: HDMI vs. Component Connectivity

2008-06-20, 12:14 AM
I just decided to buy an HDTV from FutureShop. They wanted me to buy those expensive HDMI cables, but I did my homework and bought them from a company in Markham for around $10 each. I'm a StarChoice subscriber so I bought a StarChoice HD receiver. To my surprise when I got it home and tried to connect it, I realized that the StarChoice HD receiver doesn't have an HDMI port. Their tech support insisted that I was just as well off with component video cables and RCA audio cables. Are they telling me the truth or should I consider switching to Rogers or ExpressVu?



2008-06-20, 12:25 AM
Does it have an DVI port? If so you can use a DVI to HDMI cable. You will need to run the audio separately. Component will also work but the cables usually cost more.

2008-06-20, 12:41 AM
My personal opinion is if your using HDMI the Rogers's PQ is the best.

2008-06-20, 12:50 AM
I've had my DVR 530 hooked up with both DVI-HDMI and component and there really isn't any difference. For audio, I use analogue (RCA red & white) for sound through the tv, and digital coaxial for sound through my 5.1 set-up.

2008-06-20, 07:27 AM
I ended up going the component cable route because my Akai plasma has a flaky HDMI port. The picture was just as good with components.

I bought my component cables (Philips) at Wal-Mart for approx. $25.00, and they are of decent quality.

Good luck!

2008-06-20, 10:05 AM
On a properly calibrated input, the component video connection is usually indistinguishable from HDMI (or DVI) on STBs. See the following thread where this is discussed:


See this post which is useful for people new to the forum:


2008-06-20, 10:06 AM
Thanks for the input. I guess I'll stay with StarChoice. I haven't looked into it in detail, but I think they're the cheapest provider of the big 3. I would like to be getting digital sound, but I'll make do with the RCA cables. BTW the component video cables came with the receiver. I didn't have to buy them. Just bought a Sony KDL-46W4100 HDTV. Just came out on the market.

Thanks again,


2008-06-20, 10:12 AM
I really can't see much difference on my 55" sony sxrd with videotron cable, but for blu ray I would definately want hdmi for the audio and video....I would say that with hdmi and the videotron box I have, there are other issues that I've experienced that are a pain.... I believe it's a handshaking issue that requires me to reset the box. Overall hdmi should be simpler if you don't experience the problems that I've had; also, I would question why your cable or sat company is giving you a box with old technology.