Is DVI the same as HDMI? Looking to buy a Mini-DVI to DVI or HDMI...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SamIchi, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    So I have a VGA connection to my monitor from my Macbook currently cause I had a mini-dvi to vga adapter conveniently. But I heard DVI will be better, so I was looking to get another adapter.

    Should get a Mini-DVI to DVI or Mini-DVI to HDMI? Would that produce the same picture cause they are both digital? I don't plan on connecting to any other diplays or tv's but would one be more versatile than the other?

    Oh, and I saw that Apple doesn't make a HDMI adapter, is there a reason why not? I saw it on eBay so it made me curious. I've searched this topic, but I didn't see a thread that answered my questions.

    Thanks for the input!
  2. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    DVI-D and HDMI are both digital and interchangeable with adapters with no signal loss. Both can handle HDCP for Blu Ray players and such.

    For instance, I can plug my PC into my HD TV just by using a DVI-D to HDMI cable, it plugs right in and works perfectly. I could also use a regular DVI-D to DVI-D cable and use an adapter on the TV side.

    The only difference, aside from the pinouts, is that HDMI can carry audio with it as well. It's a nice package, one wire handles everything up to 7.1 Dolby.

    The thing is I'm not sure if Mac's pass audio through HDMI.

    HDMI doesn't come on a lot of computer LCD's, mainly because they don't have speakers, but it's starting to show up slowly. All HD TV LCD's have HDMI and most don't DVI-D.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    No audio pass through. The lack of of audio through the video out on Mac is the key reason Apple doesn't have a HDMI converter. The other is because a lot of its hardware is already set for DVI. I use a Mini-DVI to HDMI on my Mini to my LCD TV. I would have done DVI, but my TV doesn't support that directly. Then I have the Mini's audio go to my stereo using a RCA converter.

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