Originally Posted by spivonious
@Amirm - I haven't had handshake issues in years. I'd choose HDMI every time.
I accept your observation
. But my experience is different. My company Madrona Digital is a custom Audio/Video shop and we install probably 100 to 200 HDMI devices a year. We frequently run into HDMI problems. As I type this, we are working with a major manufacturer to resolve hardware/firmware problems in their unit that cause them to not work with Comcast STBs in certain situations. If you say what you said to anyone in our industry they are liable to punch you in the face and failing that, decide today is a good day to commit suicide over all the grief they experience from HDMI
We had so many issues we finally decided to get the proper gear to troubleshoot it. From my presentation on video for audiophiles
Using that Qunatum data analyzer, we find incredible number of problems. Even current products that appear to be working, have buggy implementations such as an AVR not setting the repeater bit. If you get lucky and the display responds fast enough, and all is well. But one day you change the display and the very same set up stops working because it is responding a bit slower. You think it s the display that is broken but it is the AVR in reality. Without diagnostic tool like we have, you or your installer would be blindly swapping devices never knowing what is the cause and what fixed it. All because this so called standard doesn't have tight testing and certification.
Closer to the topic of this thread, I built a HTPC last year using Intel i5 motherboard. I am using onboard video and routing its HDMI connection to an Onkyo AVR on to my Samsung TV. If I do not power things up in the right sequence (TV before AVR), I can either get no picture or one at the wrong resolution. About one out of 10 times if I turn off just the TV, Media Center app on Windows 7 will crash. Almost as frequently I get a blank screen and I have to toggle inputs to get the picture back.
In general, PCs rate far worse than traditional video hardware in HDMI department since manufacturers of TVs never test with them.
Also, HDMI will give better sound than toslink for everything over stereo sound. As I stated above, toslink only allows 2 channel PCM, while HDMI allows 7 channel PCM.
Not if he is sending Dolby Digital bitstream. Then again, I am not a gamer so don't know if that is how they encoded the video in his games, Pro Logic or always decoded into PCM as you say. At the end of the day, if HDMI doesn't work, it doesn't matter how many channels it *could* put out