DVI or Component - which is better

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ehr

Guest
Hi,

I have a customer who bought a 42" TV which has no DVI input. He was very unhappy with the quality of the picture through SCART and then overrjoyed when he saw how good it is through component.

An engineer who advised him insisted to me afterwards that component is far better than DVI for HDTV. Is this correct?

Also, the screen is 1910 x 1100. Is there any to use this resoluton without DVI input?

Patrick (feeling particualry clueless today)
 

gareth78

Standard Member
DVI or HDMI are both superior to component as both these connections are true digital, component only offers a analogue signal.
 
E

ehr

Guest
So are 42" tellies with no DVI or HDMI input going to be worth having in a digital world? Feeling a bit worried I might have bought a set of lemons :-(
 

neilmcl

Well-known Member
ehr said:
So are 42" tellies with no DVI or HDMI input going to be worth having in a digital world? Feeling a bit worried I might have bought a set of lemons :-(
The only reason you may feel at a loss is if you planned to watch HD TV in the future. Although HiDef can be displayed via component, if the content it is HDCP encoded then you'll need a DVI or HDMI connection.
 

jimg

Active Member
ehr said:
So are 42" tellies with no DVI or HDMI input going to be worth having in a digital world? Feeling a bit worried I might have bought a set of lemons :-(
I am bit worried that you are a retailer and do not the answers! :devil:
 
All isn't lost. You can still buy 'black boxes' that convert DVI-HDCP to Analogue VGA, if your display has such an input. As far as I know, they are entirely legal for this very legitimate purpose.

Go to www.keene.co.uk and search product code DVIFIX.
 
E

ehr

Guest
Thanks all for both the info and the very useful links.

So in summary, a 42" TV with a 1920 x 1080 reslution screen but no DVI is a good investment for anyone except those who expect to need access to HDCP encoded content.

Not bad. thought I'd have to sell them as big monitors :)
 
E

ehr

Guest
jimg said:
I am bit worried that you are a retailer and do not the answers! :devil:
Me too ;-)

Seriously, I'm easily pleased. I've learnt not to assume that just because is good enough for me that its good enough to offer to the public.
 
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chowells

Guest
Lyris said:
All isn't lost. You can still buy 'black boxes' that convert DVI-HDCP to Analogue VGA, if your display has such an input. As far as I know, they are entirely legal for this very legitimate purpose.
You'd be in trouble in the US due to the DMCA but I suspect you'd be OK in europe. Does it have a legitimate HDCP licence? If so there's always the problem that the it could stop working if the licence was revoked.
 
I have no idea, but I'll be buying it soon. It'll be worth it even it's just to extend the life of my display for awhile longer. I'll need a VGA to Component transcoder AS WELL though :rolleyes:
 

rik1471

Novice Member
Component will provide a very very close 2nd best image to DVI/HDMI - most people won't be able to notice any difference at all.

Remember XBox 360 HD will be component only, Sky+ HD will have component output, so all is not lost.
 
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