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Old 11-23-2007, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default HDMI cable, do i need one?

I have Sony Bravio kdlv2500;
I use comcast cable directly to one TV and cable with comcast dugital box for the other.
In which case I need HDMI cable and what cable I should buy, i.e
HDMI to HDMI or....
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:38 PM   #2
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HDMI to HDMI. Your cable box must have HDMI out though, which standard boxes and even digital boxes do not. It has to be an HD cable box.

Check out monoprice.com, bluejeanscable.com, or even amazon.com.
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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IMHO, from what my research has shown me is HDMI or Component, it's a personal preference thing. I currently use component cable but want to get HDMI because with Component, you also need audio cables. And I have wayyyy too many wires back there right now!

Honestly, I haven't used HDMI but want to also to see if there truly is a difference . . .might just be, I don't know for sure . . . but Component plus audio will definitely work for HD.

If that was your question, I wasn't exactly sure what you were asking, sorry if I misunderstood.
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IMHO, from what my research has shown me is HDMI or Component, it's a personal preference thing. I currently use component cable but want to get HDMI because with Component, you also need audio cables. And I have wayyyy too many wires back there right now!

Honestly, I haven't used HDMI but want to also to see if there truly is a difference . . .might just be, I don't know for sure . . . but Component plus audio will definitely work for HD.

If that was your question, I wasn't exactly sure what you were asking, sorry if I misunderstood.
Boy you have missed out then... HDMI is all digital video/audio into one cable. Picture is better and sound. I use Component also which is analog video and analog audio. There is a difference in the picture. You might not even notice that difference if you never installed TVs, Projection TVs and LCD Data Overhead Projections like I use do to line up the 3 guns colors correctly.. But some people are happy with analog than digital image.

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Boy you have missed out then... HDMI is all digital video/audio into one cable. Picture is better and sound. I use Component also which is analog video and analog audio. There is a difference in the picture. You might not even notice that difference if you never installed TVs, Projection TVs and LCD Data Overhead Projections like I use do to line up the 3 guns colors correctly.. But some people are happy with analog than digital image.

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Like I said, I want to try HDMI to see if there is a difference . . . and I knew about the audio, in fact was already thinking about getting HDMI cable this weekend.
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Like I said, I want to try HDMI to see if there is a difference . . . and I knew about the audio, in fact was already thinking about getting HDMI cable this weekend.
Don't spend a lot of these cables either.. Those sold at Wal-Mart by Philips is good enough.. 24K Gold Plated with EMI/EMF, I use them for HDMI, Component, S-Video, Digital Coax, Toshilink Optical Sound, Composite Video/Stereo Audio. Just too bad SamsClub doesn't carry Philips PXT1000 Pro line anymore they were one heck of thick cables for $19 bucks wholesale price.
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Don't spend a lot of these cables either.. Those sold at Wal-Mart by Philips is good enough.. 24K Gold Plated with EMI/EMF, I use them for HDMI, Component, S-Video, Digital Coax, Toshilink Optical Sound, Composite Video/Stereo Audio. Just too bad SamsClub doesn't carry Philips PXT1000 Pro line anymore they were one heck of thick cables for $19 bucks wholesale price.

I already buy 90% of what I buy at Wal-Mart! Groceries (but not meat!), most electronic supplies (but generally not equipment!) so was already going to Wal-Mart for this, but thanks anyway.
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I already buy 90% of what I buy at Wal-Mart! Groceries (but not meat!), most electronic supplies (but generally not equipment!) so was already going to Wal-Mart for this, but thanks anyway.
98% for me 2% for the other store... Not meat why not? Chicken is good and so are those frozen CBs and Beef Burgers are out of this world! I don't like their milk, it taste like plastic or cheap own taste. Costco has the best milk and eggs. I won't buy meat their though.
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HDMI is all digital video/audio into one cable.
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Picture is better and sound. . . . There is a difference in the picture.
If that were true, it would because of the equipment (either source or display) not because of using component vs HDMI.

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You might not even notice that difference . . .
How true - most people reoport this.

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. . . But some people are happy with analog than digital image.
Many people do report this as well.

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This is simply NOT true.

The two primary "advantages" of HDMI are smaller (cable bundle) size and capability for advanced audio formats. Biggest drawback is distance over which signal can be sent.

Digital is NOT in any way inherently "better" than analog; and HDMI is in no way an inherently "superior" cable than componet.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:29 AM   #10
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Well one thing I notice in using both that there isn't much difference in the picture quality however HDMI, in my opinion, delivers better quality sound than component cables. I also agree with what was said about not spending a lot on cables. I have the Phillips hdmi from Walmart that cost me about $29.
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98% for me 2% for the other store... Not meat why not? Chicken is good and so are those frozen CBs and Beef Burgers are out of this world! I don't like their milk, it taste like plastic or cheap own taste. Costco has the best milk and eggs. I won't buy meat their though.
hate to go OT, but those frozen burgers will get u/into tbl someday..one co. cant remember name, recently just went out of business, cause of e coli. better off buying ground beef elsewhere and make your own patties..
wal mart meats are the nastiest..
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I also agree with what was said about not spending a lot on cables. I have the Phillips hdmi from Walmart that cost me about $29.
If you've absolutely, positively gotta have a cable today, that's a pretty good deal.

Otherwise, go to monoprice or blue jeans (as was mentioned earlier) and you can have the same cable for about 1/3 the price . . . . that is, <$10.
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Boy you have missed out then... HDMI is all digital video/audio into one cable. Picture is better and sound. I use Component also which is analog video and analog audio. There is a difference in the picture. You might not even notice that difference if you never installed TVs, Projection TVs and LCD Data Overhead Projections like I use do to line up the 3 guns colors correctly.. But some people are happy with analog than digital image.

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I have tried both on my new TV and can not tell any difference with HDMI. Another thing that I don't think was mentioned is that with component cables you run the risk of picking up excess noise especially if you have a lot of cables behind the TV or power cables lying next to the component cables. However I have a ton of cables behind my TV and power cords, all bunched together, and like I said I can see absolutely no difference between the two.
My TV does have a noise reduction feature, I don't know if that helps, but it probably does a little.

One last thing, whenever I use an HDMI cable I have a weird feeling that "someone" is watching me.
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Both HDMI and component are high quality video cables, which is best depends on the equipment and personal tastes. Some equipment works better with component, some with HDMI and some make no difference at all. Often cable/satellite boxes work best with component as they have no digital handshake issues which slow down HDMI when changing channels or inputs. The only way to know for sure what is best for you is to try both and decide for yourself with your own equipment., both are capable of the highest quality video. Many people blindly believe HDMI is best but very often component is better.

I use both cables, component combined with Toslink for my cablebox/DVR andHDMI for my Blu-ray player. I also use VGA and Toslink from my computer to my 50 inch Panasonic TH-50PH9UK.

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