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HDMI > Component? Doesn't seem so

01-15-2008, 05:11 PM
Hi. I'm a newb to the board and an adept new to HD. I purchased an XtremeHD HDMI cable from Apple ($20, best price I've found in offline retail) to upgrade from the component cable Comcast provided me with my digital receiver. After my first impressions and fiddling with the various setting available to me, it appears the HDMI cable produces more artifacts and a glossier picture. Or maybe a better word than glossy is it looks like the sharpness is the slightest bit lower while using the HDMI cable.

My TV is a 32" Olevia 232V 1080i, if that makes any difference. I know, I know, Kmart blue light special... it was a gift but it's also a damn good set for $750.

01-15-2008, 06:02 PM
Is there a queston?

01-16-2008, 03:09 PM
Well just basically does the situation sound normal; is there a reason the supposidly superior/digital HDMI appears inferior to component cables. I found what I wanted to know in another post, thought I can't find the option to delete this thread, or edit it.

01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
Then you have found that the situation is indeed normal; that there is no reason to expect HDMI picture quality to be either better or worse than Component picture quality. And that depending on your equipment and visual preferences you may very well prefer one to the other.

Note: The settings (brightness, contrast, color, tint, etc.) on your TV can and should be adjusted independently for each of your inputs - this could very well be contributing to the differences that you are seeing.

Note 2: Nowhere should it say that HDMI is "superior" to Component.
HDMI is digital and Component is analog. They both have there advantages and disadvantages depending on the applications, but neither is inherently "superior" or "inferior" to the other.