HDMI vs Component

nheather

Distinguished Member
Hi,

My old XBox (Zephyr) has finally died and I've bought a replacement (it's a Jasper).

The XBox sits in my Home Theatre which is all set up and tidy. Currently it connected using Component because that was the only HD option available with my old XBox.

My new console has HDMI aswell as Component so I have two options.

To be honest, using Component will be simplest because it will mean a lot less work and disruption, but happy to do it if there is any benefit.

So my questions are

1) Does HDMI offer any benefit over Component for the XBox?

2) What audio does the XBox HDMI support - none, stereo, 5.1, HD?

Thanks for your help.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

Jay

Banned
1) Does HDMI offer any benefit over Component for the XBox?
It's a question often asked, and the honest answer is that it depends on your display.

Some displays handle digital inputs better than analogue inputs.

On a "better" display the differences will be marginal, on a cheaper hd ready tv for example the hdmi inputs are often better than the analogue ones.

Also some displays won't display 1080p over component whereas all 1080p tvs will display 1080p over hdmi.
 

GMC79

Distinguished Member
Yeah will depend on display as said above, for me the only difference i can tell of is i get a very minor Interference with component (360) than HDMI (ps3), but it's minor and cant really be seen apart from looking closer when guide is up.
Apart from that both look very nice and id be happy using either as there's such little difference for me.
 

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mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> I used the forum search facility to look up my TV and there I found a very comprehensive guide on what different displays it can handle.

For me i find HDMI has a far better look, however as said above this may not necessary be true for you.

FYI - Often people post what TV settings (brightness, colour, HDMI Black Level, etc) they use for the different sources (Cable, Blue Ray, Games Console). All can be found in the various forms and it does really make a difference.<o:p></o:p>
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
My display, a Pioneer KRP-500M handles component at 1080P - that's what I was using on the previous XBox.

It will be simpler to use component because the old lead is still in place and connected up.

If I go HDMI then I've either got to run it direct to the TV or to the amp - neither of which are particularly accessible easily.

If someone had said there was a massive improvement or you could get HD sound I would have gone for HDMI but I guess I'll stick with Component.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

james.miller

Well-known Member
My display, a Pioneer KRP-500M handles component at 1080P - that's what I was using on the previous XBox.

It will be simpler to use component because the old lead is still in place and connected up.

If I go HDMI then I've either got to run it direct to the TV or to the amp - neither of which are particularly accessible easily.

If someone had said there was a massive improvement or you could get HD sound I would have gone for HDMI but I guess I'll stick with Component.

Cheers,

Nigel
move the xbox right infront of the tv, plug it in direct with hdmi and try it then.
 

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