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The Biggest Upgrades On HDMI 2.1

You may have heard of the release of next-gen game consoles, like Xbox Series X and PS5 in 2020, and 2021 television models. These are loaded with new features that take your audio-visual experience to the next level. To truly enjoy these gadgets, however, you must pair them with the right accessories, such as the HDMI 2.1. Let's take a look at what exactly this cable connector can do.

HDMI 2.1 Resolution

One of the most significant HDMI 2.1 upgrades is its ability to support the viewing of an uncompressed 8K resolution video at 60 frames per second, a standard for the latest models of television this year. This is something movie and gaming geeks are so pumped about because they can now watch and play while enjoying the highest definition visuals. With this resolution upgrade, you may ask if HDMI 2.1 is compatible with lower resolution TVs. The answer to this is a simple yes. Aside from offering an 8K resolution video at 60 frames per second, this upgraded connector also supports 4K resolution video at 120 frames per second. Even on a TV with 1080p resolution, this cable will work just fine.

HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate and Quick Media Switching

A television's image refresh rate is related to its resolution, particularly the frame rate. This pertains to the number of times a panel refreshes per second and is measured in hertz (Hz). With the new HDMI version, the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) feature is added to solve the problem of screen tearing. What exactly is screen tearing? This happens when the two devices connected by the cable are not in sync and the monitor displays different frames all at once. When you're watching one video after another, you may have experienced screen blackouts. These happen because the display adjusts to the varying frame rates of one content to another. With the Quick Media Switching (QMS) feature of HDMI 2.1, you wouldn't have to worry about this issue anymore. QMS utilizes VRR to eliminate this issue.

HDMI 2.1 Dynamic HDR Support

The bandwidth cap of 2.1 is 48Gbps. Thanks to this, there's a lot more space for raw data, meaning the cable can support dynamic HDR (High Dynamic Range). It is responsible for the wide range of colors in movie and gaming content. On an older HDR standard, when you watch a movie or play a game, the connector simply reads static metadata of colors, and the visuals are projected to the screen based on the stored information. However, with dynamic HDR, the images shown on the device are based on constant updates provided by dynamic metadata. Thus, you are assured that the visuals projected are of their best quality.

HDMI 2.1 Enhanced Audio Return Channel

An HDMI has an ARC or Audio Return Channel. The specific purpose of this is for you to be able to utilize the surround receiver or soundbar without having to use extra optical audio connectors. With HDMI 2.1 comes the Enhanced Audio Return Channel that supports uncompressed 5.1, 7.1, and object-based or high-bit-rate audio. With a bandwidth of 37Mbits per second, the audio is delivered at 192KHz in 24-bit resolution. Aside from this, ARC offers lip-synch correction, a dedicated data channel, and enhanced device discovery.

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