Will DVI to HDMI cable be fine for hooking Mac mini up to television?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Doju, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    The Mac mini came with a cable from mini-DVI to DVI. Our local store has a DVI to HDMI cord so I could plug my Mac mini into my TV.

    Would this work fine? Or is the whole double cable thing (mini-DVI to DVI, DVI to HDMI) a bad idea as it will cause worse picture quality or something? Would I be better off going mini-displayport to HDMI? (Keep in mind it's like three weeks to get that to ship here, DVI to HDMI is a walk down the street.)
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    It should work fine. The signal is digital from end to end and the mDVI to DVI is just to save space in Mini because full size DVI would be so big (and ugly).
  3. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    I do this with no loss in quality. Conceptually, HDMI and DVI are the exact same signals, except HDMI incorporates extra functionality (audio, DRM, etc.)
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    Like the others said, it will be fine. It's a purely digital signal. You can even find a mini-DVI to HDMI adapter if you want to minimize the number of adapters.
  5. quantum003 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2009
    Yes. I use one and it works perfectly. DVI to HDMI male.

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