DVI Versus Componet connection

lsh1885

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I have a Westinghouse 30" LCD HDTV. I had always heard the DVI connection was a much better connection for HDTV, but because the DVI cables were so expensive, I stuck with Component until now. I was able to find HDMI to DVI cables at a reasonable price, so decided to go ahead and give it a try. After hooking it up contrary to what a lot of people say, the Component seems to have a better picture. THe DVI connection appears much darker and harder to see. The Component appears to have better color definition and a much sharper image. The TV manual discusses hooking a computer to the DVI, but no mention of hooking it up to an HDTV source. I find that to be a little curious. Is there such a thing as a DVI connection that only supports computer resolutions and not HDTV or should I try changing some of the TV settings? Thanks.
 
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Mark_AR

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Make sure the video settings are the same for each input. Some/most newer TV's allow you to set custom levels for *each* input.

This may be the reason for the difference between Y/Pr/Pb and HDMI/DVI.

To answer the second part.

You can get a VGA to DVI cable or other adapter for hooking up the LCD to your computer.

Check out monoprice.com Their cables are priced right.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=VGA+DVI
 

lsh1885

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I really have no interest in hooking up my computer to a TV, but if I did the TV has both a DVI & VGA connection. Iam using a HDMI to DVI, because the Dish Network Satellite receiver (VIP211) uses a HDMI connection.
 

Digital Dude

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It is a common fallacy that DVI/HDMI is automatically a superior picture. Many sets give a better picture with component, 2 identical sets could give different reqsults. Best to try both and go with what YOU prefer.
 

lsh1885

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It looks like in my case that component looks better on my TV. Another thing unusual about my set, even though it is considered a widescreen set, the aspect ratio is 15:9 and not 16:9, I had never heard of that before. Thanks to everyone for their input!
 

DarrellP

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I have an old Voom box connected to my 720P projector via DVI and the picture is not better than what I get from Component. I think the component has a richer color pallette compared to the DVI.
 
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