Finally. HD Programming.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TheMonarch, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    After using my HD LCDTV for a couple of months as a nice monitor for my PowerBook, I finally pulled the plug on DishNetwork and ordered an HD receiver from Direct TV and a DVR for my SD TV . It should be on its way by thursday :D

    But this got me thinking... A lot!
    Since my TV has:
    2 x Component
    3 x Composite [Incl. 1xSvideo]
    1 x VGA
    1 x DVI

    I *really* like connecting this thing to my PowerBook (Via DVI) to this thing but I also want to get the best picture quality from the HD receiver.

    So... Should I demote my PowerBook down to VGA (And connect the receiver using HDMI>VGA)? Or should I connect the receiver using component video cables? Is there a way to go from HDMI>DVI>VGA?

    Who here uses component?
    Who here uses HDMI?
    Who here uses HDMI>DVI?
    My TV is 1366x768... But accepts anything from 480p 1080i. Since it goes above 720p, and LCDs don't like anything under their native resolution... What resolution should I use?
    So many questions!:confused: :eek:

  2. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2005
    Tacoma WA
    Try all video sources, game console, dvd player, whatever you have with them all and then rate them. Whatever you use the most should have the priority plug...which i'm assuming is going to be your DVI port. You could also do some searching and invest in a dvi switch. I'm sure there's one out there somewhere.

    I actually prefer HDMI over DVI simply due to less cables hanging (get it) around. Not only that but in my eyes it looks better...on my set. It might be a different case on your set, and your eyes, that's why I suggest you do the video comparison with all your vid sources and try out all the cables with them all.

    You may actually be happy with dvi from the pbook, and components from your sat provider box. Give it a shot!
  3. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    You could get a DVI switch box like a friend of mine has. As far as DVI vs HDMI there really isn't much difference except that HDMI can carry sound and video over the same cable.

    The difference between DVI and using Component for your HD broadcasts will not be noticeable, you could use component for your HD receiver and keep the DVI free for your laptop.

    I personally go HDMI from both my DVD player and my HD receiver to my TV, and digital audio out to my receiver. My TV is basically for video only, i have the speakers turned off.

    Have fun :)


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