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Old 09-05-2006, 12:31 PM   #16  
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I was not comparing the 3 digital sound transfers, because you are right, there is no difference in the 3 digital sounds but there is no digital imputs into a TV for coaxial or optical, only outputs. So my advice is just for sound into a TV. Not everyone has sorround sound. His question was which is better component or HDMI' I think I gave the correct information to his question. If you think I am wrong let me know. Even I have an optical coax coming from my cable box into the surround sound but the HDMI is used to the TV and gives a superior sound to any other option to hook up my TV, which is RCA (analog cables).
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I was not comparing the 3 digital sound transfers, because you are right, there is no difference in the 3 digital sounds but there is no digital imputs into a TV for coaxial or optical, only outputs. So my advice is just for sound into a TV. Not everyone has sorround sound. His question was which is better component or HDMI' I think I gave the correct information to his question. If you think I am wrong let me know. Even I have an optical coax coming from my cable box into the surround sound but the HDMI is used to the TV and gives a superior sound to any other option to hook up my TV, which is RCA (analog cables).
I was just supplying more information (than was probably needed). I agree, HDMI is normally the only way to input digital audio to a display.
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Agreed, see we can all get along and provide good information as a group.
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Hi, i'm new to the site and kind of a newb considering I just got my HDTV on black friday. but i have a question about the RCA cables. currently i have my stereo connected to my TV, not the HDTV but the replacement. can I upgrade these cables to get better sounding audio? will there be a noticeable difference?
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Hi, i'm new to the site and kind of a newb considering I just got my HDTV on black friday. but i have a question about the RCA cables. currently i have my stereo connected to my TV, not the HDTV but the replacement. can I upgrade these cables to get better sounding audio? will there be a noticeable difference?
You can get a bigger gauge wire but the difference will not be that great. It only will protect you from signal loss. Remember the lower the number the bigger the gauge is. Read this:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-should-...ker-cables.htm

There are gold tip RCA cables that claim to give a better connection, but I don't think you will hear a difference. People here can give you a better opinion on that.
The only way to really give you a better sound is to transfer it with a digital connection, if you have access for that on your stereo I would look into using that.
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Old 05-18-2007, 07:33 AM   #21  
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Hi Maicaw,can you - guess I'm still not clear after reading the other thread on this subject

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DVI-I (video only) to HDMI,

I've got 4 adapter/cables for
DVI-D and/or -M to HDMI
that aren't passing video signals

they were advertized as backword compatible with -I

are they trash,
is there a cheap fix,
is there a DVI-I to HDMI video adapter/cable
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:59 PM   #22  
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:21 PM   #23  
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Hi - this is my first post - if I'm not following protocol - my apologies - please let me know.

I would like to ask for help in finding the right type of adapter.

I have a computer that has a DVI digital connector on the video card (Diamond Stealth Radeon 9550). The computer also both a digital sound and analog sound output.

Currently, I have the video card's DVI-digital connected to my TV's HDMI input using a DVI to HDMI adapter. The computer's analog sound is connected to analog sound inputs on the TV.

I would like to change this setup so that the video card's DVI-digital output and the computer's digital sound output are connected - via somekind of adapter - to the HDMI input on the TV. Are such adapter's available?

Thanks, filostud (Kevin)
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:07 AM   #24  
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What kind of HDMI cable do I need to connect my Samsung DTBH260F HDTV Terrestrial Tuner to my Sony Bravia monitor? When I went to buy one, I didn't know and felt like an idiot. Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:04 PM   #25  
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Sorry if this question has already been explained but......

I just bought a new 37HD LG and got a new HD box from Comcast, an Explorer 3250HD. The STB came with HDMI/DVI and the Y,Pb,Pr cables.
I used the above cables and used the set up wizard with a 1080i format, 16:9 ratio and then used the picture format: fixed.
This seems to give me a nice picture on both the HD and regular channels.

My question is: should I buy an HDMI cable and just use that rather than the above?

I'm really new at this and would appreciate any info.

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Old 10-25-2007, 05:04 AM   #26  
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Hello here is my question.Dish network installer hooked up my new 722 hd reciever with blue,red and yellow cables I think would
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Hello here is my question.Dish network installer hooked up my new 722 hd reciever with blue,red and yellow cables I think would I be better off with a hdmi cable if so do I need any other cables hooked up.thanks
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:46 AM   #28  
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Hdmi does go vid & audio but in some brands the audio still doesnt go hdmi and u have to have the optical or conventional cables also.


in my brands case the manuals were in fact 'WRONG' in 'how-to' hookup stuff.
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:50 PM   #29  
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Recently bought a Sony KLV-46X350A LCD TV, the latest and greatest (i thought!). Video quality from all attachments (Sattelite recievers, dvd player) are weaker than on old CRT tv.

Receivers only have traditional (analogue ?) outputs, i.e. SCART, S-Video and RCA. New tv has all the following inputs: S-Video Component, DVI, and HDMI. New tv is 1080p capable.

Do i need a video converter, switch, upscaler? or do i need new a new dvd player (Receivers with DVI or HDMI output apparently not on the market yet).

Any suggestions? ... i am desparate
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A basic guide to cables and their application.
Deciphering Cables and Connections


RCA, or composite, cables
These are the most common cables, used to hook up your standard VCR and stereo equipment. Typically, they are color-coded: red, white, and yellow. Red is for right channel audio. White is for left channel audio. Yellow is for video. The entire video signal is transmitted by one cable. This is the lowest quality cable for a video source, but again, it is also the most common. Most new televisions, all video camcorders, all VCRs, and all videodisc players will have RCA jacks for these cables.



BNC cables
A BNC cable is actually just another form of an RCA/composite cable. The end of the cable looks different from an RCA cable, but can be changed to an RCA end with a simple adapter. Most professional video equipment will have a BNC jack instead of a RCA jack. The physical connection is more secure because BNC cables twist and lock in place.


S-video, or Y/C, cables
This cable might also be referred to as a SVHS cable and can be found on most high-end televisions, all videodisc players, camcorders, digital cable and satellite set top boxes, and SVHS VCRs. S-video cables differ from composite cables in that they split video signal into two different components: luminance and chrominance. The S-video cable will offer marked improvement over a composite cable.


Component cables
Component cables look just like composite cables. The difference is that, where a composite cable carries the entire video signal on a single cable, component cables split the signal in three. This connection gives a superior image over composite or S-video connections. The signal itself is referred to as either Y,Cr,Cb, or Y,Pb,Pr. Most manufacturers make connecting these cables easy by color coordinating them. The tips of the cables and jacks will be red, green and blue. Unfortunately, this can be a bit confusing because computer RGB connections are colored the same way. A good rule of thumb is that, if the connections are RCA type, it is usually a component cable. Computer RGB cables will usually be BNC type. Most high-end DVD players and HDTV tuners will have component connections.




Compact input areas and component cables
In order to achieve a sleek, thin design, some LCD TVs and Plasma TVs have very little space for connections. Due to the space restriction, many have the 15-pin VGA connection double as the component connection as well. The LCD TV or plasma TV will use the same three pins out of the fifteen-pin connector for component video that it uses for its RGB computer connections. The LCD TV or plasma TV is designed to detect the type of signal it receives and process it accordingly. If you need a component cable for one of these televisions, you should order a cable that has a 15-pin connector on one side, and three RCA/BNC connectors on the other. Some plasma TVs and LCD TVs have separate component connections. Consult the spec sheets.




RGBHV cables
Again, these cables look identical to simple composite cables. But this time, the RGBHV cable splits the video signal into five. There are three different types of RGB cables. RGBHV is a five-cable system that splits the video signal for color into red, green, and blue, and then has two more cables to carry the sync for the signal (horizontal and vertical sync). RGB H/V is a four-cable system that splits the color the same way, but has the horizontal and vertical sync on a single fourth cable. Straight RGB video cables again split the color signal in three, but carry the additional sync signal on one of the color cables, usually the green (called RGB sync on green).

An RGBHV signal is the way a computer connects to a display device. Five pins on a 15-pin VGA cable are RGBHV. The display device recognizes the type of signal and projects accordingly.

RGBHV connectors are found on most high-end professional monitors and on the most popular HDTV decoder (by RCA). Note that RCA has chosen to send the HDTV signal via a 15-pin VGA cable instead of a component connection. This may become the standard connection for HDTV tuners in the future. We will have to wait and see.


VGA cables
This is your standard monitor cable. It is typically male-to-male with three rows, 15 pins. A VGA cable is used for computer to monitor connections. Its only home theater application may be as a connection to an HDTV decoder, such as the current RCA model.





DVI cables
Digital Video Interface (DVI) cables look a little like a standard VGA cable, but they are slightly larger. Under ideal circumstances, the DVI cable creates a ‘digital to digital’ connection between video or data source and display device. There are, however, only limited situations when this ideal circumstance occurs.

DVI is still developing, so there is no universal standard for the DVI cable as of yet. Currently manufacturers may use different standards. Look for DVI to grow in popularity and become standardized over the next couple of years.
OK - I'm wondering where optical fits in here? For example, I'm hooking up my new cable converter box to my HDTV with an HDMI cable. So - if I want to then hook up my cable box to my "older" receiver, can I, or should I use the optical input/output? Is optical audio only and is it capable of carrying 5.1 or only stereo?
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