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New guy w/ questions, HDMI vs. Component

03-08-2006, 10:15 AM
HI, I'm new to this forum but I did use it when doing research on the TV I just purchased. I have a Sony Wega HD DLP. I just purchased DirectTV with HD and absolutely love it. I hooked the DirectTV receiver up to the only HDMI input I have on my TV. I also have an Up-conversioin Samsung DVD player. Because I only have 1 HDMI input, should I hook the DVD player up with Component cables or should I look into buying an HDMI switcher? Which cable provides the best picture quality? Also when buying cables for both HDMI or Component what should I be looking for? Should I really buy the most expensive cable I can afford? Will this make a big differnce in picture quality? Any other suggestions you have regarding to cables or connections would be greatly appreciated.

03-08-2006, 02:58 PM
for your set top box, i would use component. thats what i use and its fine (the RGB ones). i use the HDMI for my dvd player. of course, my oppo can only upconvert with the DVI output... but anyway. there is so much noise in broadcast anyway, that you might as well not bother with HDMI. as for the cables, it has been proven that cheap cables work just as good if not better than the expensive ones over short distances (<10'). enjoy the HD!!

03-08-2006, 06:17 PM
i have my HD cable box through component along with my standard sony dvd player and can honestly say that the picture quality is exactly the same between decent quality component cables and the monster cable i somehow found in the house.

i agree that the directv box could use component and look great. remember, the satellite signal is travelling a ton of miles to get to your house: the difference between dvi/hdmi and component won't be noticeable. now dvi/hdmi and s-video? you'd so notice that!

03-08-2006, 07:52 PM
HI, I'm new to this forum but I did use it when doing research on the TV I just purchased. I have a Sony Wega HD DLP.

Perhaps you needed a little more research before you bought that because Sony does not make ANY DLP tvs. :D

In regard to cables, believe it when people say that you do not need to buy expensive cables, however you do need to buy good cables. Those thin cables that come with some cheap devices are usually not that great.

Here is a link that will probably put Monster out of business if the stores didn't push them so hard on customers:


Happy reading and good luck with your new hobby!

03-09-2006, 11:09 AM
yes... that TV is actually a 3LCD rear... i have the 42 inch model =P