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HDMI Cables

First question, is there a noticeable difference in audio/video quality between using a component cable connection, (they are monster cables) and HDMI cables? The next question, if I bought HDMI cable to connect my DVD player to the TV is there actually a difference say between the $50 cable and the $120 cable. Unbiased opinions would be appreciated, personal experiences?

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The idea ..

behind the HDMI is the convenience of one size fits all but as far as quality goes, I doubt it makes any difference. Just my guess.

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actually...

You might be suprised... & here's a test. take your dvd player & connect it to your video output device (TV or whatever) with component cables, then watch a dvd except PAUSE it & get up real close the screen & see if you see slight color changes in random pixels. If you do, that would be the NOISE in your system (some say part of it is from the dvd laser inconsistency, but I say that most is from inability of your cables to block noise). now run the same test with an HDMI cable (or DVI cable, both are digital). I think you'll find that the digital interface (whether HDMI or DVI) to be more resistent to noise. Not because of superior cable materials... but because its a digital signal & not an analog signal. Basically... a small change in the voltage on the wire of an analog signal can mean a significant change in color information, but the same change on a digital line won't mean jack-squat because the voltage is quantized to either high or low.

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