I would have thought a complete digital signal would have been better.
Component is analog, Hdmi is digital with sound in one cable.
Component was out before Hdmi. Somewhere in the chain something isnt
optimised for Hdmi, maybe try a different cable box.
On my first 32" 1080i HDTV, the component input from the cable box was
far superior to the digital output of the time - DVI (essentially HDMI
On my current 42" 1080p LCD as well as my 110" 1080p projector, they are
equal in quality.
So whether that's due to the signal quality limitations of the cable box
- not revealing the supposed superiority of HDMI - or that there simply
is no difference, I can't say.
That's REAL interesting.
I've never been able to try that, as all my display devices are
So maybe digital DVRs DON'T capture the full quality of the original
source after all and are just glorified VCRs.
Others have explained the difference between HDMI and Component video,
so I will pass, but will give you my 2 cents on a problem my dad and I
1) The manufacture of my TV has an option that allows the entertainment
system to predict what I need and turn on or off things like BlueRay and
the Amp when using HDMI. I hated this so I disabled the option.
2) In our area we (both my dad and I) were having a little problem once
in a while with momentary drops in signal. When using HDMI the screen
would go blank for 10 - 20 seconds while the TV and Cable Box
reestablished a connection. I switched both systems to Component Video
from the cable box only and I no longer get the blank screen as the blip
in the signal is often hardly noticeable. I still connect to my BlueRay
using HDMI and to my Amp using optical.
OK Thanks group for all the good information. All I know is that when I
hooked up the component connections they looked better than the HDMI 1.3b
cable and the box did say "professional" on it so who knows. Will just leave
it the way it is for now..
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