I recently bought a new HD TV and I'm in the process of upgrading my video game console cables to get my money's worth. What I want to know is if there is any appreciable difference between HDMI and Component video. I know HDMI is digital and Component is analog and that HDMI costs A LOT more than Component. I already have a Component cable for my PS3 (had it before I got the new TV) and it looks awesome. I guess what I'm trying to get at is if HDMI is worth the extra money.
You can get HDMI cables for pretty cheap online, much cheaper than you can get at a store. Just do a search for "Cheap HDMI cable" and you'll find some for under $10. At that price, you might as well just get the HDMIs.
For the record, I have only used HDMI on my PS3, and have played it on a 40" 1080p Samsung and a 1080i 50" Sony Vega. It looked great on both.
Check there for cables, I recently ordered a 75ft VGA cable from them for $18.00, their prices are pretty good.
Also, remember that with digital it is all or nothing so having MONSTERCABLE SECURE CASE WITH LIQUID O2™ doesn't help. On analog it might make a noticeable difference if you're the kind of person who sees every little artifact.
I just did this with my girlfriend's dad.
HDMI carries both video and audio, so if your TV is HD, it's the only thing you need, and it goes to 1080i.
If you TV is HD-ready, you might not have an HDMI port, so you go the component route. And you need an additional cable for audio. But it DOES also go to 1080i.