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HDMI has the potential to be a higher quality than component. It depends on the source, but component tops out at 1080i, where HDMI will do 1080P and beyond. With 1080P content like blu-ray, this will matter. The other issue is that component is getting phased out due to the "analog sunset." Component is an analog technology without copy protection where HDMI is digital. Already you will find not every blu-ray player has component outputs, another example is the AppleTV which does not have component. Eventually on new devices component will disappear.
Again it depends on the application but you are definitely buying into a dying technology with component.
There are getting to be some great HDMI matrix switchers. By the time you factor in baluns to extend the video signal whether it be HDMI or component, you may consider an HDMI matrix that has cat5 outputs directly on it like the B-210-HDMATRIX-4x4. It has been very reliable and full featured in my experience.