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August 21, 2013 7:49:46 AM

hey guys.... i see here a 24inch monitor that only haves a VGA and DVI port(no-hdmi) and another 23inch monitor that has a dvi,VGA and a HDMI port..... the 24 inch is a little more expensive....but my friends says that HDMI provides better graphics...should i go for the hdmi or what... and what is the best between them all please explain everything. Thanks guys! And also i will play on a GTX 770 and FX8350 cpu.... also on 1920 x 1080 :) 
a b C Monitor
August 21, 2013 7:55:57 AM

VGA is an analog signal, DVI and HDMI are both digital signals. There is no difference in image quality between DVI and HDMI. VGA's quality depends on the quality of the cable that you are using.
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August 21, 2013 7:56:19 AM

DVI is the best among the three. And HDMI is nothing but just a DVI port that is kind of smaller in size. But the HDMI can be easily pulled off wheras the DVI port more likely stays in place.

Also you should never ever consider using a VGA port ever. The quality is not at all as good as DVI port. So, just use the DVI port and you should be fine. This is what we all use nowadays in computers.

You should check out this video for clearing any doubts about the Display Interfaces, etc. The video is by Linus Sebastian and he is one of the most trusted reviewers out there. So definitely see this video

Display Interfaces (VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port) Round Up (NCIX Tech Tips #84) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMVDejZH4kw

This should clear all your doubts about Display Interfaces. It is a good video by which even I learnt what display ports are which is why I recommend this video to you

I hope this helps. Is there anything else I can help you in? I would be happy to help.
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August 21, 2013 8:04:14 AM

From a image quality point of view, dvi and hdmi are digital, and will each give a equally better image compared to vga.
hdmi also carries a sound signal which is handy if you plan on using the speakers on a monitor(which are usually crappy)

Since you are looking at monitors, my suggestion is to look for one with a ips panel. They will have better 178/178 viewing angles. They will be a bit more expensive.
Buy the best monitor that your budget will permit.
You will be looking at it for a long time.
Can you manage a 2560 x 1440 monitor?
Here is one: http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-27-Inch-Resolution-2560x14...
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August 21, 2013 8:08:48 AM

DVI if you want higher resolution but with no sound and HDMI if you want 1080p with sound. VGA is a no go in this day and age. BTW it is Dual DVI you want if you want to go over 1080p.
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August 21, 2013 8:12:57 AM

geofelt said:
From a image quality point of view, dvi and hdmi are digital, and will each give a equally better image compared to vga.
hdmi also carries a sound signal which is handy if you plan on using the speakers on a monitor(which are usually crappy)

Since you are looking at monitors, my suggestion is to look for one with a ips panel. They will have better 178/178 viewing angles. They will be a bit more expensive.
Buy the best monitor that your budget will permit.
You will be looking at it for a long time.
Can you manage a 2560 x 1440 monitor?
Here is one: http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-27-Inch-Resolution-2560x14...

i cant go for 2560 x 1440 pixels.... but shouldi get DVI or HDMI for gaming?

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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2013 8:15:53 AM

DVI.
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a b C Monitor
August 21, 2013 8:19:39 AM

dvi or hdmi are equally good.
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September 1, 2013 7:35:59 PM

geofelt said:
From a image quality point of view, dvi and hdmi are digital, and will each give a equally better image compared to vga.
hdmi also carries a sound signal which is handy if you plan on using the speakers on a monitor(which are usually crappy)

Since you are looking at monitors, my suggestion is to look for one with a ips panel. They will have better 178/178 viewing angles. They will be a bit more expensive.
Buy the best monitor that your budget will permit.
You will be looking at it for a long time.
Can you manage a 2560 x 1440 monitor?
Here is one: http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-27-Inch-Resolution-2560x14...


This might be a little late, but i just want to give a quick heads up to everyone on IPS monitors. IPS monitors are usually bad for gaming or anything fast moving, as IPS monitors usually have slower refresh times than regular LCD TN monitors. That means that you will get screen stuttering(tearing) or a blurry image. For gaming, TN monitors are best. For crisper images, IPS monitors are better.
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November 1, 2013 11:25:10 PM

Go with HDMI.
1. Colour ranges for HDMI go beyond the RGB spectrum. DVI cannot accomplish this.
As per wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface#D...

2. DVI does not carry audio signal so you have to connect an additional cable. More cables, more clutter imho.
Check with link from point 1.

3. HDMI can display the same resolutions DVI can. With the recent 2.0 firmware you can have 4k @ 60fps, which I believe DVI cannot accomplish.
http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdmi_2_0/hdmi_2_0_faq....

4. DVI is being considered for deprecation by the likes of Intel and AMD in favour of DisplayPort and HDMI with DisplayPort being the tech of choice for PCs to which I disagree. HDMI is the premiere interface in electronics and PC manufacturers will be hard pressed not to use it in computers and tablets through miniHDMI.
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog...

My advice, go with HDMI
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November 6, 2013 5:07:18 AM

You want to stay with a digital signal for flat screens, HDMI or DVI which ever floats the boat, 1 isn't better then other, HDMI can hand different protocols but handles the same DVI signals. VGA you may not see any sort of quality difference other then the flickering on some windows transitions, again depends on the monitor and quality of cable.

But again, look at the 4k monirtors, DVI I don't think can handle it, I havn't looked into it, but 4k monitors will be in the $1000's+ range for quite some time.
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a b C Monitor
November 6, 2013 5:56:33 AM

Till 1080p DVI and HDMI are same, above that, DVi starts making big difference. VGA doesn't even compare to the quality of DVI and hdmi. According to my experience vga runs better at non-native resolution compared to dvi and hdmi at non native resolutions.
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November 12, 2013 4:46:09 PM

No one has mentioned the biggest problem with DVI. It doesn’t support HDCP encryption by default. You may not be able to playback full HD Blu-rays and other HD content.

According to this article...http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32524/
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November 19, 2013 6:19:28 AM

I'd say DVI or VGA, HDMI usuallyy over saturates colours and usually needs better quality leads to get the same results a cheap DVI or VGA lead will give. I have 3 monitors as my display and running all 3 side by side and switching leads on each monitor I get the same results. I have tried all 3 hd7970's in my system and they all do the same, I have even tried multiple leads and even the high end HDMI leads I have which cost me £40 (reduced from £80) and are 1.4+ leads, barely match my £3 VGA and DVI leads (I have my display now connected to 3 DVI, 1 by mini display port adapter). For an all in one HDMI is handy but for an ultra gaming rig you will likely have a separate sound system anyway. In order of preference I go DVI, VGA, Component, HDMI.
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November 24, 2013 11:08:03 AM

i am wondering i want to save money on buying a montier because i a building a gaming rig i already have a montier but it has vga will i notice any difference in gaming performance and quilty if i use vga because this is model/ brand of the montier i am going to use hp pavilion mx90 its a pretty big montier i am just wondering will i notice any difference in gaming performance from vga i mean i never used dvi or hdmi before so i wouldn't know i am currently useing a laptop and i think the picture qualty on my vga montier looks sharp but as i said idk i rather not spend extra money on a new montier but the gpu i am getting i am going to probably spend a couple extra bucks for a dvi to vga or something converter thing that is way cheaper then buying a new montier if you wondering my parts list i plan on buying for my gaming rig here it is

motherboard:ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ram:Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10)

dvddriver:LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support (Black) GH24NS95B

hardrive:WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

powersupply:Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze (TX750)

cpu: AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition


gpu : Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

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January 3, 2014 3:12:41 PM

Since hdmi came out I have been expecting it to be better than VGA because VGA is analogue and hdmi is digital. For me the most important thing is how well the text rendered on our display's.

I'm here setting up my wife's computer. We both have ACER 32" monitors with 720p hdmi connections and VGA connections. They are 7 year old LCD monitors. We have two HP towers. One is this new windows 8.1 that I'm setting up now and one is my old 7 year old Vista. I also have a windows 7 HP laptop with a VGA and hdmi out. Vista has invida pure video with DVI and hdmi out. This windows 8.1 has Radeon with DVI and hdmi out. I have spent countless hours over the past several years trying to get these 3 computers to produce quality text over an hdmi cable. I understand that they should because hdmi is digital but they just do not and can not. On the two towers I have the VGA adapter connected to the DVI out and the text is just remarkable on both towers. Just like printed text. When I go to other peoples house and look at the text on their screens I can immediately see that they are using hdmi because of the poor quality text. I was hoping that this problem would be fixed by now, It's 2014 already. I also have a MacBook Air. The Text on the MavBook air is good on the laptop but when I connect it to my monitor with hdmi it can't compare to the text on my towers VGA. My monitors are exactly the the same. People don't know what I'm talking about until I set them up side by side and show them the difference. The usual response is "wow" , "what a difference". Even my windows 7 laptop, the VGA out text is so far superior to the hdmi out text that it is not even comparable. I understand that this is hard to believe and should not even be true, but it is. If you want to test this do it with two computers and monitors that are exactly the same side by side. One DVI with VGA adapter and one with hdmi. You will be amazed how much better the text is on VGA. If you do a lot of reading, like I do, you will want to stick to VGA for now until the operating systems figure out how to display text properly over hdmi.

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January 6, 2014 6:39:38 PM

HDMI would typically be the choice. Although it carries a lot more baggage (due to the digital rights enforcement nonsense), it will also live longer (due to the digital rights enforcement nonsense). Follywood, Microsoft, Adobe, et al, are solidly behind digital interfaces they legally control -- like HDMI -- because the long term goal is to be able to control, to the nth degree, all content arriving at your location regardless of source. Analog signal formats, like VGA and DVI, are by their very nature very difficult to encrypt reliably; which is why we're all being ushered down the digital path as fast as possible.

P.S. There are many fine 24" monitors that offer HDMI input. Hard to imagine a current 24" -- though I would suggest a 27" -- monitor without an HDMI port. This ancient Acer H243H of mine runs great, looks great, and offers a front panel button to switch between it's VGA, HDMI and DVI ports. I could have three devices connected in theory: a work-a-day computer, a gaming console, and a gaming computer, for example.

UPDATE: Thanks, bystander, for pointing out DVI is digital. I was headed in the direction that VGA and DVI are not heavily encrypted like HDMI and tucked in that analog part later without thinking. Thanks, again. (y)
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January 6, 2014 7:02:14 PM

HDMI and DVI are both digital, however, DVI has been supporting higher resolutions and refresh rates.

There is an HDMI 2.0 standard, but no one has used it that I've ever seen. This may change some day, but for now, DVI supports higher resolutions and refresh rates.

The monitor you purchase will dictate what you use. Depending on what is required to get the native resolution and maximum refresh rate, you'll use DVI, HDMI or Displayport.

For monitors at least, the built in sound is usually very, very bad, and it is best to not bother using it, even if it is an option.
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January 6, 2014 7:11:56 PM

Lee2014 said:
Since hdmi came out I have been expecting it to be better than VGA because VGA is analogue and hdmi is digital. For me the most important thing is how well the text rendered on our display's.

I'm here setting up my wife's computer. We both have ACER 32" monitors with 720p hdmi connections and VGA connections. They are 7 year old LCD monitors. We have two HP towers. One is this new windows 8.1 that I'm setting up now and one is my old 7 year old Vista. I also have a windows 7 HP laptop with a VGA and hdmi out. Vista has invida pure video with DVI and hdmi out. This windows 8.1 has Radeon with DVI and hdmi out. I have spent countless hours over the past several years trying to get these 3 computers to produce quality text over an hdmi cable. I understand that they should because hdmi is digital but they just do not and can not. On the two towers I have the VGA adapter connected to the DVI out and the text is just remarkable on both towers. Just like printed text. When I go to other peoples house and look at the text on their screens I can immediately see that they are using hdmi because of the poor quality text. I was hoping that this problem would be fixed by now, It's 2014 already. I also have a MacBook Air. The Text on the MavBook air is good on the laptop but when I connect it to my monitor with hdmi it can't compare to the text on my towers VGA. My monitors are exactly the the same. People don't know what I'm talking about until I set them up side by side and show them the difference. The usual response is "wow" , "what a difference". Even my windows 7 laptop, the VGA out text is so far superior to the hdmi out text that it is not even comparable. I understand that this is hard to believe and should not even be true, but it is. If you want to test this do it with two computers and monitors that are exactly the same side by side. One DVI with VGA adapter and one with hdmi. You will be amazed how much better the text is on VGA. If you do a lot of reading, like I do, you will want to stick to VGA for now until the operating systems figure out how to display text properly over hdmi.



One issue might be that 720p ... HDMI normally starts at 1080p and negotiates it's way down the resolution chain until it hits something the display device will accept. It is very likely that your Acers are 1440 X 900 pixel (the 720p standard) thus the HDMI is degraded by the time it negotiates its way there.

Another issue might be the 32" display. As you might guess, keeping the same number of dots whilst the screen gets larger and larger means those dots have to get bigger and bigger (which is why the current rush is to the "4K" displays). And a 1440 X 900 720p display just makes it worse.

Another issue is that HDMI lacks the pixel shading range inherent in VGA signals that "fool" the eye into seeing "sharp" edges; ergo sharper characters are perceived in VGA than in HDMI. That's one price of going digital which, by definition, lacks the dynamic range of analog.

Oh the digital purists will scream bloody murder over that statement but one might note that, going off-topic, audiophiles are "re-discovering" tube amplifiers and vinyl disks ... in other words, the dynamic range inherent in analog is finer than its digital "approximation". LoL Lord lov'em.
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January 7, 2014 9:15:55 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
DVI is the best among the three. And HDMI is nothing but just a DVI port that is kind of smaller in size. But the HDMI can be easily pulled off wheras the DVI port more likely stays in place.

Also you should never ever consider using a VGA port ever. The quality is not at all as good as DVI port. So, just use the DVI port and you should be fine. This is what we all use nowadays in computers.

You should check out this video for clearing any doubts about the Display Interfaces, etc. The video is by Linus Sebastian and he is one of the most trusted reviewers out there. So definitely see this video

Display Interfaces (VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port) Round Up (NCIX Tech Tips #84) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMVDejZH4kw

This should clear all your doubts about Display Interfaces. It is a good video by which even I learnt what display ports are which is why I recommend this video to you

I hope this helps. Is there anything else I can help you in? I would be happy to help.


Dear Sangeet
This is a trouble shooting issue that you may be able to answer.
Recently I bought a 24" LG IPS LED Monitor (Model EA 53).
When I connected it to my computer using a DVI-I cable it worked fine.
I bought a new HDMI cable, also worked fine, but on shut down it does not go to the stand bye mode. After searching for signals it completely goes off so that every time I have to switch it on physically. So also when the computer is kept idle the monitor does not go to the stand bye mode after the prescribed period of time. Here also it goes off completely.
With DVI as usual it goes off to the stand bye mode and is awakened with the movement of the mouse or pressing the space bar of the key board.

Again
What is the difference between 'Display port' and 'DVI-D'.?
Do Display ports carry 'sound' as well??
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January 8, 2014 7:19:29 PM

I havn't used HDMI yet on a display. I have an LG monitor (W2442PA-BF) and use the DVI. It's solid.

I do video editing. I noticed with the VGA cords that the video and audio might not be in sync. I noticed this with my old Acer (1440x900) monitor and this LG one. When I switched to DVI, that audio/video out of sync issue stopped.

Go digital either way.
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January 13, 2014 3:54:35 PM

DVI-I is both analog and digital.

HDMI carries digital 7,1 sound also. It can be passed through a sound amplifier and then to a monitor. It can also be used with a HDTV for watching videos.

I have a 18.5" Dell HD Monitor that is VGA only. It looks great to me.

Probably the DVI-I is most useful because it can carry both digital and analog. It was designed to do both but not all DVI can be both digital and analog.

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January 21, 2014 6:40:57 AM

if you ever want to go with 120Htz, i would strongly recommend DVI, as it has much more bandwidth by defualt and supports 120 FPS. HDMI carries good and probably the best sound, but if it is a monitor with shitty speakers, (which most are) I would stick to DVI as it is dedicated to display quality and frames per second. DVI
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January 22, 2014 4:18:03 AM

VeTeRen ThoR said:
hey guys.... i see here a 24inch monitor that only haves a VGA and DVI port(no-hdmi) and another 23inch monitor that has a dvi,VGA and a HDMI port..... the 24 inch is a little more expensive....but my friends says that HDMI provides better graphics...should i go for the hdmi or what... and what is the best between them all please explain everything. Thanks guys! And also i will play on a GTX 770 and FX8350 cpu.... also on 1920 x 1080 :) 

Display Port is the way to go for the fastest signals and the future resolutions and rates.

With HDMI signal I have always found more and better options for my displays regarding to lighting, color, and added effects. Also audio is carried by the same cable. 3D @1080p is limited to 30Hz, have to use 720p to get 60Hz.

With DVI-D you may get higher refresh rates and resolutions if your display supports them. If you are planning to go 3D you will get much better refresh rate\fps at higher resolutions.
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January 22, 2014 4:29:03 AM

geofelt said:
From a image quality point of view, dvi and hdmi are digital, and will each give a equally better image compared to vga.
hdmi also carries a sound signal which is handy if you plan on using the speakers on a monitor(which are usually crappy)

Since you are looking at monitors, my suggestion is to look for one with a ips panel. They will have better 178/178 viewing angles. They will be a bit more expensive.
Buy the best monitor that your budget will permit.
You will be looking at it for a long time.
Can you manage a 2560 x 1440 monitor?
Here is one: http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-27-Inch-Resolution-2560x14...

that is very expensive for a rather low quality display. has slow response times and a slow refresh rate. better and or cheaper options out there for example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you have that much $ to spend but want to stay @ 1080p you may want to try a 3D display. changes everything with gaming:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009P10UBO/ref=oh_deta...
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February 4, 2014 3:15:01 AM

Well this post is kinda old but i still wanted to throw my thoughts in there.
From what i know hdmi supports resolutions up to 1920x1080. dvi as well but some dvi ports support dual link, which gives you resolutions up to 2560x1600. The details on dual link etc will be found on wikipedia i guess^^
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February 26, 2014 11:31:47 AM

GObonzo said:
VeTeRen ThoR said:
hey guys.... i see here a 24inch monitor that only haves a VGA and DVI port(no-hdmi) and another 23inch monitor that has a dvi,VGA and a HDMI port..... the 24 inch is a little more expensive....but my friends says that HDMI provides better graphics...should i go for the hdmi or what... and what is the best between them all please explain everything. Thanks guys! And also i will play on a GTX 770 and FX8350 cpu.... also on 1920 x 1080 :) 

Display Port is the way to go for the fastest signals and the future resolutions and rates.

With HDMI signal I have always found more and better options for my displays regarding to lighting, color, and added effects. Also audio is carried by the same cable. 3D @1080p is limited to 30Hz, have to use 720p to get 60Hz.

With DVI-D you may get higher refresh rates and resolutions if your display supports them. If you are planning to go 3D you will get much better refresh rate\fps at higher resolutions.


Hi there!
Just to put it out there, DVI-D can handle 144Hz 1080p, which HDMI cannot. Also I've found that HDMI cables tend to be more expensive. I used an HDMI cable on my old Samsung P2270HD which didn't go down well... Crysis both 2 and 3 would not work properly with DX11 enabled (the monitor changed it's refresh rate to 24Hz - probably a monitor issue). On the same monitor, HDMI didn't look as sharp as a DVI-D cable (Also may have been an isolated monitor issue, so be wary.)
My opinion is only use HDMI for 4K 30Hz (HDMI 2.0 will support 4k at 60Hz) and if you have a surround sound system in your living room (which is connected to your TV/Monitor). For gaming (in terms of refresh rate) and best quality audio, use DVI-D and connect your headphones to the back of your pc (NOT the front, as the front panel audio has a cable running through your PC, which basically acts as an antenna; picking up unwanted hiss or noise... Btw the noise is minor).
Personally switching from 60Hz to 144Hz, it was one of the biggest upgrades I have made which has made a MASSIVE difference. If you are willing to sacrifice a little video quality, instead of buying a 1440p monitor, go for an ASUS VG24QE (try to get the G-Sync model as that will further enhance your fluid gaming experience). Also if you upgrade in the future to another GTX 770, you can further enjoy the ASUS VG248QE's 3D Vision functionality.
Have a good one!
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March 3, 2014 11:34:44 PM

Either HDMI or DVI is fine, with DVI, as others have said being more secure, and offering higher quality options -- higher resolutions and refresh rates.

Though, if it's an option, Display Port may be even better, offering a small plug like HDMI, but locking in like DVI without the screws. It also supports multiple monitors via daisy-chaining and is royalty free.
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March 10, 2014 9:59:14 PM

vga is old and outdated dvi and hdmi are the same except hdmi carries sound aswell
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March 11, 2014 6:04:22 AM

So I just had a crazy idea. Would it be possible to use dvi for visual output and then use hdmi for the audio? Or does it just make more sense to use component audio (I'm talking about 5.1 or 7.1 surround)
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March 11, 2014 7:29:46 AM

C4Dman314 said:
So I just had a crazy idea. Would it be possible to use dvi for visual output and then use hdmi for the audio? Or does it just make more sense to use component audio (I'm talking about 5.1 or 7.1 surround)


If you have a monitor that supports HDMI, and you want sound in it, just use HDMI on its own.
HDMI is a video cable, and though it may have audio, it will always send video when plugged in.

So, if you are using DVI as video, more than likely the monitor will cut out the HDMI signal completely, thus taking away the audio. The exception, however, would be if you had a speaker system that could use HDMI as a source, or if there was a converter for it.

Though, I don't know of any speakers that do that, and if you start using a converter, you probably should already just use optical audio, if available -- or even a 3.5mm cable.
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April 30, 2014 4:19:32 AM

I'll be buying a Dell S series,those don't have any DVI ports. Using of a HDMI cable can enhance the imga quality eh? How's the backlit bleeding in these monitor? Worse than others?
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