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DVI vs HDMI question


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numskully

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My monitor has a DVI input, is this a HD connection? Is DVI and HDMI the same type of digital output?

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No, DVI & HDMI have different plugs, but as you can see in the link, HDMI to DVI cables are widely available;
http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B000GDI6FC
An explanation straight from wikipedia;
Because HDMI is electrically compatible with the signals used by Digital Visual Interface (DVI), no signal conversion is necessary, nor is there a loss of video quality when a DVI-to-HDMI adapter is used.
I hope this answers your questions
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So DVI & HDMI are the same type of output, just different plugs.

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So DVI & HDMI are the same type of output, just different plugs.

It is important to remember that HDMI came out of the home theater world. The video signal is exactly the same. The primary difference, besides physical size, is that HDMI also carries 5.1 audio and control signals. This is so, for example, if you turn on your DVD player to watch a movie, your AV Receiver senses this and automatically switches the necessary inputs and the TV does the same. Monitors are beginning to support HDMI primarily because of (no surprise) money. It is cheaper for Sony, Samsung, LG, etc. to support one connector type than two. And since many computers are being integrated into home theaters, and many monitors are used to watch DVDs, it just makes sense to use only one type of connector, even though in computer setups, the audio is typically not used, and neither are the control channels.
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As pointed out by Digerati HDMI also carries 5.1 audio, I should have
provided this link for you to look at http://www.svideo.co...hdmiaudio3.html
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Thanks all! Great responses to my question.
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