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No HDMI port on my HD-DVR. Suggestions?

by jrbuuck / December 29, 2009 7:22 AM PST

I have a Motorola DCT6412 Cable Box/DVR from Time Warner Cable. I am making the switch from Standard Def TV to a full HD set up. It is my intention to have HDMI cables connecting all the components since it was my understanding that they are the best cables for HD video. My DVR does not have an HDMI port. The options are component cables, IEEE 1394 or DVI. The AV receiver I'm looking at (Denon 3310) doesn't have a DVI port. I'd rather not connect the DVR directly to the HDTV I'm buying (Panasonic TCP54V10) and would like all video to go through my receiver.

If I use component cables to connect my HD-DVR to my receiver, will I lose image quality? Would the signal sent via component cables be analog? Of the three connection options, is DV the best in terms of image quality? Are there DVI to HDMI adapters or conversion cables? Would such a DVI to HDMI link maintain the best HD image quality?


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Oops. Meant to say:
by jrbuuck / December 29, 2009 7:26 AM PST

Of the three connection options, is DVI the best in terms of image quality?

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Just use the component connections
by minimalist / December 29, 2009 7:44 AM PST

Most people would have a hard time telling HD signals passed through component from those passed through HDMI cables. Given that cable TV HD signals are over-compressed and not exactly what I?d call high quality, I honestly don?t think you need to worry too much about it. Just use the component and be done with it.

DVI > HDMI converters will introduce more interference than just passing the component through the receiver. If it really bothers you and you still want to have that HDMI cable, you could ditch the cable company DVR and get a TiVo HD (which has a superior interface as well).

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If it is a
by givemeaname / December 29, 2009 7:58 AM PST

Rental call up the cable provider & tell them you want one with HDMI box.
Since it is an older box (DVI) a newer box will have better video processors, better tuner (if you also use an antenna) & bigger HDD.

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(NT) Or..why not just ask them for a new box/dvr?
by ahtoi / December 30, 2009 2:50 AM PST

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