View Full Version : With HDMI cable, still need red/white audio cables hooked up?
10-05-2008, 09:59 AM
I attached my HDMI cable between TV and TiVo, and everything is working fine. My question: do I need to leave the white/red audio cables connected ALSO or does the HDMI make the audio cables unnecessary?
10-05-2008, 10:12 AM
The HDMI cable includes audio, so the red/white cables can be removed. This is the big advantage of HDMI.
The disadvantage may be intermittent sync issues, depending on the TV, etc. I see intermittent sync problems whenever the cable connection is disturbed, or the cable channel lineup changes. My solution is to place the Tivo into standby, then it works. I'm going to revert to component video the next time I'm back there to eliminate the problems caused by the HDMI copy protection nonsense.
10-05-2008, 10:53 AM
Thanks so much!
10-05-2008, 11:24 AM
The red/white cables give you analog audio. You can not transmit Dolby Digital over them. If your TV has any sort of advanced audio processing - and it probably does if it supports HDMI - then using HDMI for audio is by far the better way to go.
As for the sync issues that ChinaBull reported, I've never seen it in over 2 years of TiVo/HDMI usage. My TiVo is currently connected to my AV receiver via HDMI and from there to the TV via HDMI. I've also never seen the HDMI copy protection "nonsense" ChinaBull is reporting.
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