Is HDMI much different than component cables going at 1080p?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I've done many live customer demonstrations of HDMI cables versus Component and Composite Videos cables. In those demos I've used the different cable types between the same HDTV and Blue Ray sources to minimize differences only to the cables.

    Without a doubt, there IS a slight AND noticeable difference in picture quality with a HDMI cable that most people can see with their own two eyes. This was true for both 1080p and 720p HDTVs.

    There are more significant advantages to a HDMI cable other than picture quality. A HDMI cable is more convenient: one cable carries both audio and video signals. A 1.3a HDMI cable can help to keep voice & video synchronized over the cable. A HDMI cable can carry superior digital audio signals. HDMI cables enable control of attached Home Electronic Equipment via the TV's remote control (HDMI-CEC aka Viera Link, Bravia Sync, AnyNet, etc). HDMI cables can carry movies at 24p frame rates for smooth motion presentation: I do not know of a HDTV that can do this with Component Video cables.

  • 5 years ago

    your cable box is not sending a 1080p signal, but it is sending a digital signal, there fore by basic common sense a digital cable (HDMI) will look better......but not just any hdmi cable, a hdmi cable that is actually speed rated to meet the optimization standards of your tv. A 1080p tv is still using 2million pixels to show you the 1 million pixel resolution signal(1080i), so using a cable that is 1080p speed capable will give you a nice picture. Satellite will soon have true 1080p channels.....but cable company is limited by bandwith, and can barely handle 1080i (don't ever get advice on hdmi form your cable company-they know nothing, they are coax orientated). Long story short, you probably wont notice a difference on cable tv. So just keep using your component cables. If you switch to satellite, then you would benefit from hdmi cables.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you're going to buy some cables, go with HDMI because they're no more expensive (if you know where to get them) and are at least as good as component video cables. That said, if you already have component video cables then don't go out of your way to buy an HDMI cable unless you have a surround sound system.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you use HD rated component cables (not cheap $25 standard def cables) on a calibrated input (where the brightness, contrast, color have been properly adjusted) you will not see any difference between the HDMI feed and the component feed.

    "..You can not get 1080p signal going thru component connection, so you can not really compare.

    This is not true. Only Sony BluRay players have this defect. 1080p comes out great with component cables from non-sony equipment. Other than this I agree with everything "AM" wrote.

    Since HDMI carries both video and audio and is cheaper than HD rated component cables - it is the preferred way to hook up your gear.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, i don't think that component can support 1080P.

    Also component's quality is worse, the price is about the same, and component requires A LOT more cables. You need the component's AND another seperate sound cable (such as an optical, or the red and white cables) HDMI can also support Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio while component can't

  • rskha
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Yes a huge difference man, just get the HDMI cable for 15-20 bucks. I had the same question and Hdmi made a world of difference!


    Also, buy the cheapest hdmi out there, because people told me to buy a cheap one but i bought the expensive one for safety but its the same thing! Also make sure its long enough

    also people saying that it won't make a difference, THEY DON'T HAVE AN HDTV!

    Source(s): my experiance with hd tvs
  • AM
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Few answers:

    If you have good source and a large screen, HDMI is better - at least on my 65" plasma, with any HD programming. HDMI is digital connection, component - analog. When you connect via component, your signal goes thru D-to-A and then A-to-D conversion, and therefore degraded.

    If you have a small screen, you will not see the difference. Even on a large screen, quality of the source is more important than the connection type you use.

    You can not get 1080p signal going thru component connection, so you can not really compare.

  • 1 decade ago

    I doubt the average viewer would see a difference between component video cables and HDMI. From my POV, HDMI is much easier to use and makes for a cleaner install. Is it going to give you a noticeably better picture, no.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yup, cause the HDMI takes the signal and converts to digital form. HDMI is always recommended when you want to display any thing that is 720P or higher. Also, since HDMI squeezes the audio and video components, the quality is much much better.

  • 1 decade ago

    the hdmi will look and sound much better

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