At CEDIA Expo last week, Monster showcased its most advanced HDMI cables for the CI market: the MSeries 2000 HDMI cable, which includes fiber optic, subwoofer and digital coax models. They feature onboard “performance indicators” providing a visual indicator of the video format up to 4K resolution. The cables carry Monster’s Cable for Life technology guarantee that ensures if new technologies come along that surpass the cables’ carriage capacity, the company will replace them free of charge.
Five years ago, Monoprice was associated with two things: HDMI cables and nerds. Being able to tell people about two-buck Monoprice cables, and to explain, with confidence, why Monster cables were a scam, was one of the wonderful small privileges of geekdom; today, it's one of the dwindling few.
In addition to making its boosters look smart, Monoprice had a pretty solid pitch. Its cables were cheap! They worked fine! The company was based in the U.S., processed orders quickly, had a return policy and answered emails. It was like eBay without the risk.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show plays host to the wackiest, sexiest gadgets and technology you can dream up. Tucked deep in the back of the Las Vegas Convention Center's South Hall, however, was a small grey cubicle where quiet meetings took place between press, audio/video manufacturers, and a group called the HDBaseT Alliance. Nothing about what they're doing is wacky or sexy, yet it's one of the most innovative and important technologies at this year's CES.
Imagine your television's A/C power cable, its HDMI cable, its various audio cables, USB and ethernet
Many Home Theater Enthusiasts swear by Monoprice as a great source for cheap (but high quality) cables and other accessories you need to keep your home theater looking and sounding great. Often overlooked is that fact that they sell a lot of other stuff, too, much of which is highlighted in the company's Black Friday/Cyber Monday push. Big deals include a 24-port Ethernet Gigabit Switch for $77, perfect for a whole-house network; high-end HDMI cables for $5 a shot; and a 10-port power center with data and RF protection for $42.
At CEDIA Expo, Metra introduced a brand new HDMI cable to blow others away. The new EHD cable from Metra is available from one to five meters in length and is only three millimeters thick, making it even thinner than an iPhone cord.
USB 3.0 ports will be found widely on smartphones and tablets within the next year or so, according to the USB standards-setting organization.
Smartphones and tablets will likely have a MicroUSB port based on USB 3.0 specifications to fit the small size of the devices, said Rahman Ismail, CTO of the USB Implementers Forum, at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.
The ports will allow faster data transfer between mobile devices and hosts such as PCs, some of which already have USB 3.0 ports. Data transfer rates will hit around 100MB/sec.,
The adoption and integration of High-Definition Multimedia
Interface within consumers electronics has grown in leaps and
bounds since its inception in 2003. Tablets, computer monitors and
popular video game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 all
now boast HDMI support. According to research company In-Stat, the
popular interface technology is building up to hit a huge milestone
soon. HDMI will be included in more than 300 million mobile PCs by
2014, predicts the group. But it doesn't stop there. In-Stat
believes 82 percent of all A/V receivers shipped next year will
feature the interface.
—Uh oh—it appears that Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables are unlicensed, so manufacturers have been selling illegal cables this whole time. This doesn't bode well for Apple, but also for Toshiba, Dell and HP, who all use the port. According to the HDMI Org firm that licenses cables, the Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable falls out of HDMI spec, owing to it only having one HDMI Connector end. "The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having only HDMI connectors on the ends. Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed," they told TechRadar