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#1 8 years ago

I want to buy a new monitor, but I was wondering if there is (noticable) quality difference between HDMI and DVI, just by looking at the monitor. I know HDMI contains HD sound as well, but I don't need that.




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#2 8 years ago
So, which is better, DVI or component? HDMI or component? The answer--unsatisfying, perhaps, but true--is that it depends. It depends upon your source and display devices, and there's no good way, in principle, to say in advance whether the digital or the analog connection will render a better picture. You may even find, say, that your DVD player looks better through its DVI or HDMI output, while your satellite or cable box looks better through its component output, on the same display. In this case, there's no real substitute for simply plugging it in and giving it a try both ways.

DVI vs. HDMI vs. Component Video -- Which is Better? - eCoustics.com




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#3 8 years ago
The Ferox;5384128I know HDMI contains HD sound as well, but I don't need that.

And that's about the only difference really, they both carry discrete colors and are capable of equal video performance. Where you really want to make an HDMI vs DVI choice on monitors is in deciding what components you plan to hook up to them.

Game consoles now have HDMI ports, and of course if you don't want to be restricted to watching movies via a software player on your PC, many of which can be problematic in one way or another, you might want to hook up a home DVD or Blu-ray player.

Most monitors don't have too many HDMI ports though, and HDMI to DVI cables and/or adapters work just fine. I use a DVI to HDMI adapter on my GPU, with an HDMI cable going from it to my HDTV.

Note that if you want to play Blu-ray movies on the monitor it needs to be HDCP compliant. It doesn't actually have to have an HDMI port though.




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#4 8 years ago

This probably sounds ignorant but I thought, video wise, DVI and HDMI were fairly compatable.

I use a DVI to HDMI converter, for the PC on my TV, for example?


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#5 8 years ago

They are pretty much the same. Tbh a lot of monitors now have multiple inputs so the chances are you could get with both but if sound is not in the loop then DVI is fine. Just look at the max resolution and work from that.




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#6 8 years ago

I was asking the same thing a long time ago...I went with HDMI and noticed quite a decent improvement of color and clarity. HDMI removed the color banding that was evident in many games and around many static images such as the Windows login screen image and others where there was a present sun.

A decent HDMI cable (in terms of build quality and shielding) will cost $60-$100. The 10M one I purchased for my TV cost me $350, a huge rip off I know, but it had "solid gold" connectors and fully insulated shielding.

I always rather pay more for anything in IT, because if there is one thing in IT that everyone agree's on (that I've meet) is that you get what you pay for.




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#7 8 years ago

DVI and HDMI are literally the exact same thing in a different package. As far as I know, the formatting and codec is the same, the only difference being what kind of stuff it comes on, and that HDMI also carries 7.1 surround sound (Or perhaps more? Not sure.)




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#8 8 years ago
FileTrekker;5384185 I use a DVI to HDMI converter, for the PC on my TV, for example?

That's what i do since my 4870 doesn't have native HDMI output. I works just fine, even the built-in HDMI sound output that the 4870's have works using the adapter.




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#9 8 years ago

Sgt. D. Pilla;5384362I was asking the same thing a long time ago...I went with HDMI and noticed quite a decent improvement of color and clarity. HDMI removed the color banding that was evident in many games and around many static images such as the Windows login screen image and others where there was a present sun.

A decent HDMI cable (in terms of build quality and shielding) will cost $60-$100. The 10M one I purchased for my TV cost me $350, a huge rip off I know, but it had "solid gold" connectors and fully insulated shielding.

I always rather pay more for anything in IT, because if there is one thing in IT that everyone agree's on (that I've meet) is that you get what you pay for.

You did get ripped. That same cable is worth about $50 at a repuatable seller (that is, one who doesn't gouge). Regardless, there is no functional difference in the video quality between DVI and HDMI. HDMI will carry audio, as has been mentioned, and if anything is a worse option because each individual conductor is so much smaller. As a practical matter, this isn't really an issue at reasonable run lengths.

So if your monitor is compatible, and you have the appropriate ports, go for HDMI if you like. If not, no biggie. But please, don't fall for the hype and overpay; it's a digital signal FFS!




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#10 8 years ago

The only time an HDMI cable will give you better performance as per Pilla's post is if you are using a non HDMI or DVI type cable previously or the DVI cable you were using is an utter POS, period. There is no such thing as HDMI cables that are better than DVI cables if they're of reasonable quality, and it certainly doesn't take big money to buy either. The high priced shielding, silver solder, etc, tech is mostly hype to make big profits. The accessories of any electronics store such as Best Buy, Fry's, etc, by far have the highest profit margin of anything in the store.

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