HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first industry supported, uncompressed, all digital audio/video interface. ie it combines high-definition video and multi-channel audio in a single digital interface to provide crystal-clear digital quality over a single cable, and the Ecosse HDMI Picture-Perfect™ cables offer the purest signal transfer at prices that will astonish. HDMI outperforms DVI by a fair margin, as the HDMI chips are better at transmitting and receiving than previous generations of DVI chips.
As Ecosse MD Elliot Davis noted: "High Definition Multimedia Interface, the digital audio and video connection standard of the future, has arrived. The incredible 5 Gigabit per second capability of the HDMI format provides the potential to produce the highest performance ever available in the most demanding home cinema and professional A/V applications.
HDMI cable and connectors carry four differential pairs that make up the TMDS data and clock channels. These channels are used to carry video, audio and auxiliary data. In addition, HDMI carries a VESA DDC channel. The DDC is used for configuration and status exchange between a single Source and a single Sink. The optional CEC protocol provides high-level control functions between all of the various audiovisual products in a user’s.
Instead of needing multiple cables for the video signal and multiple cables for the sound signal, Ecosse Picture-Perfect™ Cable integrates all video and sound signals onto a single, thin cable. It makes it trivially easy to connect components together. Now, instead of converting digital signals to analog (to run through the cables) and then back to digital, everything on an HDMI cable remains in its original, uncompressed digital format.”.
Ecosse offers up two variants on the HDMI spec The Picture Perfect™ Ultra Plus and the Picture Perfect™ Ultra both are 1.3 compliant ensuring up to 1080P transference which enables HDTV’s, PCs and DVD players to transmit and display content in billions of colours with unprecedented vividness and accuracy. It reflects the determination of ECOSSE to ensure we continue to evolve ahead of future consumer demands.
In the 'Ultra+' the conductors are silver plated copper. OFC in the 'Ultra' variant, in both the ‘going’ and ‘return’ signals with a low loss primary dielectric of polyethylene and a secondary dielectric of polypropylene to ensure minimal signal transmission loss. The whole is protected from extraneous ‘noise’ by a triple screening of OFC close-lapped copper braid + Aluminium-Mylar and covered in a tough PVC cladding. Its 1.3 specification more than doubles HDMI’s bandwidth and adds support for Deep Color technology, a broader color space, new digital audio formats, automatic audio/video synching capability (“lip sync”).
However the Picture Perfect™ Ultra is particularly priced to suit cost sensitive installations eg direct connection between DVD and HD LCD/Plasma screen where multi channel audio is not available through a processor/receiver. HDMI technology has been designed to use standard copper cable construction at long lengths.
HDMI signals present a great challenge to cable manufacturers, because their extreme speed makes them especially sensitive to cable quality. Ecosse HDMI cables work over longer distances better than our competitors thanks to our superior conductor materials and proprietary cable construction which follow in the traditions and high-reputation we command among discerning audio and videophiles.
HDMI is fully backward compatible with DVI.
Because it was designed specifically for consumer electronics applications, HDMI offers additional consumer enhancements. Content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and HDMI systems will automatically configure to display content in the most effective format. In addition, with a point and click, HDMI's integrated remote capability automatically configures the home cinema system on demand, turning on or off the components necessary to view a DVD, listen to a CD or watch cable or satellite TV.
HDMI offers the following advantages over existing analog interfaces such as composite, S-Video and component video?
HDMI transfers uncompressed digital audio and video for the highest, crispest image quality.
HDMI ensures an all-digital rendering of video without the losses associated with analog interfaces and their unnecessary digital-to-analog conversions.
HDMI provides the quality and functionality of a digital interface while also supporting uncompressed video formats in a simple, cost effective manner.
HDMI supports multiple audio formats, from standard stereo to multi-channel surround-sound.
HDMI combines video and multi-channel audio into a single cable, eliminating the cost, complexity, and confusion of multiple cables currently used in A/V systems.
HDMI supports communication between the video source (such as a DVD player) and the DTV, enabling new functionality.
Our extensive evaluations have revealed however that the audio side of the signal is best handled by a separate digital cable.
"The improvements are immediately apparent, especially with sound quality. Dynamically, it's amongst the best HDMI cables around.
During the opening credits of Casino Royale, the Ultra Plus allows for a punchy, powerful, yet composed sound – and it brings a real sense of drama to movie soundtracks such as Sweeney Todd." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision September 2008
Cable Installation Precautions
- Ecosse Picture-Perfect™ Ultra Plus HDMI Cable
- Length 3m
- conductors are silver plated copper
- OFC in the 'Ultra' variant, in both the ‘going’ and ‘return’ signals with a low loss primary dielectric of polyethylene and a secondary dielectric of polypropylene to ensure minimal signal transmission loss
- OFC close-lapped copper braid + Aluminium-Mylar and covered in a tough PVC cladding
- 1.3 Specification
- Deep Color technology
- Colour: White
- 10 Year Warranty
- SAME DAY DISPATCH BY FIRST CLASS POST (If ordered before 4.30pm Mon to Fri)
Please test all cables prior to in-wall installation
HDMI cables are fragile and special care needs to be taken when installing these cables
Do NOT pull the cable by their plugs and the bend radius should NOT be less than 30mm
About Ecosse Cable
Ecosse is the name on the worlds finest cables. In terms of price versus performance, musicality and fidelity, Ecosse Cables are without peer.
All Ecosse Cables are painstakingly researched and developed - then hyper evaluated to destruction on the very best 2-channel music system used by ANY cable company in the UK.
Ecosse are proud to have introduced single crystal grain free Monocrystal™ copper (and silver) to the mainstream UK audiophile market back in 1997 and we continued this tradition with our unique Super Monocrystal™ loudspeaker cables in the mid 2000s.
Ecosse Cables are handcrafted in our factory in Scotland by the finest technicians who between them have decades of experience in cable termination. It should come as no surprise then that since the year 2000 Ecosse Cables are the most celebrated cable company in terms of awards, reviews and reputation in the UK.