Originally Posted by the_gunner
I've never understood this debate. As Rusty P. said, HDMI = digital, component = analog. Why would anyone not want to use HDMI to send their digital signal to their digital TV, and keep the info contained in the signal in the digital domain (lossless)?
Sometimes HDMI is not the best choice, even though in theory it gives the best PQ.
1. Some people get HDCP handshake problems from their providers HD STB and the only way around it is to use Component. Or move to another city.
2. My GF's LCD TV shifts the image a few inches to the left when using HDMI so we use component to avoid the problem. We've tried 3 different STBs so the TV obviously has a problem, but Component eliminates the problem.
3. Many people think the colors look richer and more natural with Component compared to HDMI. I've seen this stated on the various AVSForums many times over the past few years.
But i agree that HDMI should be used whenever possible, but it's just not always possible.