Can VGA be better than HDMI?

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  1. Bryan^H

    Bryan^H Producer

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    I know for a fact that my Vga connection to my monitor looks worlds better than Component hook up(for movies, and video games in HD, and SDVD).

    I seriously don't want to shell out $50 for a HDMI cable when I feel it might not even be an improvement.
     
  2. Brian Borst

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    HDMI is different than component, so you should see a difference with both VGA and HDMI. But hdmi is digital and vga is optical. Technically hdmi should be better, because there is no converting being done (it stays all-digital) while with vga there has to be some converting because it's optical.
    And btw, there are hdmi cables for ten bucks, so you could at least give it a try.
     
  3. Joseph DeMartino

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    VGA is, of course, "analog" - not "optical". [​IMG] And you can certainly get a quality HDMI cable without payng the idiot prices some companies charge. Try Blue Jeans Cable or RAM Electronics, both HTF advertisers.

    HDMI won't necessarily look better than the other connections, though. On my system I can't really tell the difference between component and HDMI, and I always thought VGA looked worse than the other two. YMMV.

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    Joe
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    While VGA can handle HDTV, the selection of resolutions offered by your equipment using VGA might be more limited, such as 640x480 (DVD is 720x480) and 1024x768 (HDTV is 1280x720 or 1920x1080).

    Also VGA is not copy protection compliant (HDCP compliant). In the not to distant future equipment will not deliver HDTV quality unless the path all the way to the screen is HDMI with HDCP compliance.
     
  5. Brian Borst

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    Yes, I realised that some time after I posted it. Sometimes I confuse the two [​IMG].
     
  6. Bryan^H

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    Thanks Joe.
    I'll check into the lower priced HDMI cables.
     
  7. Todd H

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    In addition to those two, monoprice.com has excellent cable prices as well.
     

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