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HDMI Cables vs. Component Cables

Many people today have various high definition audio and video devices. Many times these devices can be linked up to provide additional uses. In order to link these devices up a cable is needed. There are two main types of cable from which one can choose: HDMI cables and component cables. These types of cable are quite different from each other.

Component cables were designed to transmit an analog signal. Therefore, when using a component cable with a high definition device, the signal must be converted into analog in order for the connection to happen. Then when the analog signal reaches the other end of the cable, it must again be converted but this time back to a digital signal. There are some drawbacks to a digital signal going through so many conversions and that would be with the quality. Typically, some of the sound quality as well as the picture quality can be lost through this conversion process. Analog signals are still used but are slowly being phased out.

Of the two types of cables, HDMI cables are used more frequently today to connect HD devices. HDMI cables are able to transmit digital signals between devices. With these cables there are no conversions that must take place before the signal can be sent. This makes the picture and sounds transmitted via an HDMI cable much crisper and sharper.

High definition resolutions can be sent through both HDMI and component cables but there are limitations on what type of resolutions can be used with component cables. Component cables are just able to transmit resolutions of 720p or 1080i. HDMI cable outperforms the component cable in this respect. HDMI cables can handle resolutions of 1080p. This factor is often a reason for people to select HDMI cables over component cables.

The number of connectors found on the two types of cables differs as well. Component cables come with multiple connectors at each end. Typically this would be three. On the other hand, HDMI cables need only a single connector at each end. As a result, it is much simpler to use an HDMI cable over the component cable.

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