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Xbox 360 via component vs. HDMI

by cammbyjr / December 14, 2008 6:33 AM PST

Will there be a noticeable difference to a non-videophile on a 50" Sony SXRD from 10-12' away?

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(NT) No
by Jimmy Greystone / December 14, 2008 8:08 AM PST
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Well I respectively disagree
by stinman / December 14, 2008 9:18 AM PST

For the tv of yur size and you must get a good cable to notice the difference.The colors will be better and the noise in the background will be less with a good insulated cable,at least for me it is and I am by no means a video-phile,but I am somewhat picky at times.Now the sound will go out of your tv, "digital" to a AV receiver with a rca or optical cable from the back which ever way your Sony has,probably both.Run it to your AV receiver,thats what I do to get the best sound,with component you have to use the red and white analog which does not produce the best sound.If you do not have a AV receiver,then it does not matter.


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That is a different issue
by Jimmy Greystone / December 14, 2008 9:58 AM PST

That is a different issue: cable quality vs connection type. All things equal, if you're only comparing HDMI to component, very few people are going to notice a difference.

Also, every component cable set I've seen for the 360 has a toslink output on the side for surround sound. Except possibly for the cable set that comes with the 360. I'm too lazy to fish mine out right now to check, but you can always get a good quality set cheap from Monoprice that will have the toslink port. You can even get a toslink cable for pennies on the dollar compared to just about anywhere else. Stores love to gouge people on AV cables. A $100+ set of Monster brand cables are not going to be that much better than some you get get for about $15 shipped on Monoprice.

One thing I should probably note, some games will only allow you to access the 1080p resolution if you have an HDMI connection. There is absolutely no technical reason for this, it's purely a financial one. HDMI has a number of "safeguards" against tapping the signal for piracy reasons. It's trivially easy to get around, but it seems pretty clear that all the top executives in the entertainment industry lost touch with reality many years ago. I don't know if there's a huge difference between 1080i and 1080p since I don't have anything capable of either, but it's something to keep in mind.

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yes they do
by stinman / December 15, 2008 1:23 AM PST

They do have a toslink hookup on the back of the 360 component cable,mine does.I used the component cable that came with mine first and the picture was great,most games ran at 1080,I guess,I did not know how to check.I first tried a cheaper hdmi cable and the colors were terrible,component was waay better.I then tried my mid price monster cable that I use for my HDCP coming off a HD4850 ATI video card for Blu-ray.I could actually see the difference,I have a 50' LG LEd LCD 120hz HDTV.As I stated the noise in the background was almost gone and the colors were more vibrant and the edges were cleaner.You stated that you did not have any way to test 1080p or 1080i.I have,a 50' and a 47' hdtv, there is some good cables on monoprice and cheap ones.You can find a cable to match a monster cable if you know how.If you got the cash,then buy one or else keep using the component cable.Either way you will still have fun!!HaHa

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