Types of Digital Monitor Cables

Updated July 19, 2017

Analogue monitors are becoming more and more obsolete. Digital monitors are taking over and can offer the best picture for your computer or home entertainment. In order to get the high resolution picture of an LCD monitor or enjoy the high definition that your Blu-ray player or HD cable offer, you need to connect them using some kind of digital monitor cable. While one cable in particular has come to be more popular, there are also other cables you can opt for.


HDMI stands for high definition multimedia interface and has become the standard for connecting a variety of different digital video and audio sources to monitors or televisions. Use them for everything from set-top boxes and Blu-ray disc players, to video game consoles and personal computers. It also has the advantage of being able to support several kinds of television and computer formats, like standard, enhanced, or high definition. Through a Consumer Electronics Control, the HDMI cable can also allow users to operate more than one device with a single remote control. Most new televisions and computers come equipped with an HDMI specification.


DVI stands for Digital Video Interface and can maximise visual quality on a number of different monitors and devices like flat LCD screens or digital projectors. Before the advent of HDMI, DVI was the standard for high definition television and other home entertainment devices. DVI also contains pins that provide analogue signals, therefore including analogue and digital transmission options in one connector. This is something unique about DVI as most other cables are exclusively digital. There are three varieties of DVI connectors: DVI-D or true definition video, DVI-A or high resolution analogue, and DVI-I which can provide both functions.


DisplayPort can offer the same high definition of both HDMI or DVI, but is used primarily to connect a computer to its monitor, or computers to home entertainment systems. DisplayPort can be seen as a rival to HDMI, but it actually serves better to compliment it, as HDMI boasts some features lacking in DisplayPort. DisplayPort is not compatible with DVI, whereas HDMI is. In regards to DVI cables, DisplayPort does offer many advantages. It does not require thumbscrews like a DVI cable and it is also slimmer. Many of DisplayPort's supporters are computer companies and most of its use is devoted to computers. DisplayPort is used with Apple products in particular.

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