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HDMI or HD Component cables for Xbox 360?


I have heard that it really doesnt make THAT much of a difference if you use the HD component cables as apposed to HDMI port for the Xbox 360. So my question is this: Is it worth trading my 360 with NO HDMI Port for one that has an HDMI port and risk something going wrong with it, or would it be just about the same as if I hook it up to hd with the component cables?

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  1. It is not true that component can’t output 1080p. I have an almost-launch 360, which doesn’t have HDMI output, but I can still get 1080p with my component cables.

    The 360 with HDMI output is more reliable than the non-HDMI 360 when it comes to the ring of death. The non-HDMI 360 has the Zephyr chipset, while the newer 360 should have the Falcon or Jasper chipset.

    Unless you have a really big TV, you will not see that much of a difference between HDMI and component cables.

  2. Many people say they find it difficult to distinguish between 720p and 1080i, but they can between 720p and 1080p

    Many gamers say that 720p is smoother than 1080i

    The cable directly affects the quality of the picture. The following is a list from best to worst including their resolution capabilities for transport:

    HDMI (1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i)

    Component (1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i)

    S-Video (480i)

    Composite (480i)

    Coaxial (480i)

    I would wait until I upgraded to a 1080p display

  3. HDMI is the only cable that will transfer a 1080p signal.

    Component will only support 1080i.

    The difference is noticeable and it’s worth forking out the bucks for a system with an HDMI port. The newer systems should have one anyway.

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