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HDMI is short for High-Definition Multimedia Interface,
which is a fairly accurate description of what the
cable's purpose is. In very simple terms, HDMI is a
kind of data connection that is able
to send high-definition video and high-resolution audio
over a single cable.

What is a HDMI Splitter?

To achieve something similar with older analog cables, it would be necessary to connect three component-video cables, as well as six analog audio cables. All of those things combined add up to a lot of cable clutter. This is where using an HDMI splitter can come in handy, as it routes all HDMI cables in an area through a central splitter box.

The purpose of an HDMI splitter box is usually to connect multiple high-definition devices to an HDTV, usually because TVs lack the sufficient number of input ports. Normally, when connecting a device, just insert one of the cable's connectors into the output device's port and the other connector in the input port. And that's all it takes, one simple HDMI cable is able to take care of all of the needs of a high-definition TV setup. However, it is common for video screens to require many separate devices to be connected, all of which require their own HDMI cable to be run. While this can quickly create an unsightly clutter around a home theater, the problem can be easily solved with the addition of an HDMI splitter cable. To add a splitter cable to an existing TV configuration, just place it in the middle of the signal chain. The output of the HDMI cable splitter goes to the HDTV, and high-definition devices then connect to the HDMI splitter cable's input.

With so many new products featuring an HDMI port, many television enthusiasts are likely to run out of inputs on their HDTVs and AV receivers. Thankfully, there's an easy way to add more connectivity without buying a new HDTV: splitters. All that is required is to connect each HDMI device to the cable splitter and connect the output of the HDMI splitter to an HDTV or AV receiver. Then, select which component to use via the splitter box. Almost all splitters operate using a standard infrared remote, so it's possible to switch between components easily or integrate the switcher into a universal remote's control scheme.

In a short time span, HDMI cable splitters have become the top of the line solution for connecting video and audio for high-definition home theater gear. Most high definition devices typically only have a couple of ports, while the number of devices that use HDMI have been increasing at an exponential rate. Using one HDMI splitter cable to act as a hub to handle all of the cables can greatly simplify the process of wiring up audio-visual devices. However, when faced with choosing a HDMI splitter box, many customers choose to buy the cheapest one possible, which can end up giving them degraded signal quality. When it comes to splitters, there is a definite correlation between price and quality.
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