HDMI or DVI: Which is Better?

Should you go with HDMI or DVI when connecting to your television and/or monitor? Recently, Brandon Wirtz of LockerGnome sat down with me to go over a multitude of video cable solutions to determine how to solve many problems facing users as they consider connecting their computer to the television in their living room. Having a media center PC as part of your home theater can be a great thing, especially if you enjoy online video services such as Hulu and Netflix. So, HDMI vs. DVI; which is better?

A lot of this depends on what your video card supports. The original specification of DVI did not include audio, however, that has since changed and audio is available through many modern video cards allowing you to connect your computer to your television (or some compatible speakered monitors) with a single cable.

The downside to HDMI is that you don’t have the ability to secure the connection with screws available on the DVI standard. These screws allow you to move the computer and screen without having to worry about the cable slipping out. For this reason, connecting a computer to a monitor where sound is not needing to be transferred from one to the other is best done through a secured DVI cable.

HDMI and DVI are compatible in that they are both basically the same connection with a different form factor. Until recently, DVI ports did not support audio. Now, with the help of a special DVI to HDMI connector and supported graphics card, you can actually transfer both audio and video to your television with a single cable from the DVI port.

In terms of versatility, HDMI is probably the best option as both the cable and the ports generally support both audio and video with no additional adapters needed.

How do you connect your computer to your monitor? How about to your television?

8 thoughts on “HDMI or DVI: Which is Better?”

  1. This also depends on the monitor/TV. My Samsung TV shows HDMI signals with lots of aliasing and jagged edges, but through DVI it’s crystal clear. Tested with my Mac (HDMI, DVI), old PC (HDMI, DVI) and also apparent on my PS3 (HDMI)!

  2. HDMI video is electrically compatible with DVI, so what you are asking is whether we prefer DVI or DVI for video? I personally use DVI.

  3. If all you are doing is converting a DVI computer output to a TV HDMI in, ultimately there is no difference. But if your computer has dedicated DVI and HDMI processors there is a chance that one will be better in video quality than the other, not due to any intrinsic differences, but just computer hardware/software quality.

    The sucky thing is they both integrate a form of HDCP drm (though not always interchangeably so). Remember the issue Apple had with iTunes and movies at first when watching through a computer vs the AppleTV? HDCP, baby!

    And “trash in=trash out” still applies. A lot of people get worked up over 720p vs 1080p arguing somehow that 1080p is supposedly “full” HD, when it is really a matter of compression, not pixels, that is a greater determination of video quality. I’ve seen 1080p video that looked worse than 720p video because the 1080p was more compressed.

    Just some thoughts,

  4. HDMI is a more compact connector which is a great advantage in many ways, other than that HDMI and DVI are the same in terms of video… outside of size and shape there are 2 things that differ:
    – HDMI has audio, DVI doesn’t have it in most devices
    – DVI has no intrinsic DRM, only the DRM the menufacturer puts there, which will basically limit it’s device’s capabilities, while HDMI chips are obligated to have HDCP capabilities in order to be HDMI compliant.

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