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08-15-2005, 05:26 AM
ok i am a novice here with way more tv than i understand, about 6 weeks ago i bought a SONY GRAND WEGA LCD KDF-55WF655. i had a good friend hook it up & bought all the monster cables ect., to have the best set up i could have & i am thrilled with it. but now i been starting to read more on my TV & what is this HDMI input?, i've seen it mentioned on these boards but am still clueless. & PLEASE answer as simple as possible so i can understand. thanks for your help in advance.

08-15-2005, 07:03 AM
HDMI is an all digital audio/video input, the same in most ways to DVI. HDMI is good for digital signals because with HDMI the signal can remain completely digital rather than being converted to analog at the cable/dish receiver and then back to digital at the TV. Hope that's clear enough.

08-15-2005, 07:23 AM
On a related note... Is HDMI better than component for a DVD connection? I see that the DVD I am buying has an HDMI out, only problem is my tv will only have 1 HDMI in. I can go CableCard if using HDMI has advantages over component for the DVD.

08-15-2005, 04:58 PM
There's really no quality difference, but HDMI has copy protection. Once they start downrez'ing the Component outputs, only copy protected connections will display full HDTV res. HDMI is just DVI plus digital audio & a new smaller connector.

The reason that HDMI is 'better' with upconverting DVD players is because they only output the upconverted format over it. Component is limited to 480p on virtually all players due to licensing. If your HDTV has a good internal upconversion chip, upconverting players are redundant.

08-15-2005, 05:06 PM
You only deal with one cable and one connector with HDMI. For picture quality, I could not tell the differences yet.