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    Xbox 360 HD Cable Question

    Hi guys and girls.

    Before I start, I'm not that clued up when it comes to techy stuff so bear with me I may make some mistakes lol.

    Im currently using the normal AV cable (one with the HD switch) which is connecting my 360 up to both my HD tele and my 5.1 Surround sound. Im looking to get a HD component cable to use instead, but had a few questions to ask first.

    Does it make a noticable difference in picture quality compared to the cable im using at the mo?

    How would I keep my 360 connected to both my tv and surround sound with just the one HD cable? Obviously the cable Im using has the 6 pins (3 in my tele and 2 in my surround sound) so how would I do this with the HD cable?

    Thanks alot in advance, would really appreciate and help and will reward genuine help with rep.

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Do you mean the single HDMI lead?

    http://macpeanut.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/hdmi.jpg

    I don't know if it makes any difference (I don't have an HDTV) but also don't know how it would connect to your surround sound. Just wanted to clarify for others though what you were talking about But from what I think, I doubt it will make much difference and if you're happy with your current set up, I would say keep it that way. Just my opinion of course (I run my Xbox through my 18.5" LCD monitor with PC speakers - What you currently have would be a dream :p)

    Good luck!

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    DragonChris;7022949

    Do you mean the single HDMI lead?



    hmmm, im not too sure lol was looking at this one;

    xbox.com/en-…le/

    Ive just thought of something, not all 360's have a socket for the HDMI cable do they? not sure if mine has as I cant check at the mo.

    If you mean the single HDMI lead then put it into your amp first or the component lead (TV)with an optical out will do the same trick (as mong as your tv can do 1080p via component, which a lot of newer ones dont). And yes on a big screen an Hd picture will look miles better.

    HDMI Cable (As pictured above) from XBOX to HDTV and then Surround sound from your TV to your speakers. Basically you dont need your XBOX linked to your surround sound... HDMI Will do sound and video into your tv, then take the sound out of the TV to the surround sound.

    I think thats what you mean - PM me if you need nemore advice.

    markymark34;7023013

    If you mean the single HDMI lead then put it into your amp first or the … If you mean the single HDMI lead then put it into your amp first or the component lead (TV)with an optical out will do the same trick (as mong as your tv can do 1080p via component, which a lot of newer ones dont). And yes on a big screen an Hd picture will look miles better.



    This :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    DragonChris;7022949

    Do you mean the single HDMI lead?I don't know if it makes any difference … Do you mean the single HDMI lead?I don't know if it makes any difference (I don't have an HDTV) but also don't know how it would connect to your surround sound. Just wanted to clarify for others though what you were talking about But from what I think, I doubt it will make much difference and if you're happy with your current set up, I would say keep it that way. Just my opinion of course (I run my Xbox through my 18.5" LCD monitor with PC speakers - What you currently have would be a dream :p)Good luck!



    Lol understanding HD fully is my dream!

    Cheers for the help matey, appreciate it...repped:thumbsup:

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    Bigpoppaad;7023022

    HDMI Cable (As pictured above) from XBOX to HDTV and then Surround sound … HDMI Cable (As pictured above) from XBOX to HDTV and then Surround sound from your TV to your speakers. Basically you dont need your XBOX linked to your surround sound... HDMI Will do sound and video into your tv, then take the sound out of the TV to the surround sound. I think thats what you mean - PM me if you need nemore advice.



    brilliant mate, exactly what I needed to know thanks alot.

    repped

    Original Poster

    markymark34;7023013

    If you mean the single HDMI lead then put it into your amp first or the … If you mean the single HDMI lead then put it into your amp first or the component lead (TV)with an optical out will do the same trick (as mong as your tv can do 1080p via component, which a lot of newer ones dont). And yes on a big screen an Hd picture will look miles better.



    cheers mate, repped

    manchesterjim;7022996

    hmmm, im not too sure lol was looking at this … hmmm, im not too sure lol was looking at this one;http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360hdmiavcable/Ive just thought of something, not all 360's have a socket for the HDMI cable do they? not sure if mine has as I cant check at the mo.



    Ah yes, forgot about that converter thing.

    No, not all Xboxes have HDMI, but if you bought yours within the last year or so, I would put a safe bet on it having HDMI

    This is assuming that you are buying a new HDMI cable.

    But with your current cable you could still do the same.

    You currently I believe have 6 cables (RED, YELLOW, WHITE, GREEN, BLUE and RED) this is called component cable.

    If you only use 3 (YELLOW, WHITE and RED) to your normal AV or SCART socket then you do not get HD (put the switch on the NO HD option)

    But if you have a component input on your TV then you should have 6 input. You must disconnect the one you had from your AV and plug them all in the Comopnent side. Basically the (GREEN, BLUE, Yellow and RED would be the VIDEO) and the other (White and RED) would be the audio. So in theory you could plug the four VIDEO to your TV and keep the AUDIO to your surround sound.

    The component cable that comes with the 360 (the one with 6 coloured plugs at one end and the TV / HDTV switch at the other end) has a black HD Audio Out socket at the switch-end.

    I'm struggling to tell what you want. Did your 360 not come with the component cable?

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    asandino;7023788

    This is assuming that you are buying a new HDMI cable.But with your … This is assuming that you are buying a new HDMI cable.But with your current cable you could still do the same.You currently I believe have 6 cables (RED, YELLOW, WHITE, GREEN, BLUE and RED) this is called component cable.If you only use 3 (YELLOW, WHITE and RED) to your normal AV or SCART socket then you do not get HD (put the switch on the NO HD option)But if you have a component input on your TV then you should have 6 input. You must disconnect the one you had from your AV and plug them all in the Comopnent side. Basically the (GREEN, BLUE, Yellow and RED would be the VIDEO) and the other (White and RED) would be the audio. So in theory you could plug the four VIDEO to your TV and keep the AUDIO to your surround sound.



    Painkiller;7023974

    The component cable that comes with the 360 (the one with 6 coloured … The component cable that comes with the 360 (the one with 6 coloured plugs at one end and the TV / HDTV switch at the other end) has a black HD Audio Out socket at the switch-end.I'm struggling to tell what you want. Did your 360 not come with the component cable?



    yeah ive got the one with the six pins and im using it in the way asandino suggested with the HD switch ON.....was just under the impression that the HD cable I was looking at would give a better quality....am i wrong? If so, brilliant!

    I will echo the first comment of 'keep it that way'. I might compare the difference between component & hdmi on a 32" Samsung over the weekend - not much point comparing it on the 19" DGM it's hooked up to atm.

    manchesterjim;7024494

    yeah ive got the one with the six pins and im using it in the way … yeah ive got the one with the six pins and im using it in the way asandino suggested with the HD switch ON.....was just under the impression that the HD cable I was looking at would give a better quality....am i wrong? If so, brilliant!



    The difference between Component and HDMI is a bit significant but not that much. If you were to pay £100 for a HDMI cable I would say is not worth it. but as you can get HDMI cables for £2 I would say is worth it.

    But you can still get HD with your Component cable you only need to plug it correctly.
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