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Use HDMI Splitter or Component Cables?

I have a Sharp Aquos HDTV, Motorola Comcast HD Cable box, and recently got a Panasonic SC-PT650 home theater system.

Here's my problem: The TV, cable box, and home theater all have only one HDMI inputs and I have the cable box and TV connected with the HDMI but then what is the best way to connect the Home Theater to the TV to get the best sound and video quality when I watch DVDs.

Do I use an HDMI Splitter or just use component cables to connect the home theater to the TV?

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Splitter.

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Google HDMI splitter.

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In all honesty...

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I use HDMI for my cable box, and if I were you, I would opt for the HDMI switcher as opposed to using component. But that is just me.

You could, however, be perfectly happy with using component for cable, as that is what many people do, and you may not even notice any difference between the two, depending on the quality of the component cables that you are using, and how discerning a viewer you are. There is no content on cable that is broadcast in 1080p either, only 720p and 1080i, and cable streams are not great sources to begin with so it is not the end of the world if you used component on it.

If you do decide to go the switcher route, check out monoprice.com for their HDMI switchers. They are much cheaper than other similarly featured models and CNET gave them good reviews, especially considering how cheap they are. i would also recommend getting your HDMI cables from them as well. Of course, even though monoprice has very cheap yet very high quality products, it would be cheaper still to just get a component cable, as opposed to getting a switcher and an HDMI cable. Just something to keep in mind.

Again, if I were you, I would go the switcher route, just because the slight quality upgrade and ease of use of HDMI (one cable as opposed to 3 video, and either 2 analog audio, or 1 digital audio cables), makes it worth it to me. And the extra money isn't an issue.

You need to decide for yourself if it is worth it to you, or if you will be satisfied, like most, with using component on your cable box.

One more thing to consider. Some cable boxes can act wonky when using HDMI. Some people see issues ranging from nonadjustable aspect ratios, to audio issues, to always having to turn on or off equipment in a certain order because the hand shaking between the components is not happening properly so they start with a black screen

These issues are more common place with older boxes or those that have not been updated. I have never had any of these issues with my box (Scientific Atlanta HD 8300 (?) DVR from Time Warner), and you will most likely not see these issues, but I would be remiss if I didn't give you all the info so that you could make the right decision for you.


Good luck

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my vote is contrary to the above recommendations

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and just save the money. Connect as such:

-HDMI from DVD to Display
-optical/SPDIF from DVD to Audio Receiver
-Component (red/green/blue) from Cable to Display
-optical/SPDIF to Audio Receiver

You are still getting 100% performance. More HDMI cables will do absolutely nothing for you in terms of performance. Has absolutely no bearing on audio, that's for sure, until you are talking about Bluray or HD-DVD. You in fact very well could get a better signal with component connection than HDMI from your cable box. In my own experiences, they look equal. I've seen both from several boxes from mulitple carriers. The one single time that HDMI looked better was because the cable box was dying and going bad. The box was exchanged, and component connection looked just as good.

As for less wiring, once you connect it, it doesn't matter. Takes me about 10 seconds to connect component connections. And who the heck can even see the connections anyways.

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Not sure what recomendations...

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you are contrary to lol.

I just listed all of the possible choices along with some info.

No biggie in any event.

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Only read it once, and I guess the beginning of your

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summation must've stuck in my mind:

Again, if I were you, I would go the switcher route, just because the slight quality upgrade...

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I have the same Comcast box. In this case, I would not just use component. The box does not have any cool HDMI features like lip sync or xxxx-link (insert whatever name you like), where it communicates through HDMI; hell, it doesnt even shut-off when i power down my receiver like all my other HDMi devices. The gains are small, and the HDMI cables are expensive. I also run an optical cable though so I can at least get dolby digital on my home theater. Whether you use comcasts provided cables or other ones is up to you.

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