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DVI <---> HDMI cable ... pic quality??

Old 08-24-06, 10:53 AM
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DVI <---> HDMI cable ... pic quality??

Ok, so I have a Sony 60" LCD which supports DVI, but not HDMI. I also have an RCA 5000 HD-DVD player and as you all know, supports HDMI. Currently, I am using component video cables, however.

Well, in my never-ending quest to get *the best picture quality* I can stand, I purchased a DVI/HDMI cable in the hopes of getting there. But, I was sadly dissappointed.

I swear my component video connection looks a ton better. What gives?

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Old 08-24-06, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Concorde
Ok, so I have a Sony 60" LCD which supports DVI, but not HDMI. I also have an RCA 5000 HD-DVD player and as you all know, supports HDMI. Currently, I am using component video cables, however.

Well, in my never-ending quest to get *the best picture quality* I can stand, I purchased a DVI/HDMI cable in the hopes of getting there. But, I was sadly dissappointed.

I swear my component video connection looks a ton better. What gives?
You probably haven't properly calibrated the input. There's always the chance you got a bum cable (not likely) or your input is bad, but honestly, while you may not see a noticeable difference, it shouldn't look "worse".

I have found over the years that what people often think is "dark" and "muted" is actually proper calibration, thanks to blooming whites and oversaturation that most people are accustomed to.
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Old 08-24-06, 12:41 PM
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If it was a bad HDMI cable, the only thing that it would show is either nothing or some sparkling artifacts all over the screen. So if it isn't one of those 2 problems, it can't be the cable. Calibration is likely the issue, you have to calibrate each input separately.
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Old 08-24-06, 04:52 PM
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I get excellent picture quality with mine.
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Old 08-31-06, 05:16 PM
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I have a DVI to HDMI cable (Dish DVR outputs HDMI, TV takes DVI)

I compared the components to the DVI/HDMI, and in my setup the DVI/HDMI won out. On the components on mine I lost a lot of the details in the shadows, while the dynamic range seemed better on the DVItoHDMI.
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