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Confused about digital audio vs HDMI

Hi Dave,

I am so confused on home theaters what I really need to know is what is the difference between digital sound and hdmi is there one Im looking toward sony I need to know if digital sound will be good enough for new lcd tw please help!!!!!

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Hi Dave,

I am so confused on home theaters what I really need to know is what is the difference between digital sound and hdmi is there one Im looking toward sony I need to know if digital sound will be good enough for new lcd tw please help!!!!!

Signed Confused

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Dear Confused

I am not sure I know all the technical differences betweeen HDMI and Digital audio. Lately it seems the audio formats have been changing faster than the material. For example I installed 7.1 in my HT 3 years ago and still very few movies take advantage of it.

There might be other factors that influence your decision. I have chosen to use the component video instead of HDMI at least 2 times. The reason is that my receiver can switch component but not HDMI. So I have cable, DVD and I just added a PS3. To switch the video I just select it on the receiver. Then it switches the picture and sound.

So I guess the short answer is I think either will be fine with your new TV. If you haven't had surround sound before it should blow you away (with a decent subwoofer). The speakers and sub will probably make more of an audible difference to the sound than the digital/analog choice.

So the Cheap Dave philosophy is get something now. Enjoy it. You can always upgrade the weakest link in the future.

And whatever you do don't spend $125 for an HDMI cable.

Thanks for the question. Let me know what you decide.

Cheap Dave

Thank you so much you have answered my question. This is all new to me. I don't know a thing about any of this. What I do know is we love out TV.

Thank you so much, very kind of ya

Confused