[mythtv-users] HDMI or DVI

Andrew Burgess aab at cichlid.com
Wed Sep 12 15:23:20 UTC 2007

>> Yes it should. It's digital end-to-end, component is analogue.

>And? ;-)

digital transmission is lossless

>Sorry, but I have to disagree on this statement.  The answer would be, 
>it depends.


>"The upshot of this article--in case you're not inclined to read all the 
>details--is that it's very hard to predict whether a digital DVI or HDMI 
>connection will produce a better or worse image than an analog component 
>video connection. There will often be significant differences between 
>the digital and the analog signals, but those differences are not 
>inherent in the connection type and instead depend upon the 
>characteristics of the source device (e.g., your DVD player) and the 
>display device (e.g., your TV set)."

AFAIK this generalization comes from devices that do format conversion
poorly. Some dvd players are able to provide 1080i or p signals but the
picture looks worse than feeding 720i to the tv and letting the tv convert.
And it can happen vice versa.

I think for this audience, that doesn't apply. By reading dvds into
your computer and letting xine/mplayer/myth do the conversion you send
the signal to the TV/monitor in its native resolution and get
excellent results.

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