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Question about video adapter cables

jbarley

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I'm considering a new monitor, my problem is the one I'm leaning towards has HDMI and VGA inputs while my computer has dual DVI outputs.
Which adapter cable would be the better choice?
DVI -> HDMI
or...
DVI -> VGA

Thanks for any and all input on this.
 

redheeler

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DVI to HDMI for best quality, because VGA is analog instead of digital.
 
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bunnspecial

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DVI and HDMI are signal compatible with the exception of the fact that DVI doesn't carry audio. A passive adapter or a cable terminated with DVI on one end and HDMI on the other end are common.

Many of the new monitors I've seen with HDMI in come with a DVI-HDMI cable in the box.
 
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jbarley

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Not a problem as I use an external sound setup anyway.
Also the monitor in question comes with just a VGA cable.
I also see small adapters available and quite inexpensive, probably the way to go because like most no doubt, I've collected a mirage of cables over the years.
 
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