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Any Difference in these ?

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Official MS VGA cable -vs- the Component cable with a VGA Adapter?

Is the signal treated any different ?
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Yes. Component and VGA use two totally different colorspaces. You can look them up on howstuffworks.com, but basically component throws out the color green entirely, which comprises 52% of a color signal (which is why a digital camera has two green CCDs for every red and blue CCD) and then the display reinterpolates the lost data. VGA in the RGB colorspace retains all three colors and is why some people find it to be preferable. On the 360, it also uses different color palletes for both connections, but that's a different story.
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Yes. Component and VGA use two totally different colorspaces. You can look them up on howstuffworks.com, but basically component throws out the color green entirely, which comprises 52% of a color signal (which is why a digital camera has two green CCDs for every red and blue CCD) and then the display reinterpolates the lost data. VGA in the RGB colorspace retains all three colors and is why some people find it to be preferable. On the 360, it also uses different color palletes for both connections, but that's a different story.

Excellent explanation. Thanks. I think then I will buy the VGA cable and see the difference between them. I'm currently using the component cable and the INFocus component to VGA adapter.

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What kind of display do you have?
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What kind of display do you have?

Currently hooked up to an X1.

The more I have read, I don't really see that a VGA cable will make any difference on the X1. However I may grab a VGA cable for office lan parties.
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Long Story short. I ended up buying a VGA cable and it does make a difference. All my high contrast issues are gone and Live HD OTA looks great streamed through MCE extender.

DVDs do upscale to the resolution you set the dash. I'm running 720p as I find that to be a sweet spot for the X1 to sync to.

It is a little washed out compared to component as others have mentioned, but that is easily fixed with some calibration. Makes me happy since I no longer have to switch cables to watch HDTV and still get same quality picture.

$39 well spent. The cable is 8' btw.
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