It was only a matter of time before HDMI technology got an upgrade. The advent of Ultra HD 4K televisions has brought on a whole new set of features along with it. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out a buy a brand new set of cables.
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HDMI 2.0 is here and it’s showing up alongside the newer, higher-res HD sets that have started to hit the market. 4K televisions, not surprisingly, use more resources and require a faster transfer rate. This way they are able to support higher resolutions, frame rates, colour depths, etc. While a standard HDMI 1.4 television is able to support 4K resolutions, it can only do so up to a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second as opposed to the 50 or 60 needed for modern gaming technology and even many newer television broadcasts. The same goes for colour depth, with a standard HDMI 1.4 television limiting 4K content to 8 bit colour as opposed to the maximum 12 bit colour supported by HDMI 2.0. Consumers may even begin to see more 4K sets popping up with ultra widescreen resolutions, as HDMI 2.0 also supports 21:9 aspect ratios.
And let’s not forget about sound. HDMI 2.0 now has the ability to make use of Dolby Atmos technology which means a whopping 32 channels of uncompressed audio. And why not? With a transfer rate of 18 gigabits per second, HDMI 2.0 can certainly handle all the extra bells and whistles that come with having a 4K television.
Amidst all this, the good news for consumers who already have standard HD sets and cables but are looking to make the jump to 4K, is that they won’t have to ditch their current cables. HDMI cables are all wired the same, and the ports and sizes haven’t changed. The HDMI 2.0 technology lives in the new 4k televisions. In fact, some of Sony’s current 4K sets can now support HDMI 2.0 technology with a simple firmware upgrade.
Ultra HD 4K televisions with HDMI 2.0 technology may eventually become the new standard, but for now they are part of the dream set-up for people who want the movie theatre experience and have money to spare.
What do you think? Is HDMI 2.0 technology worth the purchase of and Ultra HD 4K TV? Let us know in the comments below.