Question: Is there a big difference between HDMI 1.4 and 2.0?
Answer: HDMI 2.0 became the new standard at the end of 2013 but, three and a half years later, people remain confused as to what this actually means for their TV and entertainment systems. Are all HDMI 1.4 appliances suddenly going to be rendered useless?
Fortunately, HDMI 2.0 is a relatively friendly tech advancement in that the software, hardware, and peripherals that were compatible with HDMI 1.4 will continue to work just fine with the newer HDMI 2.0 devices. In some cases, you may need to install a firmware update, but there are no technical limitations regarding the use of HDMI 1.4 devices with HDMI 2.0 peripherals and vice versa.
The biggest change you’ll benefit from using HDMI 2.0 is its immense bandwidth. HDMI 2.0 can transfer a massive 10.2Gpbs more than the 1.4 counterpart. This means that the new 2.0 standard will offer transfer speeds of 18Gbps, which is around 2,250 MB a second!
Here are some additional differences between HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4:
- HMDI 1.4 offers the bandwidth required to deliver 4K at a rate of 24 frames a second; HDMI 2.0 does so at 50 and 60 frames a second. The enhancement will be particularly useful for gamers.
- In addition to offering a higher frame rate, HDMI 2.0 can also deliver 4K video at extra color depths of 10-bit and 12-bit in comparison to the 8-bit on offer through HDMI 1.4. These higher color bit rates mean you can expect higher-quality, brighter colors than those available with HDMI 1.4.
- HDMI 2.0 can stream duel video feeds to the same screen, HDMI 1.4 cannot.
HDMI can transmit 32 audio channels, while HDMI 1.4 offers just 8