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chibahawk
04-05-2007, 05:53 PM
My Time Warner Cable dude came through and hooked up an HD cable box for me. I get like 20 channels in HD for free - no added cost on my subscription.

However my TV guide loads up slow and of course the non-HD channels aren't astounding. Would using a DVI cable instead of the Component cable he hooked up make any difference?

j3bus2k3
04-05-2007, 05:54 PM
I wouldnt think so, they're still analog channels...

tEh koRnDog
04-05-2007, 05:54 PM
i have time warner and only get 13, we use comonents, the HD channels are awsome, especially sports, others not as good.

joetama
04-05-2007, 08:23 PM
Not too much better...

You could try it however, some devices output better signal over their HDMI/DVI inputs than they do their Component...

DBfan187
04-05-2007, 08:53 PM
My HDMI looks and sounds better than using RCA's and component cables.

joetama
04-05-2007, 08:54 PM
My HDMI looks and sounds better than using RCA's and component cables.

Maybe... That depends on the source unit and the components of the system...

:fyi:

DBfan187
04-05-2007, 08:58 PM
Motorola DCT6416 III, and 42" Plasma.

joetama
04-05-2007, 08:59 PM
Uhh probably....

btnhfan
04-06-2007, 01:26 PM
I thought DVI was digital?

joetama
04-06-2007, 01:26 PM
DVI is digital...

It is the exact same as HDMI but with out the audio...

btnhfan
04-06-2007, 03:37 PM
I wouldnt think so, they're still analog channels...

Yea so what is he talking about?

Or maybe Im misunderstanding what he meant?

JohnnyChuttz
04-06-2007, 03:41 PM
My understanding is that for under 25' of cable you will never see the difference between the three.

joetama
04-06-2007, 03:52 PM
Pretty much....

adam71
04-08-2007, 01:22 PM
I would say its all trial and error. I remember when my brother first bought his HD set he went out and bought a DVI cable thinking it would be the best. He soon after found out that the component looked better than the DVI between his TV and HD satellite receiver.

So basically when you use the DVI cable you're using the TV set's decoding.??? And when you use component you're using the HD receiver's circuitry?? I'm not big into video as much as I am into audio.

elementxero
04-08-2007, 01:26 PM
My understanding is that for under 25' of cable you will never see the difference between the three.

I noticed a difference between component and DVI, not a huge one but DVI was noticably clearer to me.

Then again it's just as likely to be placebo effect. Watch me, if I start ranting about how $500 solid wires are making a difference in my system I'm full of **** ;)

chucku
04-08-2007, 01:33 PM
Switching to hdmi from comp cable made a noticable diff on my 42'' plasma, seemed to get rid of some of the excess red tones in the picture.