When setting up a new high definition television, you generally have a choice between connecting other devices with an hdmi or a component cable.  Your TV will likely support older ports for older cable types, but if you want something to work in HD display you must use one of these cords.  There are some slight differences between the two that you might want to be aware of.



Component Cable

A component cable is actually split into 3 ends for video signals.  You can compare this to the older composite cable which featured one yellow plug for video.  The newer splitting of the wire into red, blue and green video signals allows for greater range of colors and depth and thus allows for use on a high definition display. 

In addition, component wires usually have the red and white plugs found in prior RCA cables included but separated in order to carry the audio signals. 

One major downfall of this cable type is simply the amount of connections.  This can be especially frustrating if the place where they need to be plugged in is difficult to get to.  These cables can potentially support high definition resolutions up to 1080p.

HDMI Cable(115682)

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.  The best way to explain an HDMI wire is simply that it is a component cord all in one package.  Instead of five cords you have one.  This makes it a lot simpler when hooking up game systems or DVD players to your TV.  HDMI cables carry the audio and video signals to their destination.  They also support all HD resolutions up to 1080p.

Which One is Better?

There are many who would say that HDMI will provide undoubtedly provide better picture.  This likely comes down to the fact that component cables use analog signaling while HDMI uses digital signaling.  While analog and digital signaling can lead to a whole other explanation, basically digital is considered more accurate.  It is subject to almost no deterioration because it uses precise on or off pulses of electricity.  Analog uses varying voltage on the line.  Regardless of whether digital is truly better, you probably won’t know the difference. 

No matter what cable you use, high definition will look great, particularly if you have been viewing in good old standard.  I personally prefer HDMI just because it is one cable to plug in instead of five.  Also as a word of advice, cables can be found a lot cheaper online if you just take a look around.

Where to Buy

Regardless of which cable you choose, I’d recommend getting it online.  Yeah, you might have to wait a few days but it will save you a lot.  I can typically get an excellent HDMI cable for a good price online and save myself a good $30!  The same goes for component cables as well.  I find them a lot cheaper online too.