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Quick Question For All You High Def Experts Out There

Old 05-29-09, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by DivxGuy View Post
AFAIK component is analog and HDMI is digital. If your display is digital (LCD, plasma, DLP) there will be a major difference between component and HDMI, as is the case with my 32-inch Viewsonic LCD.
As mentioned by others in this thread, this is simply not true. Analog component cables (red, green, blue) can give an excellent HD picture, although perhaps not quite as good as HDMI. The main advantages of HDMI are simplicity (one small cable for video and audio) and DRM (at least from the studios' point of view, but certainly NOT the consumer).

By contrast, there should be a big difference between composite (yellow, red, white) connections and HDMI because composite can't handle HD signals properly.

If the OP really can't see the difference between composite and HDMI, my guess is that it has to do with the small screen size and seating distance. There isn't any resolution difference between SD and HD if one is sitting far enough from the screen, as is often the case in a typical home TV setting. (However, the greatly increased color depth of Blu-ray Disc should be readily apparent compared to DVD. Many of us have noticed the extra "pop" in colors on our BDs versus the same movie on DVD.)

This thread has turned out to be useful because it is apparent that there is quite a bit of misinformation circulating even though it has been three years since Blu-ray Disc launched and twice that since HD displays became widely available. Interesting.


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Old 05-29-09, 11:21 AM
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Re: Quick Question For All You High Def Experts Out There

These threads are always fun. There are SO many variables involved in this "equation".

several different TV settings
several different player settings
different disc settings
viewing distance
individual perception

One could have the same TV, player, and disc; but have hundreds of different and perfectly correct video quality assessments based on all the other factors.
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Re: Quick Question For All You High Def Experts Out There

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