What is HDMI and How Many HDMI Ports do you Need on your HDTV

Buying a new TV for your home is going to present you with a lot of different port possibilities. Inarguably, the most important of these is your HDMI otherwise known as ‘high definition multimedia interface’. HDMI consumer technology is one of the most advanced and most popular in the marketplace today. Transfer high quality video and audio, HDMI can be held up as one of the best cables for a wide range of different applications. So as you search out a flat-screen, the question then becomes, how many HDMI ports do you need?


There is no single number to give in response which could be considered the ‘right answer’. It depends on how many devices you have to hook up to your home entertainment system. Things like satellite or cable TV boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players, smart TV boxes, and gaming consoles all connect via HDMI. Ideally, a TV is going to have enough HDMI ports to accommodate all of the devices you intend to use on a regular basis. For this reason, you need to know how many HDMI ports you have to have before you make a final purchase on any HDTV.


The vast majority of TVs out there have a minimum of two HDMI ports. Unfortunately, devices manufactured with HDMI connection is growing. Thereby, two HDMI ports are next to nothing. Assuming one of your connections is HDMI ARC however, that’s excellent because this is a connection type supporting downward and upward transfer of audio signals. You can send and receive audio through an HDMI ARC connection like this. Therefore, through a port like this, connect your Bluetooth soundbar and then you can connect a device like your game console through your soundbar.


The best HDMI port setup is going to be three or more. That gives you maximum flexibility with devices to connect and the HDMI cables you need. If you don’t have a smart TV box or a game console however, you may be able to get by with two. If your TV only has a single HDMI port or two HDMI ports, there’s nothing wrong with that if it works for your home entertainment system. Keep in mind, PrimeCables only has several splitters, switches, and hubs which can increase your number of HDMI ports in a heartbeat. So all in all, you’re never tied into a finite amount HDMI ports in any case.


Shop the best HDMI cables, splitters, switches, and hubs at PrimeCables, and receive fast, free shipping to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49!

Top 5 HDMI Cables to Buy this Christmas on-sale to Connect your Devices

This year on Christmas sale we’ve got more than a dozen high quality, heavy duty HDMI cables available. Browse your favourite types and sizes, mix and match, and choose what suits your needs best. To make things that much simpler, here are the top 5 HDMI cables you can buy this December on Christmas sale to connect all your devices with.


HDMI 2.0 6 feet cables in 4K, 60 Hz – $7.99


The most popular HDMI cable in the PrimeCables catalogue, this is a great cable to replace your old VGAs, DVIs, and lesser HDMIs with. Almost every device in this day and age has an HDMI connection. To maximize data transfer speeds though, you need a great quality cable to match. Not just any will work. In an era where HDMI cables are an absolute necessity for almost any consumer, if you don’t know what to buy, start here.


Premium HDMI 2.0 with Nylon jacket protection – $6.99


See this premium HDMI 2.0 cable with the added bonus of having a Nylon wrapped jacket as protection. Zinc-alloy and gold-plated, these cables are compatible with all HDMI devices with strong resolution support, amazing audio support, heavy duty construction, and at an appropriate length. If you’re searching for an affordable 4K HDMI cable, this might be the best deal anywhere in Canada. Shop PrimeCables to enjoy HDMI sales like this one!


HDMI 2.0 cable 4K 10-feet – $7.99

4k hdmi cable from PrimeCables
4k hdmi cable from PrimeCables

Do you need a longer HDMI cable than what you got going right now – consider this longer ten feet of HDMI cable. Compatible with any Blu-ray players, TVs, media streaming boxes, gaming consoles, computers, and any HDMI device, you won’t have any trouble here.


HDMI 2.0 cable with Nylon jacket protection 15 feet – $8.99


Combine extensive Nylon protection with fifteen feet of length. PrimeCables Nylon braided HDMI cables support numerous features, contains all the latest standards, and is fully compatible with older HDMI devices as well. The fifteen feet of length is more than accommodating!


Premium HDMI cable 3 feet with Nylon braided protection – $5.99


If you need a high quality HDMI cable with a cheap price, get this Nylon braided short-length cable at a fraction of the cost you’d pay elsewhere. See design features like zinc-alloy and gold-plated connectors. The PrimeCables’ Mamba Series of HDMI cables contain some of the most acclaimed cable options in Canada for home theater use.


See more home theater HDMI cables on sale exclusively through PrimeCables this Christmas. Shop your favourites today and enjoy fast, free shipping to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49.

How to Connect a Mac to a TV using HDMI for Full Audio and Video Support

Though years ago, connecting a computer to a TV came with challenges requiring a mix of cables, adapters, switches, and all sorts of gizmos and gadgets, things have changed. Today, connecting your Mac computer to a TV through HDMI is easy.

how to connect macbook to tv
how to connect macbook to tv

There are plenty of reasons why Canadian households have chosen to connect their Mac to their flat-screen, including to share business presentations, to game, and for movie streaming. From start to finish, we’re here to help share how to do it in the most efficient way. Using HDMI is the best recommendation for maximizing video and audio quality.


As shared, using an HDMI cable will be the easiest way to make this connection. Whether you’re using a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or other Apple computer, HDMI is cheap, keeps resource usage low, maintains a high video quality with no risk of latency, and provides a much more versatile signal. All you’ll need beyond your computer and flat-screen is to an HDMI cable and the DisplayPort to HDMI adapter required to make the HDMI connection possible. Keep in mind the latest MacBook models already have an HDMI port so you may not even need an adapter.


Let’s say your MacBook does not have an HDMI output. Then, you must find your Thunderbolt or DisplayPort output and connect your adapter to it. The location of this may vary depending on the model of MacBook so give your computer a quick search. After connecting the HDMI adapter to the video output, connect the HDMI cable to the adapter and then, turn on the computer. From there, jump on the flat-screen and switch the video input source to its intended HDMI destination. The great thing about Macs are that they should instantly pick up on the connection to an HDTV. Instantly, you should see what’s on your desktop on your screen.


As great as this is, there are a few additional steps to take to optimize your MacBook to TV performance. If you’re seeking to watch a movie or play games from your MacBook, you may want to use the Display Mirroring feature. Go into “System Preferences”, into “Displays” and then “Arrangements”, and then, “Mirror Displays”. Set up the TV display as your MacBook’s primary display. You’ll also want to change the sound output from the Mac to the TV via HDMI, possible going through “System Preferences”, choosing “Sound”, and then “Output”.


Connecting your MacBook is pretty easy though occasionally you may run into some issues. Be sure to follow these steps and hopefully you won’t run into any surprises. If you do experience a problem not covered in this guide, search it out online. The Internet’s filled with forums of people who’ve run into all sorts of technical issues with computers, home theater accessories, and product. We can almost guarantee the answer’s out there. All the best with hooking up your computer to TV using HDMI!

How to Choose a DVI Cable

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Just like other cable types, DVI cables come in a wide range of different types and there’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you have the wrong one. Among the most commonly used types of DVI cables, there is DVI-I single link, DVI-I dual link, DVI-D single link, DVI-D dual link, and DVI-A.

The differences between DVI cables begins with comparing dual link cables against single link cables. Dual link DVIs are designed to double the power of transmission, increase speed, and provide a better signal quality than single link can. More high resolution monitors and devices require dual link cables, which are needed if one intends to run them at their highest resolution.

In choosing a DVI cable, in part, your options come down to what type of display you have. DVI-A, priced starting around $3.49 per cable, are designed specifically for analog monitors and with compatibility across former VGA devices. For older monitors that are not digital, DVI-A may be the recommended option.


Then, there’s DVI-I which begin around $4.27 per cable price-wise and which are meant for both digital and analog monitors. With DVI-I, there are single link and dual link options. Higher resolutions are somewhat limited however dual link provides better support with bandwidth up to 9.9 Gbps.

Between the three DVI types, the most popular of all these are DVI-D which come in both single link and dual link. The pricing for DVI-D generally starts around $5.99 per cable. For digital displays online, DVI-D is where to go to receive the best signal, communicated from a digital source to a digital display. Bandwidth on a single link reaches 4.85 Gbps and for a dual link, up to 9.9 Gbps. For DVI-D dual link, the specifications are equal to and sometimes better than HDMI 1.4 impressively.

The DVI cables mentioned here contain some of the highest quality cable technology available in the general consumer marketplace, exceeding the limitations of VGA, HDMI 1.4a, DL-DV, and SL-DVI. The only cables that succeed DVI-D are Display Port 1.2 and Display Port 1.1a.


Setting up a screen for your computer, a second screen for your laptop, or getting your home entertainment center going is no easy task. Choosing the right DVI cable ensures you don’t need to struggle with any adapters or anything pointlessly complex. Look for the DVI cable that best suits your needs. Be sure to pay attention to the maximum resolution that a cable can support and ensure it lines up appropriately with the monitor you’ve bought.


For more information on how to choose a DVI cable and the differences between them, be sure to visit Prime Cables. With regular coupons and promotional deals, Prime Cables is a top Canadian brand sharing some of the best deals on DVI cables and more.

The Best Quality HDMI Cable at Low Cost and a Great Discount for Black Friday


For your LCD, LED, or 4K TV, having a high quality HDMI cable for your home setup is key. Any time you’re looking to buy a quality HDMI cable at low cost, don’t hesitate to visit Prime Cables. Beyond the low cost pricing we offer on a day to day basis, this Black Friday we are cutting even deeper!


The Prime Cables HDMI Cables Festival is on with some prices slashed up to 70 percent off! Cheap HDMI cables that do not compromise on quality are finally here. As a company motivated to provide the best quality HDMI cables to Canadian consumers, we might knock a little more than other companies off price but we don’t compromise on quality. That’s one thing we just don’t do.


Don’t go to retail looking for the best deal on HDMI cables. You won’t find it. We’ve scoured the web for better prices on HDMI cables and we haven’t found anything lower than what we’re offering here. Find the HDMI cable that’s right for your TV and partake in the rewards. Among the items in our catalogue, take us up on a 24AWG CL2 high-speed HDMI cable; a gold-plated flexible 1.4 HDMI cable; a swivel connector and nylon jacket 1.4 HDMI cable; or our Premium Series 1.4 HDMI cable. The cheapest HDMI cables in Canada can be found in the Prime Cables catalogue and for a limited time, get them even cheaper.

Before buying your HDMI cable, taking a look through our selection might help you find what products are applicable to your situation. There are some HDMI cables that may be more appropriate to your cable setup than others. Though you might be swayed by companies claiming their HDMI cables are better, produce a better quality picture, or provide a better quality sound, the truth is that all HDMI cables produce nearly identical picture and sound quality. The differences that may exist in quality among HDMI cables is so minimal that studies have shown it cannot be deciphered by a human being. HDMI cables, available at low cost, are going to have the same quality as the most expensive cables on the market. That’s a fact.


Take advantage of our HDMI cable Black Friday discounts and enjoy getting the perfect image at a lower price than you’ll pay in other places. Buy high-speed cheap HDMI cable, get the best deal, and build the home theater system setup you’ve always dreamed of having.

The Best Things to Buy on Black Friday

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black friday and cyber monday shopping


The wait is almost over. Consumers that have been looking towards Black Friday for months are about to be awarded for their patience. Before heading into the shark tank that is Black Friday though, it’s important to know what you’re going in for. There are some products more likely to be discounted than others. Make your quest for Black Friday deals worthwhile!

Many storefronts tend to extend their deals over the 7-day period surrounding Black Friday. Be weary of deals that sound too good to be true. In some cases, a location might be trying to offload inventory from seasons long gone. In other cases, it’s cheap prices, yes, but also cheaply made products. In most cases, if what you are searching for does not need to be super high end, you can really cut down some costs finding items on Black Friday.


Among the items in Prime Cables extended storefront is a 200 watt Class D Bluetooth aptX speaker amplifier. This item features a contemporary, minimalist design to easily blend in with any home aesthetic, aptX coding for better sound quality, high output power, and a compact design. Save over $40 with this Bluetooth speaker available today for only $99.


The Orvibo WiFi Smart Camera Night Vision with speaker is also a favourite among passionate tech consumers. This item includes WiFi IP camera, 720p high definition video, and baby monitor capabilities. Tap into real-time video through your smartphone anytime, anywhere.  Available in one and two packs, see major knock-offs all throughout Black Friday week.


If you already have plans to buy a TV on Black Friday, you can pair it with other accessories to get the most out of it upon setup. This wall amount articulated arm supports screens up to 55 inches. Any type of flat screen, LED, LCD, etc. would work excellently with this choice. Be sure to browse other TV wall amounts and accessories in Prime Cables’ selection should this one not suit your TV purchase. There are more than a few to choose from and the deals are hard to beat.


To find all the latest Black Friday deals, please browse here. Feel free to use the password PRIMEWEEKEND for an additional 15% off all the way up until 11:59 pm 10/22/2017. All orders over $49 receive free shipping and on select items, deals cut as deep as 70 percent off!


Please take the time to browse through Prime Cables’ catalogue of cables, adapters, mounts, sit-stands, tools and appliances, audio accessories, and wall mounts. There are bound to be more than a few things you can add to your cart to help get you going with your Black Friday purchases!

Time to Update your Display Port Adapter before Black Friday Arrives!

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Black Friday 2017 should be on Nov 24th this year!

Black Friday is coming up fast and if you’ve already made the decision on what you’re going after, the last thing you want to find out is your display port adapter is wrong. That’s why it might be time to update your display port adapter. When it comes to Apple display port adapters, the best place to shop for them in Canada is Prime Cables. Here’s why.


We stand by our selection of high quality products, all of which are available to be browsed here. There, you will find a range of display port adapters, some of which are no doubt applicable to your unique situation and others that are not. Feel encouraged to take a thorough look through what’s there.


If your current display port adapter does not support connections to certain displays, now might be an opportunity to find one that does. If you have any questions on display port adapters and their compatibility with a given machine, please refer to your manufacturer’s manual or please give us a call and we would be happy to have a representative assist.


Display port adapters are highly useful for their ability to deliver a pure digital connection to external displays. Plug-and-play performance right then and there. Should you decide to buy from Prime Cables and come to find out the adapter is not doing what you want it to do, we provide free returns. We would be happy to swap it out for another.


This Black Friday is going to be filled with amazing deals on computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and all kinds of devices. If you want to save yourself some of the stress on that day, buy ahead. Prime Cables has a number of deals, mainly based in cables and accessories that are sure to help a little when it comes time to hook up that TV or laptop. Though our display port adapter selection can be retrieved here, we have a wide range of table and smartphone adapters; VGA, DVI, and HDMI adapters; and HDMI and DVI splitters as well. Please feel free to take a spin through them and pick up what you need.


There are also mounts and sit-standing desks, tools and appliances, and numerous other accessory-based items that might tickle your fancy before the big Black Friday blowout. Remember, for any order over $49, shipping is free as well!


Prime Cables is a reliable name you can trust to buy your display port adapter from. As a Canadian brand offering premiere products across a multitude of different categories, we have been serving Canadians from sea to sea since 2007.