Originally Posted by hometheaterguy
Many enthusiasts feel HDMI has always been and still is just a marketing thing. What do you guys feel about that?
It seemed that way at first. The first "HDMI upscaling" SD DVD players had HDMI as a marketing ploy. If your HDTV could upscale any SD input, there was really no reason.
With the HDMI standard maturing, and more and more manufacturers actually following it, there are some real advantages when applied to HD source material:
- One cable instead of four or more.
- Digital all the way.
- Potentially better audio through HDMI.
Of course not all HDMI hookups are problem free. Not all HDMI devices process the audio from it. Not all video monitors can handle the best video signals that might come through it. Some HDMI devices just don't handshake well with other HDMI devices. I had a Cyberhome upscaling DVD player that would royally screw with my Sanyo CRT HDTV. Both devices work fine, but not with each other using HDMI connections.