View Full Version : Which is better a "HDMI Cable" or a "Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable"

11-19-2009, 07:54 AM
I was planning on buying a HDMI Cable for my Xbox 360 and 32inch Plasma HDTV. I am using the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable now with the Red (2), Blue, Green, and White ends. I wanted to know which one would give me the better picture or if I can use both at the same time and is there any problems with using one or the other?

11-19-2009, 09:13 AM
Just quoting from other members of these forums when somebody asked this, apparently the bog standard one you get and the 15 one there is a major difference they said things i didn't understand like the standard one didn't stream images as quick as the HDMI port one

Rowey 94
11-19-2009, 09:17 AM
First of all is your TV Hdmi compatible ?
and Hdmi is your best bet if you want top graphics and sound.

Bum of Norway
11-19-2009, 09:50 AM
im most happy with the HDMI cable yes ;)

11-19-2009, 09:53 AM
I use HDMI on my 50" Sony and it looks/works great :)

11-19-2009, 10:19 AM
I use HDMI now it works good. I bought some off amazon for cheap. I found one here if this helps make your decision easier.

"]Amazon.com: HDMI (2 meter) 6 foot cable HQ 1080P 1.3b: PTC: Electronics

I can't find the one I got anymore I think it was from Abacus24-7 and it cost 1 cent+S&H. Works like a champ.

11-19-2009, 03:23 PM
I use HDMI on my 52" and it looks freaking sweet! HDMI is the way to go, if your tv is HD.

11-19-2009, 04:07 PM
Yeah my TV has two HDMI inputs and my friend is wanting to sell one to me, I just wanted to know if I could use both at the same time and if I should even use one.

Starstrukk X360A
11-19-2009, 04:15 PM
HDMI delivers 1080p, wheras the component cable only delivers 1080i. HDMI is much, much better.

11-19-2009, 04:32 PM
When buying a hdmi cable get the cheapest one available dont fork out alot because the cheapest ones do the same as the most expensive ones and gold plateing does nothing to it because its digital not analouge. I got my hdmi cable for 2

11-19-2009, 04:39 PM
Go HDMI. I had the Component HD cable on my 73" TV and it looked good, but when I upgraded to the 360 Elite, the HDMI looks so much better. Like everyone else is saying, go cheap, because their is no difference between the $5 one and the $85 Monster HDMI's. And no, you can't use both of them at the same time.

11-19-2009, 04:50 PM
This is a rather interesting debate. Everyone seems to think the xbox composite cables are terrible compared to HDMI, there really isn't any difference. The only way your going to notice is if you have a monster 50".

I use both cables due to the nature of how i capture gameplay videos. There may be a slight difference in sound, though the picture will look the same regardless on a "32 tv.

If your going to get a HDMi cable though, don't spend a fortune unless you have money to burn. They all do the same thing, the only reason some cost more if due to the way they are made. Monster cables for example, they use the highest quality metals and wrap all the cables a with copper and such. It's rather pointless as you wouldn't notice the difference between one and a $5 cable.

11-19-2009, 05:08 PM
Yeah I know what you mean, I have had people tell me I wont see a difference on my 32' TV but I have a friend going to sell me a $50 HDMI cable for $15 and I didn't know if I should do that or not.

11-19-2009, 05:21 PM
If you really want HDMI may as well, if your not fussed about a slight difference i wouldn't bother. Like i said i use both and notice no difference when i swap between the cables.

Unlike what everyone else has said, you probably won't notice the difference what so ever.

11-19-2009, 05:30 PM
$15 dollars is expensive in my opinion for a hdmi cable. you get ones just as good for cheaper but its up to you at the end of the day of what you buy and if you want to go hdmi.

11-19-2009, 05:44 PM
HDMI will give you completely uncompressed DIGITAL VIDEO AND AUDIO.
That's the massive difference.
The Composite AV cables are uncompressed ANALOG VIDEO and compressed ANALOG AUDIO.