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HDMI, Component A/V, S-Video??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Wheely34, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. Wheely34

    Wheely34 Thread Starter

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    Dunno if I even have this in the right secction, but here it goes. I just purchased a PS3 and a LG 32" LCD 760P TV. Right now, I am just using the standard A/V cables Sony provided with the system and the picture just looks amazing. I was wondering if I will see a difference if I upgrade to HDMI Cable which would replace my standard A/V. Is t worth it? Yes, I am the kind of person that does appreciate and like to squeeze out even the smallest improvement, but is it worth the 60-100 dollars (going by Best Buy's prices).

    Also, can someone clear this up for me? It's to my understanding that HDMI is the best connection. Then comes Component A/V, then S-Video, then standard A/V. Am I correct in thinking this or do I jsut have it all mixed up? Is there even a noticeable difference between them...say between the Component A/V and the HDMI? Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. tomdkat

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    Component video will yield better video quality than composite (yellow RCA connector), which is probably what you're using now.

    Component, S-Video, and composite video are all analog video connections where HDMI is all digital.

    HDMI allows for digital video AND audio to pass over the same physical cable, thereby eliminating the "spaghetti" that can occur as you connect various components to a TV or A/V receiver.

    It's been argued that component video can look the same as HDMI but that varies and is subjective.

    Here's one point that might be of importance to you: currently, HD players that also upconvert SD-DVD to HD resolutions will output the upconverted video over HDMI connections only. They will not do so over component video connections. I don't know if the PS3 can upconvert SD-DVD now or if it will in the future but going with the HDMI connection makes that issue a moot point.

    If you will be using the PS3 primarily for gaming, I don't know if there are any issues with getting HD game video output over component video.

    You can find HDMI cables for cheap so I would get a good HDMI cable and have an "all digital video path", as it's called. That means you've got digital video originating in the machine, going over the cable to the TV, and then being displayed. No analog video conversions occurring anywhere along the way. :)

    Peace...
     
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  4. Wheely34

    Wheely34 Thread Starter

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    thanks for the info tomdkat.

    MysticEyes, that price is insane. Is that cable as good as the ones I was looking at? It's starting to seem like an HDMI cable is an HDMI cable no matter what the name or how pretty the packaging is.
     
  5. xMyKeTx

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    Wal-Mart sells HDMI cables for about $30. HDMI, from experience, is much better than composite a/v analog connections.

    The picture is clearer and the sound is sharper.

    Worth $30. Not $60-100.
     
  6. Wheely34

    Wheely34 Thread Starter

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    yes well the website suggested above sells them for $5.95, and I am not seeing them on ebay for 7 bucks. Are all these cables the same when it comes to quality and performance?
     
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    Blue Jeans Cable has a great reputation and those prices are good for a "brand name" HDMI cable. Cruise around the site and check out their other offerings. :)

    Peace...
     
  8. MysticEyes

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    Did you read the reviews? Unless you have a very long run there's no reason to spend over $10.

    This one will also work fine if all you need is 3'.

    http://www.buyextras.com/3fehdtohdgoc.html
     
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