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post #1 of 11 Old 10-22-2007, 05:59 PM - Thread Starter
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I know most people agree that there is a significant difference in the quality between component and vga (better or worse) depending on the tv model.

Is there a similar difference between hdmi and vga or do they produce virtually the same picture?

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HDMI is digital, VGA is analog. That's a big difference just right there. As far as PQ, I have heard some people say HDMI produces a crisper picture, but the majority of people can't really tell a difference.
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Well I dont have a 360 w/ HDMI but am hooked to VGA. I like the picture but when it comes to HD-DVDs vs Bluray on the PS3 which I have hooked thru HDMI, I gotta say, HDMI looks better. The picture is more vibrant going from my 360 hd-dvd VGA to PS3 BD HDMI.
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I like the sharpness of VGA but through HDMI my panny plasma gives quite a bit more color depth. It's a trade off but I'm happy with it.
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I really didnt notice a difference on my 56" Sammy DLP
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Picture should be about the same with a quality VGA cable.

The difference is HDMI also carries audio, plus has a level of Digital Rights Management.
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I have a 56" Samsung 1080p, and I use the vga. On my tv it looks great but I can't say that the picture is better or worse over HDMI. Picture quality is very close. Now I do prefer the vga over component, looks a little sharper.
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i noticed a big difference on my panny ae900u projector.

vga, super sharp, a little washed out, so so contrast.

hdmi - much better contrast (i used darth vader's cape on Lego Star wars II as a benchmark... on vga it looked black, hdmi i could see the texture), colors are night and day better, but not quite as sharp or pc-like on movement on fps.

overall i'm happier with HDMI.

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It depends on how you set your TV. VGA is much cleaner with sharper edges and cleaner tighter colors (that is why no computer monitors use HDMI). VGA was really bad on my bravia until I nixed the pre-sets and customized it. I had to put on "text" then tweak, as "video" mode was way too much contrast, you lose all the shadow detail on that setting and it had some image processing that looked bad. I display at 1:1 and it is a much sharper, cleaner picture than I get on my PS3 through HDMI (on the same TV). The main reason people think HDMI looks more "vibrant" is because you can increase color and play with the contrast settings. It is probably not too accurate though. On most sets, they don't allow such adjustments for VGA for some odd reason.
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It will vary by display but most digital sets should have better results with HDMI vs. VGA . Many digital displays will only pixel map with HDMI .

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Resolution is resolution no matter which way you slice and dice it. TV's do just as good of job de-interlacing as the 360, so I don't buy into it at all when people claim one is "better" than the other in terms of picture quality. The only time you can truly say Component>VGA or something like that is if the TV doesnt support certain resolutions, such as the Sony SXRD's only displaying VGA as 720 and not filling the screen.

The real argument here is which TV's, and their various upconverting features, do a better job using different inputs
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