG cable up to 30ft can support a standard installation with a display in the following resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p.
On the DVI side, consider the male/female connector you’ll need to hook up your device. DVI comes in three flavors: DVI-A (Analog), DVI-D (Digital), and DVI-I (Integrated supporting both HDMI Cable in Australia Analog and Digital signals). These connectors are not interchangeable. Choose also the right form factor (Type A, B, and C) based on the equipment being connected such as a display, computer, or Camcorder device. DVI also comes in Single Link or Dual Link varieties. For the most part, Dual Link DVI devices have maxed out their output capabilities vis-a-vis Ultra HD displays on the market today. For example, a Dual Link configuration running at 7.92 Gbit/s still isn’t fast enough to do justice to a Ultra High Res 30 inch screen. When evaluating the cable and connector be sure to select a DVI to HDMI Cable with high quality shielding, 24k gold-plated leads for good connectivity, and ROHS compliance.
On the HDMI side, consider the HDMI specification that the device was designed for. The latest specification HDMI 1.4 was announced in June 2009. Generally, cables support the most current specification. However, any limitations or backward compatibility issues will be noted by the manufacturer. The DVI to HDMI Cable that you want should be full featured and support all signals and electrical requirements for the DVI and HDMI interfaces. High Definition Content Protection (HDCP) support is crucial in the DVI source device. HDCP is a copyright and security feature created for the film and music industries. Your DVI source device must support HDCP or it cannot be connected in an HDMI environment. Make sure the cable supports the HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) if you want handy remote control “point and click” capability.
DVI to HDMI Cable manufacturers test their products over a number of devices from many different manufacturers. You might want to check whether the cable manufacturer received a high overall score for Interoperability and whether the specific devices in your system were tested by the cable manufacturer. Finally, a reliable DVI to HDMI Cable will carry the HDMI logo.