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HDMI vs. Component

September 14, 2007

There is a great article at Tom’s Guide about this very subject (hat tip Digital Media Thoughts). The conclusion:

The real point is that there’s not really a winner: the argument to be made is that both formats function just fine. HDMI is nice because it incorporates both audio and video, and that’s a very nice extra feature. However, if your cable company’s HD converter box only supports component output, that’s not a reason to jump to another service provider. Analog technologies date back decades upon decades and are built on a long-standing tradition. And while digital formats are supposed to deliver more fulfilling standards, they’re often under-utilized in favor of making cheaper products.

Personally, I have found component to be the most reliable solution in the sense that it is supported by the widest variety of hardware.

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