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Hooking your PC up to an HDTV with a USB to HDMI Adapter/Converter

What is HDMI?

With the advent of the so called Golden Age of Technology, peripherals are also undergoing a major overhaul. The big guns of the technology industry like Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba, Thompson and Philips created the HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface. California saw the Next Big Thing in Media technology for the first time in 2003 where an Authorized Testing Center was set up for the testing of HDMI devices. Japan followed the next year and then there was no looking back. HDMI is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI compliant device to a compatible digital audio device, computer monitor, video projector or HDTV. That is what an expert is going to tell you. I know it is full of jargon and you want to throw the jargon right into the trash. Hang around and I’ll cover some of the benefits of HDMI and the great uses of a USB to HDMI Converter.

What places HDMI in a league of its own?

HDMI is the most prominent connection in consumer-level audio and video devices. Your LED monitor, HD television, or Blu-Ray players all have an HDMI output. The HDMI specification enables your devices to pass uncompressed digital audio/video signals allowing your HDTV to produce brilliant colors with jaw dropping clarity.

  • Offers superior audio and video quality
  • Only a single cable is required per device which will cut downon that tangled mess behind most home theater systems
  • A humungous decrese in the number of frames that is lost during gtransmission, give you an uninterrupted, crystal clear display

In addition to being a great fit for your HD Video and Home Audio cravings, HDMI is extremely versatile. It is highly flexible because it supports all the enhanced high definition formats such as 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. HDMI does not discriminate and also serves the 480p definition format and standard definition formats like NTSC and PAL. Let us note some striking and game changing differences between the USB port that you are harboring at the moment and the future HDMI port that you are contemplating about.

  • Take a look at the part of your pen drive that connects to your computer. You will see 4 golden lines running through the column. Those are the pins. So a USB port has only 4 pins. An HDMI cable has a total of 19 pins. This significantly increases the transfer rate which is my next point of difference.
  • HDMI transfers data at the speed of 10.2 gigabits per second. The standard USB port transfers the load at a menial speed of 480 megabits per second. That is less than half of what an HDMI is capable of.

So, in theory an HDMI port can act as a USB port but a USB port can never work like an HDMI one.

Why get a USB to HDMI Converter?

All this is more than enough to highlight the importance of an HDMI support. You might be thinking of getting an HDMI supported monitor right now isn’t it? Maybe for multi panel gaming or to splurge in a large video output display. But just wait and follow me to the end of the article. There is still one problem left. Like every technology the good things take time to hit the market. There are still some machines out there which lack an HDMI output. Probably if you have an NVidia Graphic card or perhaps an ATI GPU then there might be a chance of your system having HDMI support. Otherwise some computers don’t have this life changing facility. But every problem has a solution, right? And so does this minor quibble. There are a plethora of devices on the market that allow you to hook up your aging PC/Laptop to your brand new HDTV. All you need is a single USB port, which there are usually many available on most computers. Look at the front and at the back. There should be an average of 4 USB ports. With a USB to HDMI Converter you will not have to worry about the lack of an HDMI port in your system. With the USB to HDMI Converter you can run any HDMI device with your USB port. Thus, this universality will add the HDMI support to any existing computer.

Using the USB to HDMI Adapter

Setting up the adapter is a breeze. All you have to do is install the driver software that is provided so that your computer can interact with the USB to HDMI Converter. After that, simply take the HDMI cable from the USB to HDMI Adapter and hook it up to your HDTV. Your computer will recognize the adapter and the audio or video device that is attached to it. Considering that the correct output has been selected in the output device, the television or home theatre will be up and running in a jiffy. Yes, it is as simple as that.

Introducing the Vivid AV™ USB to HDMI Adapter with Audio

VividAV USB to HDMI Converter The Vivid AV™ USB to HDMI Adapter is an incredibly simple and effective way to add an additional monitor to your laptop, netbook or desktop computer without the need to upgrade the video cards or software. With the ability to view two separate things on each monitor, multitasking has never been more efficient; view notes from two different emails or edit that huge spreadsheet by expanding it over two monitors. Although the urge to work is overwhelming; this USB to HDMI Adapter can be used for play as well. Hook your computer up to your favorite HDTV and view your favorite pictures and videos like you’ve never seen them before; on the big screen. Crystal Clear HD images and video will come to life when viewed in 1080p on an HDTV. This simple box uses a built in USB cable and one HDMI cable to deliver the latest HD content right from your PC, Laptop or Mac to your TV. 2 Channel audio ensures that no extra cables will be needed for audio support.