Ask Anything: HDMI versus component input
Ask Anything: HDMI versus component input
2:47

Ask Anything: HDMI versus component input

Home Entertainment
[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> I'm Rich DeMuro with CNET TV. Welcome to another edition of Ask Anything, the segment where there are no stupid question. John Falcone, senior editor at CNET dot com is here to tell us today the difference between component and HDMI. This is sort of the question everyone wonders, how do they hook up their cable box. Which one? >> Well, basically if you have a HDMI on both the TV and the HD video source, you pretty much better off going with HDMI these days. >> Now this one I see has three cables. This does just video, so it divides it into three different what? Sections? >> Yeah, this component was the original HD video standard. And the difference with this one is that it is analog even though it does full HD. And it was you know great when it first started, but the upgrade that HDMI offers is that it also does full HD video. But it also passes full surround sound through this single cable as well. >> Yeah, there's this you even need more cables than just this to bring through the audio. >> Right, you also need digit audio or analog audio cable along with that. This HDMI handles everything and it also is all digital whereas component is analog. >> Now I assumed when I was getting my cable box installed that they would just use an HDMI cable for my HDTV. And the guy pulls out one of these. And I was like oh, hold it. Can I give you this? So right now you could have it hooked up at your house if someone installed it for you with component over HDMI. Not necessarily do they use an HDMI right? >> Yeah. And with a lot TVs, you might not see a dramatic difference in the picture quality. And some people even prefer to still use component because especially with older TVs you can tweak the picture a little bit more. Whereas the digital input sometimes limits exactly what you can do. Also the one really bad thing about HDMI is that sometimes the HDCT copy protection can really make things a little loopy depending how you have things set up. There, you don't have any of those copy right protection issues with component. But generally speaking, if you can go with HDMI, go with it. >> Alright, real quick I'm going to throw you this one. You have one HDMI input and one component and you have a DVD player and your cable box. Which one do you hook to which? >> I'd probably go with the HDMI for the cable box and component for the DVD player. >> Alright, John Falcone demystifying component versus HDMI. This has been another edition of Ask Anything, where there are no stupid questions. I'm Rich DeMuro with CNET TV. See you next time. ^M00:02:45 [ Music ]

Up Next

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App
240523-site-i-turned-my-apple-tv-into-a-sega-genesis

Up Next

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

Samsung Has a Ballie: AI Robot Helps Around the House
ces-samsungballie-clean

Samsung Has a Ballie: AI Robot Helps Around the House

LG G3 vs. Samsung S95C OLED: Which high-end TV has the best picture?
samsunglgcompare-v2-00-00-57-06-still001

LG G3 vs. Samsung S95C OLED: Which high-end TV has the best picture?

Apple, Disney Partner on Vision Pro Entertainment
appledisneypic

Apple, Disney Partner on Vision Pro Entertainment

Apple's Big Sports Play Goes Beyond the Super Bowl Halftime Show
rihanna

Apple's Big Sports Play Goes Beyond the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Watch Everything Announced at LG's CES Event
thumb

Watch Everything Announced at LG's CES Event

TCL reveals the new Leiniao AR smart glasses at CES 2022
watch-tcl-reveal-the-leiniao-ar-smart-glasses-at-ces-2022-01-00-36-28-still001.png

TCL reveals the new Leiniao AR smart glasses at CES 2022

How to Improve Your TV's Dialogue
how-4

How to Improve Your TV's Dialogue

Install an M.2 SSD in your PS5 with a heat sink upgrade
ps5drive2

Install an M.2 SSD in your PS5 with a heat sink upgrade

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

Travel Advice from AI? The Points Guy Schools ChatGPT
exvsai-the-points-guy-clean

Travel Advice from AI? The Points Guy Schools ChatGPT

How We Test Air Purifiers
Our custom-built air purifier test chamber sits in the dark, the interior illuminated behind plexi-glass by white string lights. It's a sealed, closet-sized room that we fill with smoke to test each unit.

How We Test Air Purifiers

Fitbit Ace LTE Hands-On: The Apple Watch Just Got a Competitor for Kids
img-4146

Fitbit Ace LTE Hands-On: The Apple Watch Just Got a Competitor for Kids

Control Your Chromebook With Gestures and New AI Features
yt-josh-chromebook-clean

Control Your Chromebook With Gestures and New AI Features

Finding the Best Budget Smartwatch Under $100
240517-site-smartwatches-under-100

Finding the Best Budget Smartwatch Under $100

Klipsch Flexus Soundbars: Which One is Right for You?
Klipsch Flexus Range

Klipsch Flexus Soundbars: Which One is Right for You?

Unitree G1 vs. Boston Dynamics Atlas: Hypermobility in Humanoid Robots
240523-site-unitree-robotics-thumbnail-2

Unitree G1 vs. Boston Dynamics Atlas: Hypermobility in Humanoid Robots

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App
240523-site-i-turned-my-apple-tv-into-a-sega-genesis

Apple TV Just Leveled Up with the RetroArch App

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024
240521-site-microsoft-build-supercut-thumbnail

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)
240520-site-sonos-headphones-4

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)