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Old 10-03-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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HDMI Cables

I have an HDTV and up until now I have had the cable box hooked hooked up to the TV with the component cables. I just bought an HDMI cable and hooked that up. I was told it does not matter if I leave the component cables plugged in. Does anyone know if this is true? Will I get a better picture if I unplug those?

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Old 10-03-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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Well...how 'bout you try it and "see," literally.
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You know, I would answer that but I think you should wait.......
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:08 PM   #4
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Yeah I could try it, but that would require pulling the wall unit, TV, and cable box out again which is no small task.
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It doesn’t matter. Some TVs are auto-sensing and detect the port the signal is on.

The majority of the others require you to select the “port” you’ve plugged the signal into (AV1, AV2, etc). But either way, each AV port has it’s own front end circuitry and will not be loaded down or affected by other AV inputs. So, it doesn’t matter; you can leave both plugged in.
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Thanks keltin. That is basically what I was told, but I just wanted a second opinion. From the cable box to the TV I do not think I see much if any difference, but for $6 for the cable I figured I would be crazy not to go for it.
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HDMI is the cable of choice for HD. But the cable box is going to be outputting about 95% SD (Standard Definition) signal. Most cable companies are only carrying about 7-12 HD channels right now. Depending on your TV, you should see some difference for HD signals with the new HDMI cable versus component, but it’s likely to be slim. Until more manufacturers take advantage of the HDMI interface (which is relatively new), it’s biggest draw is simpler cabling!

DVD is another matter!
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My cable company offers 20 HD channels right now. I just noticed a bunch more tonight then where there yesterday.

Unfortunately my DVD player is a piece of junk. It does not have HDMI. Maybe I now have my excuse to upgrade.
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My cable company offers 20 HD channels right now. I just noticed a bunch more tonight then where there yesterday.

Unfortunately my DVD player is a piece of junk. It does not have HDMI. Maybe I now have my excuse to upgrade.
20???? Sweet. Who are you with?
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Hey, GB, Christmas/Chanukah is coming...in not too many weeks. You might want to put your new "toys" on your holiday list. Just an idea. Have you been a good boy?
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