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Hookup DVD Player with HDMI

HDMI connections have become popular with the advent of digital TV. Newer DVD players can have video up-conversion and use a HDMI connection to up-convert the standard 480 resolution DVD video to something closer to High Definition video resolutions.


HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) is capable of carrying both video and audio signals. HDMI can carry multi-channel digital audio and high-definition video all on one cable. To use this type of connection, your TV or A/V Receiver must have a HDMI jack and your DVD player must have a HDMI output jack, plus you will have to buy a HDMI cable as they are not usually supplied with DVD players. HDMI cables do not have to cost much. A good HDMI cable 6 feet or 10 feet long can cost around $10. Look at for all kinds of cables including HDMI cables.

High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a digital video connectivity standard designed as a successor to DVI; can transmit both uncompressed digital audio and video signals; protected by HDCP digital copy protection. HDMI will be included more and more in HDTVs, DVD players and recorders, A/V receivers, and home theater-in-a-box systems. The good news for those with sets equipped with the older DVI setup is that DVI and HDMI are (theoretically) compatible; you just need a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable. 


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HDMI, which was conceived as the successor to DVI, for the passage of digital video signals also has the capability to carry uncompressed digital audio and video signals together through the use of one cable and connector. This means that it has the potential to bypass all other digital audio connectors including coaxial and optical (TosLink) and IEEE-1394. With 5.1 HDMI included in A/V Receivers, DVD players/recorders (including Blu-ray and HD DVD players), Satellite Receivers and Cable HD Receivers, it would eliminate the need for digital audio – coax and optical – and IEEE- 1394 to carry digital audio signals.  It also makes it easy for the consumer to attach one cable instead of several from their Satellite/Cable HD Receiver, and DVD player to A/V Receiver to TV. However, audio and video products that utilize HDMI may only pass 2.0 digital audio, not 5.1 surround sound audio.  These products include A/V Receivers, DVD players/recorders and HDTV’s. 

Many HDTV’s now include HDMI input(s), and some DVD players include HDMI output.  Sending both digital audio and video signals directly to the TV via HDMI does simplify matters.  Audio, on the other hand, from that DVD player may only be sent at Dolby Digital 2.0 level to be handled by the TV’s internal audio system. 

If you thought that by sending those audio signals via HDMI to an A/V Receiver using HDMI inputs, it would process Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS, you may be mistaken. Those products may only pass/receive Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.  To obtain 5.1 surround sound, you may have to use either the digital audio connectors or IEEE- 1394 from your DVD player or Satellite TV Receiver.  Of course, to obtain the best digital video and digital audio signals overall, you would simply send video HDMI signals to the display directly, and digital audio signals directly to the A/V Receiver or Processor using the digital audio connectors of both products. 

Newer versions of satellite TV and cable HD Receivers may include 5.1 audio HDMI capabilities. You will have to check to make sure. Two audio manufacturers have announced A/V Receiver products with true 5.1 audio HDMI switching capabilities – Denon and Pioneer.

TV manufacturers may start including 5.1 HDMI capability with 2006 sets, and will start adding multiple HDMI inputs to accommodate numerous video products with HDMI outputs. Consumer electronics manufacturers like Hitachi and Toshiba have already started adding multiple HDMI inputs on the backs of the top-end HDTV’s.

Potential buyers of new DVD and audio products with HDMI capability will have to ascertain if it passes 2.0 digital audio or true 5.1 digital audio. 

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