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Old 09-05-2007, 05:31 PM
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Default HD DVD - Component 1080i vs. HDMI 1080p

I'm just curious if anyone has bought the HDMI cable to improve the picture quality of their HD DVD drive. I've heard the difference is negligible, but I'm not opposed to buying the cable if the difference is worth $50. I realize it's kind of a subjective question, and various factors (television, movie, etc.) can affect the output, but I just thought I'd get some opinions.

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Old 09-07-2007, 08:48 AM
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I would have pending my 360 was elite and not premium. I too have heard it is a minor difference but you can run 1080p via component i was told....
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:16 AM
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You can't run 1080p with component.I've watched the same movies with 1080i and 1080p and i can't really say i noticed a striking difference.
If the $50 is a lot to you it might not be worth it.
Personally it bugged me not to spend the cash and try it if my tv had the capability so i did.
From reading video forums the difference is sposed to be most obvious during action scenes in movies.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:24 AM
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I was pretty sure the update came out in 2006 that allowed 1080p over component and VGA....but maybe that was just for gaming.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:44 AM
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Most TVs don't do 1080p over component. Also, you cannot upscale DVDs over component...so there is some merit to going HDMI/VGA.

Personally, I noticed a difference, but it depends a lot on your TV size/viewing distance.

Also, HDMI cables are like $6 at monoprice.com, don't pay $50 for one.
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:47 AM
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oh ... my bad. I did not know that. I know my tv does 1080p over component inputs...but anytime i try and change it on the friggin 360 screen goes black...not sure. Maybe I just never updated lol.
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:55 PM
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ACTUALLY, the 360 does go to 1080p over component when playing games. And the 360 will only go up to 1080i for movies. It's a HDCP thing, I think, but Microsoft did something with VGA that crosses it.
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:12 PM
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Most TVs don't do 1080p over component. Also, you cannot upscale DVDs over component...so there is some merit to going HDMI/VGA.

Personally, I noticed a difference, but it depends a lot on your TV size/viewing distance.

Also, HDMI cables are like $6 at monoprice.com, don't pay $50 for one.
Dude you can upscale dvds over component. my elite does it no problemo. maybe premiums don't but elites sure do
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:39 PM
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1080p is possible over VGA not Component. Component will not let the signal through.
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:08 PM
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Okay,

You can upscale SD DVD via component, there are LOTS of player that allow this (not just the 360), but MOST will only scale to 1080i...

The 360 WILL output 1080p via component, but most TVs will not accept a 1080p signal on the component inputs. It's not a cable bandwidth issue (usually)... it's a TV setting.

VGA can pass 1080p because it technically doesn't fall into the same rules as component and HDMI. VGA is a computer video connection, so the rules don't apply.

Back to the OPs question,
I noticed a difference with my KDS-R60XBR2, but there is a known issue with de-interlacing 1080i to 1080p. It's not that the picutre gains a lot of resolution, but the fast motion sequences don't 'blur', or artifact. To me, it was worth the extra $90 to upgrade to the Elite.
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