Originally Posted by nate358
I love the part about "The Xbox 360 console is designed for the HD market that exists when Xbox 360 is released." Um... DVI has been out for so long and HDMI... while it's changing.... has also been out.
You may not like it, but it's true. All HDTVs have component inputs. Some have DVI and some have HDMI, and reading a few of the threads here and in the display and DVD forums will quickly reveal how many of those generate complaints about HDCP, handshake and compatibility problems, different implementations of user settings, etc, that make support a thankless and expensive job.
The praises and pans of VGA connections in this thread -- based on individual display hardware -- are a small example of the headaches that can and would result from implementing HDMI. The standards are changing, and that would just multiply the problem.
The PS3 has HDMI, and people in those threads are bitching about problems they are having with it.
The Xbox 360 works, and works well, with component. HDMI would be nice, and there are growing rumors that a future model will have it.
Meanwhile I'm not sure having HDMI would automatically cure your calibration problem. We're all still waiting for the HD DVD version of DVE, but in the meantime I'm not seeing any lack of contrast or color from my 360 over component -- quite the opposite.
I've done the same back-to-back comparison on flippers and titles I own in both formats, and the HD DVD has noticeably better contrast, saturation and fidelity.
I have a good upscaler with HDMI and a digital display. I agree that -- at least in theory -- an all-digital signal path is the way to go. But in real life the 360 over component looks WAY better to me.
If you're not happy, by all means take it back. The Toshiba standalones have what you're looking for -- though at a significantly higher price.