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#1 PhoenixGuard

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:56 PM

I just bought a new LCD TV, but my 360 is one of the older models that doesn't have HDMI. Is it worth getting a new xbox to get the HDMI input? Will I notice much difference between HDMI and Component?

I was thinking about just getting a 360 arcade and putting my old HD on it.

I got this Vizio LCD, if it makes a difference on the decision: Vizio XVT.

Thanks for the advice

#2 thirdeye555

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 02:44 AM

Sorry i can't be of any real help, but from what i've heard it does make quite a big difference, but I guess that is subjective.

I have the same question, I am going to upgrade to HD in a month or two and i just realized my xbox doesn't have hdmi so I also have to decide if it is worth it to purchase a new xbox.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:18 AM

QUOTE(PhoenixGuard @ Oct 3 2008, 06:32 PM) View Post

I just bought a new LCD TV, but my 360 is one of the older models that doesn't have HDMI. Is it worth getting a new xbox to get the HDMI input? Will I notice much difference between HDMI and Component?

I was thinking about just getting a 360 arcade and putting my old HD on it.

I got this Vizio LCD, if it makes a difference on the decision: Vizio XVT.

Thanks for the advice


I did the same thing, i went and traded my 360 in for a new arecade an kept my hard drive. The diffrence wasnt that big to me. Im one of those people that always wants the best though so it wasnt a question. I have a 65inch DLP. Yours being an LCD you would probably get a larger benifit then i did, since you would be getting full digital pixel to pixel matching, which i am correct is a good thing for LCDs biggrin.gif

The other thing using the hdmi did was open up some comonent slots for my wii and xbox 1.



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Posted 09 October 2008 - 03:27 AM

QUOTE(PhoenixGuard @ Oct 3 2008, 06:32 PM) View Post

I just bought a new LCD TV, but my 360 is one of the older models that doesn't have HDMI. Is it worth getting a new xbox to get the HDMI input? Will I notice much difference between HDMI and Component?

I was thinking about just getting a 360 arcade and putting my old HD on it.

I got this Vizio LCD, if it makes a difference on the decision: Vizio XVT.

Thanks for the advice



It depends on your setup. The main advantage of HDMI is that the video and audio signals are in the same cable, so when hooking to your receiver you can dazy chain them right to the stereo then to the tv. I'm not sure if the 360 takes advantage of the hdmi 1.3 deep color feature, but if it does then thats another +

what i did is picked up a vga cable, since it can do 1080p and it allows for normal dvd upconverting.

Edited by mjoc13, 09 October 2008 - 03:28 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:39 AM

Yeah I just got a 1080p HD tv too and started using the correct setting on the cable and plugged in to the HD inputs and it only comes in at 720p. On the xbox website they say the component cable that came with it has High-definition gaming output of 720p, 1080i or 1080p. Why not 1080p? Would the HDMI cable give me a better res?

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:03 PM

it is possible that your tv only supports 720p through the component jacks or something odd like that. and dont get vga... its analog why go backwards in technology

#7 ld006

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:31 AM

HDMI will give you the best picture right now, then comes VGA which can do HD up to 1080p too, and the regular component cables that max out at 1080i

you will see a huge difference between regular a/v cables (yellow, red, white) and hdmi


you won't see that big of a diff between vga and hdmi


and you will see somewhat of a difference between component at 1080i vs hdmi/vga at 1080p


but I say its def worth it to get the 360 with hdmi out smile.gif

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:44 PM

I hate to bump old threads - but someone reading this would get quite a bit of wrong information. Component can output at 1080p (provided the TV supports it). VGA is analog, and typically has double the bandwidth of component, though it's really hardly noticeable unless you're using a PC. HDMI offers the best picture (and DVI-D), since it is a pure digital signal. You should see a *significant* difference between VGA and HDMI - whether the difference is good or bad, that depends on your source, typically.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:58 AM

The other factor is that HDMI has GREAT sound!




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