When you upgrade one part of your home entertainment system, you often find that you have to make changes to other devices and components so that everything is compatible.

Some people worry that this is the case with HDMI cables, believing that they will have to replace all their older equipment once they buy the latest version of HDMI cable. This shouldn’t be the case, as each new version of HDMI cable is specially designed to be ‘backwards compatible’ with the versions that came before it.

What this means is that even if you have equipment that is designed for use with HDMI 1.4 cables, you will usually still be able to get it to work with an HDMI 1.2 or 1.3 cable, and get good sound and picture quality.

If it is simply a case of changing the HDMI cable, a relatively inexpensive component to replace, it might be advisable to do so. You get far better performance and far more features and benefits with newer versions of HDMI cables, allowing you to enjoy a superior viewing experience rather than just an average one. After all, you want to get the best out of your devices, rather than just being happy that they work at all.