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Old 08-08-2007, 05:27 PM
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Default Home theatre gurus, need some advice

Ok, i'm looking to get a new tv for my downstairs. Is there a big difference between component video and hdmi video? I'm going to be using a seperate reciever for the most part, what should i do out of these choices?

1.Run hdmi from sources(hd cable box and xbox 360 elite) to tv, then use optical out to reciever

2.Connect sources to tv with component rca's and connect to receiver through optical?

The reciever is a 6.1 yamaha htr-5950. Is there realy a big difference for video between hdmi and component video?
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Not really much of a difference in video I hear/see, but in sound yes. If you can afford the HDMI, go with hit.
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:37 PM
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using optical there is no difference. I'm more concerenced about video.
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Well the 360 Elite is HDMI only am I right?
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Default Re: Home theatre gurus, need some advice (IHBH)

Component = DVI and DVI + Audio = HDMI

So no, there is no difference. Just less cables.
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Default Re: Home theatre gurus, need some advice (JDM_Ej)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by JDM_Ej &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Component = DVI and DVI + Audio = HDMI

So no, there is no difference. Just less cables. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Cool, thats what i thought. The elite has both component and hdmi output, so i can use either.
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Default Re: Home theatre gurus, need some advice (IHBH)

There's some argument whether sources support 1080p over component video. If you have HDMI on your tv, I'd use that, then optical out from the tv to the receiver for audio. That's what I'm doing with my 360. I also have my Wii hooked up straight to the tv with component video and composite audio. As a bonus, it's one less setting to change when I move between sources.

Once I get an HD or upconverting DVD player, I'll also hook that to the tv via HDMI.

[edit] A buddy hooked his cable box up via HDMI as a test, and said it was horrible. Not the picture, but the tv and cable box "arguing" over conversions every time he switched channels. I still have mine hooked up via component video, and digital coax for audio.

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by IHBH &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well the 360 Elite is HDMI only am I right?</TD></TR></TABLE>

No. It comes with component and composite cables as well.
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Yeah, I think i'm going to be going that route when possible. I like the fact that with 1 cable in i can use the tv's speakers for normal watching, but still have the reciever for when i want better audio.

I actualy havent bought the xbox yet because i cant decide between elite or regular. Plus the wife doesnt see why 1 is worth more then the other because of the color.
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Splat &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">
No. It comes with component and composite cables as well.</TD></TR></TABLE>

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Default Re: Home theatre gurus, need some advice (jdmotorsports)

There's really no difference at this point in time. Once you start talking about higher bandwidths then HDMI &gt; *, but like I said, right now with what's out there's really no difference. Also, once we start talking about higher bandwidth, you'll need a receiver that can decode that audio through HDMI, which yours cannot.

Another thing. If you get a TV that's 1080p. If it doesn't accept it over component then you have to use HDMI to get that resolution.

One last thing. If you have a DVR and run it through your Yamaha using HDMI, sometimes it will block the signal because the cable box thinks you're trying to pirate copyrighted events. At least it does with *** cable down here.
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No hdmi passthrough with the Yamaha. It does have component switching though.
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by jdmotorsports &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, I think i'm going to be going that route when possible. I like the fact that with 1 cable in i can use the tv's speakers for normal watching, but still have the reciever for when i want better audio.

I actualy havent bought the xbox yet because i cant decide between elite or regular. Plus the wife doesnt see why 1 is worth more then the other because of the color. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Bah, every source I have uses my receiver. The only time I used the tv speakers (on my old setup) was when we were recording two things on the DVR and I wanted to watch live tv over cable.

BTW - Looks like the upcoming 360 premium models will have HDMI. Might want to hold off a bit.
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Yeah, i just saw that on engadget.

The only reason everything doesnt go through my receiver now is because cablevision's remote suck ***. Dish networks let me control audio through a 3rd party or through the tv. Cablevision? Nope. But i'm getting a few Logitech remotes to solve those problems.
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After reading and learning, I'd still go with HDMI because its the new thing. Things will eventually come standard with it. I'm not sure anything can get better than 1080p but you never know O.o
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Yeah, the problem I have right now is the tv we have only has 1 hdmi input. I've been thinking of getting a splitter, but have heard mixed reviews on em.
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