I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on this issue. I have a Sony upscaling DVD player and a 22" Sylvania LCD 720p set. The composite video looks great -- nice and crisp. I switched to using an HDMI cable that I received free with my DVR a couple years ago. The cable did not have a brand name on it. Because I still have the composite cables plugged in, I can switch back and forth and compare the pictures from both inputs. The HDMI picture is noticeably worse than the composite. I have it set at 720p. I thought it would be significantly better. Whenever a blank expanse comes up, mainly when it's surrounded by other dark objects, grain is very noticeable -- little swimming grainy spots. On the composite, this grain is not evident, or it is very faint. I have found differences between films; some look better in the HDMI and some worse, but all look worse than the composite picture. The only advantage to HDMI is that it gives you a tiny more picture image on the sides. Does anyone know what might be the cause? I've come across a comment that the quality/brand of the HDMI cable might affect its picture, and also that a shorter cable will give you a better image as well. The cable I have is pretty long, at least six feet, and I don't need it to be that long. I'm also wondering whether I might have damaged one of the ports when inserting the cable, as those ports seem pretty fragile. Does anybody have a clue?