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    HDMI or Component on Xbox 360, which is best?

    Hi Guys,

    Just bought a new Sony HDTV, and am very happy with it. The picture is amazing!

    Currently, I am connecting my xbox 360 to it via the component leads, and it does output at 1080p, so I am happy with that.

    If I buy a decent HDMI cable for it, will my picture improve?

    Has anyone tried both?

    Thanks and Rep for any advice

    18 Comments

    Banned

    Marginally, yes, as it is a digital signal, and component is analogue.

    Try a 99p HDMI lead!

    hdmi is better yes

    Yeah, it does improve slighty, just dont get conned into buying a £100 HDMI cable, they do the same job as a 99p one.

    HDMI..........but unless you have a large screen TV you won't see any difference.

    Original Poster

    I didn't realise that component was an analogue signal.

    Is the difference really that notable? I will get a cheap one when the shops round here open up again.

    I only have a 32" screen, will I see a difference?

    Thanks to you all, rep left for everyone

    Didn't think the 360 could do 1080p?

    Goonieman;7528484

    Didn't think the 360 could do 1080p?



    Yes............most games now are 1080p. It's just their movie service that is 720p

    Syzable;7528495

    Yes............most games now are 1080p. It's just their movie service … Yes............most games now are 1080p. It's just their movie service that is 720p



    Ah right, thought it was 720 only. Thanks. :thumbsup:

    Banned

    The 360 won't do 1080p through a component. Go with the HDMI cable. As it's a digital signal, it doesn't matter how cheap the cable is as long as the 360 interprets the signal as a 1 or a 0. Even a microwave operating next to it wouldn't cause that much distortiong on an HDMI cable. On a component, however..........

    I use HDMI on a 32 and a 37 inch flatscreen. Do it now!

    Original Poster

    Goonieman;7528484

    Didn't think the 360 could do 1080p?



    yeah it definitely can. In the system settings, there is an option for 1080p, Forza 3 looked AMAZING!!

    Original Poster

    Thanks a lot guys. I have repped everyone

    if i have an old 360 (without a hdmi connection) does anyone know if i can get a cable with the old connection on one end and an hdmi connection on the other?

    dcx_badass;7528508

    Probably won't notice a difference, but for the sake of £1 doesn't hurt … Probably won't notice a difference, but for the sake of £1 doesn't hurt to change over anyway.



    agreed.

    Original Poster

    andymack;7528884

    if i have an old 360 (without a hdmi connection) does anyone know if i … if i have an old 360 (without a hdmi connection) does anyone know if i can get a cable with the old connection on one end and an hdmi connection on the other?



    I don't think they make a cable like that do they?

    The Hdmi also includes Dolby trueHd 5.1 which i dont think optical will decode .

    dcx_badass;7530095

    Can't get them, you need a converter box to convert Analogue to Digital, … Can't get them, you need a converter box to convert Analogue to Digital, pretty expensive and not really worth it.



    poop - aw well the component will just have to do - ta though

    Goonieman;7528484

    Didn't think the 360 could do 1080p?



    yes it can

    Original Poster

    Managed to borrow an HDMI cable and just tried it out.

    The quality is a lot better! There is certainly less motion blur. Also as Tazzer said, you get proper Dolby 5.1 which is great.

    I have the HDMI going into my TV and then a digital optical going from the TV to my amp.

    Thanks to everyone
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