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Wanted: XBOX 360 Official HDMI Cable and Audio Adapter

rawkinrich Avatar
7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Hi all

I wondered if you guys know the cheapest place to get this adapter. See http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xbox-360-HDMI-Cable/dp/B000VUVCK6 for clarification.

They are coming up on eBay at about £20, but I'd love one for less ;)

Thanks
Richard
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
You can have mine for £15 Paypal gift . I was gonna use it on a monitor but never used it . It is as new but i threw away the packaging.
#2
Does HDMI models not have the normal component or AV outputs with the Sound on. Does it not also give sound from that at the same time. Surely if thats the case a £3 HDMI cable and the existing sound coming from component or AV would surfice. Seems a waste of 23.99 new.
#3
Adam2050
Does HDMI models not have the normal component or AV outputs with the Sound on. Does it not also give sound from that at the same time. Surely if thats the case a £3 HDMI cable and the existing sound coming from component or AV would surfice. Seems a waste of 23.99 new.


They do yes, though I can't use the HDMI cable I already have as the xbox doesn't allow it, I can only use the normal component cable and the optical cable running from that to my amp. Quite sh*tty from Microsoft, they want you to buy their HDMI and Sound cable.

Rich
#4
rawkinrich
They do yes, though I can't use the HDMI cable I already have as the xbox doesn't allow it, I can only use the normal component cable and the optical cable running from that to my amp. Quite sh*tty from Microsoft, they want you to buy their HDMI and Sound cable.

Rich


What how does it know that its connected to an official cable or not, HDMI doesn't have memory to interact with it :? Confused.

You saying you can't use compenant and HDMI at the same time.
#5
Adam2050
What how does it know that its connected to an official cable or not, HDMI doesn't have memory to interact with it :? Confused.

You saying you can't use compenant and HDMI at the same time.


Its the connection at the back of the Xbox, if you use a standard HDMI cable, it blocks the Optical so I can't use my surround sound. Its the way they are designed. So Micro$oft has an HDMI cable with an Optical adapter.

I'm not really knowledgeable on all this either :)

Rich
#6
Personally if your going to upgrade to HDMI soley because you think your going to get a better quality of picture, I wouldn't bother there is hardly any diff and would be a complete waste of money, all you get is deeper blacks on some films.

I tossed up between this back in the day before I bought my component one. And most found that all you got better out of the HDMI versions of the xbox's overall was deeper blacks, cooler and quieter machines.
#7
"The 360 not being able to output a 1080p signal unless you buy an add-on HDDVD player is incorrect and misleading information. The truth is all 360's can output a 1080p signal which includes the elites, new 360's equipped with HDMI and older non-HDMI equipped 360's without the aid of an add-on. They all can do so via component, VGA, and HDMI if equipped. The HDMI port is not necessary to achieve 1080p output unless your 1080p hdtv cannot accept a 1080p signal via component or simply not accept 1080p resolution via VGA. But the benefits of HDMI offer a slightly superior and cleaner image compared to component or VGA. All you need to achieve a 1080p signal through your 360 is ofcourse a 360 set to output 1080p in the settings menu, a 1080p source(HDDVD's are all encoded in 1080p, also check the back of 360 games to see what resolutions they support, most support 720p & 1080i and few support 1080p, Halo 3 supports 1080p output) and the correct cables to send a 1080p signal to your 1080p tv, thats it. A side note about 1080i vs. 1080p, though 1080p is superior since it scans all lines at once providing a complete picture opposed to 1080i interlacing odd and even lines at separate intervals, the difference is only apparent if you have the eye for it. I can see the lines on interlaced signals such as 1080i and 480i move to what it appears to be up or down but only if I really try hard to find them. On casual everyday viewing the lines are practically impossible to distinguish, and many people cant distinguish the lines even if they tried hard enough. So the difference between 1080p & 1080i is insignificant unless you have the eye for it and it bothers you. For best results feed your tv the best resolution it can accept with the best connection(HDMI & DVI are better than component, component is better than S-video, S-video is better than composite, and so forth), if you have a 1080p tv then feed it 1080p, if the tv has a native resolution of 1366x768 then feed it a 1080i or 720p signal. I can understand the misconception about the 360's, HDMI, and 1080p since many sales reps are misinformed themselves. The truth is out there and don't always believe what store sales rep's may tell you since they may not know all the facts or may say something convincing just to make a sale. Always check trusted websites such as CNET and others, such as xbox.com in this case to view all the facts."

Taken from a chap on CNET
#8
"As long as you have a HDMI connection on your 360 (older ones don't) any HDMI cable should do the trick.

Component can do 1080p for games but can only do up to 1080i for films. If you have a TV capable of getting a 1080p image (and thats what you want for films) then you maybe better of using HDMI (the VGA cable can also do 1080p but you will need a TV that can take in a 1080p sinal via VGA).

I have my 360 running via component at 1080i and it works just fine and the HD picture is great in my opinion. The HD DVD playback at 1080i is good too although I have not seen the playback at 1080p (old 360 and I don't have a 1080p TV yet) and only tested my 360 on LCDs TV between 32"-42". "

Taken from a fella in AVFORUMS
#9
So confusing haha.

I have always believed that using the HDMI opposed to the massive one that comes with the Xbox is generally better. So I gave the HDMI a go and it does look amazing. Then I got hold of a Surround Sound System and would like to use them both to their full potential.

But your probably right, the difference between the HDMI and the one with the Xbox is minimal.

Rich
#10
rawkinrich
So confusing haha.

I have always believed that using the HDMI opposed to the massive one that comes with the Xbox is generally better. So I gave the HDMI a go and it does look amazing. Then I got hold of a Surround Sound System and would like to use them both to their full potential.

But your probably right, the difference between the HDMI and the one with the Xbox is minimal.

Rich


Depends if you have a 1080p TV or not. If you have and its about 37" then yeh go if its not 1080p then don't bother, I have only had to learn this recently.

If your surround sounds opitical and works then don't fix it. No point. HDMI makes a big difference on the PS3 imo. Component you won't notice a bit of diff.
#11
Thanks for your help mate

Rich
#12
rawkinrich
Thanks for your help mate

Rich


No problem :thumbsup:
#13
Hi the only benefit of the official xbox hdmi is the smaller connecter that plugs into the back of the 360 next to HDMI input and through which you can connect rca leads and get seperate sound from a second source ie a hifi if your display output is a monitor with no speakers
#14
The audio system is Pioneer HTP-GS1. Its connected via Optical cable. But I can't use the HDMI cable I have previously bought, as this blocks the Optical input on the Xbox.

So if I want to use HDMI, I need to buy Mircosofts HDMI cable, with the optical sound adapter.

Rich
#15
rawkinrich
The audio system is Pioneer HTP-GS1. Its connected via Optical cable. But I can't use the HDMI cable I have previously bought, as this blocks the Optical input on the Xbox.

So if I want to use HDMI, I need to buy Mircosofts HDMI cable, with the optical sound adapter.

Rich


Nice looking system how much that set you back?
#16
Ok. You can use any hdmi cable you like.
But to get optical or rca out, you need to use the other port thats on the 360. The normal cable that comes with the 360 to allow this to happen is too big to fit in at the same time as the hdmi cable. So, you need the audio adapter block that comes with the official hdmi cable, or the elite xbox.

You can also split the component cable open to get it to fit at the same time. Much cheaper than buying the audio block.
#17
deathtrap3000
Ok. You can use any hdmi cable you like.
But to get optical or rca out, you need to use the other port thats on the 360. The normal cable that comes with the 360 to allow this to happen is too big to fit in at the same time as the hdmi cable. So, you need the audio adapter block that comes with the official hdmi cable, or the elite xbox.

You can also split the component cable open to get it to fit at the same time. Much cheaper than buying the audio block.


There you go, Deathtraps fiddled before. Good stuff.:thumbsup:
#18
Adam2050
Nice looking system how much that set you back?


£100 second hand.

deathtrap3000
Ok. You can use any hdmi cable you like.
But to get optical or rca out, you need to use the other port thats on the 360. The normal cable that comes with the 360 to allow this to happen is too big to fit in at the same time as the hdmi cable. So, you need the audio adapter block that comes with the official hdmi cable, or the elite xbox.

You can also split the component cable open to get it to fit at the same time. Much cheaper than buying the audio block.


I've heard about splitting the cable, but I'd rather go the official way to be honest. So it looks as though if I were to go HDMI, I'd need the cable that I requested in the first post.

The question is, is it worth it? Seems that Adams got a good point, the difference would be pretty minimal.

Rich
#19
Tazzer
You can have mine for £15 Paypal gift . I was gonna use it on a monitor but never used it . It is as new but i threw away the packaging.


Offer accepted payment sent. I couldn't resist the HDMI and being sucked in by Microsoft :oops:

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