which option would be better?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Josh.L, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Josh.L

    Josh.L Agent

    Oct 5, 2002
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    I just got a new Sony 32"LCD. It has a HDMI input.

    My cable box has a DVI output.

    My DVD has a HDMI output.

    What would be the optimum connection? Should I use the HDMI input on the TV for the DVD, or should I use it for HDTV and get a DVI to HDMI cable?

    Would it depend on if I watch DVD's or HD more?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    You are really not going to get any better picture quality with DVI vs HDMI.

    The 'optimal' solution is the one that makes your system easy to use.

    Use the HDMI input on the TV for whatever source you use most. This way it is quick to pick from your remote.

    My personal choice would be to get the CATV box to use the HDMI input. This leaves your DVD player to have separate cables to feed video to the TV and audio to your HT reciever for sound.

    Casual TV watching is simply 1 input selection for the TV. More serious movie watching involves fireing up the reciever.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Zack Gibbs

    Zack Gibbs Screenwriter

    Sep 15, 2005
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    Bob said it pretty well, I just wanted to explain that DVI and HDMI are essentially the same thing (hence the equal picture quality) but while DVI carries only the picture, HDMI can carry sound as well. That may be of use when hooking everything up.

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