Mac Mini DVI > HDMI Cable?

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Hello there.

Just bought a Mac Mini which is winging it's way to me now (cheers Rob).

I've been looking into the best way to connect it to my TV which has HDMI, VGA, Component, Scart and S-Video inputs but unfortunately no DVI.

Ideally I'll use a digital connection (unless the difference with VGA is negligable) so a DVI to HDMI cable seems the best option.

Looking at the Apple site, it recommends the Belkin PureAV HDMI-to-DVI Video Cable, which if I'm honest looks grossly overpriced.

Is there a difference between this and any other DVI to HDMI cable?
Is the DVI>HDMI vs. HDMI>DVI thing just a difference in naming convention or is there actually a difference?

I've seen a DVI to HDMI Cable 24K Gold Plated 1.5M [DVI-MI] cable for less than £4 - would this do the job?

Thanks a lot!

Si
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Helloo :D

You should get a lovely picture from the mini on your TV using DVI, I use to use my mini in the same way it looked great.

Got a link to the £4 cable? It should be ok as a lot of the cables on apples site are way over priced!
 
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Hey.

I don't think I can link as they may be a competitor but here's all the info and the image from the site:

DVI to HDMI Cable 24K Gold Plated 1.5M
[DVI-MI] £3.99

DVI to HDMI Cable is used to connect computers/DVD players with AVI socket to a HD-ready TV/monitor with HDMI socket. DVI is compatible with HDMI for transferring digital video signals, but does not include sound signals. This HDMI to DVI interconnect cable are capable of 1080i High Definition resolutions and transmitting the uncompressed signals without any loss for razor sharp picture.

Key Features

  • High speed digital performance
  • 24k gold plated contacts prevent corrosion for long life optimum signal transfer
  • Superior screening ensures excellent picture performance
  • 1.5 meters in length

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Cheers

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Depending on the resolution of the TV, you may get better results using the analogue VGA connection, which is how I use mine. The resolution of my 32" LCD is 1368x768 which is not supported by the HDMI standard, so I use VGA to output at 1366x768 without the picture being scaled. It looks great :)

If it's a full-HD (1080p) television then HDMI may give you better results.

arty
 
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arty said:
Yes, if your television accepts 1366x768 over the VGA connection. It will probably give the best picture :)

arty

Gents, as a MacMini virgin (ie not bought one yet) I would like to know what resolutions it supports under OSX and under Windows both WS and FS

1366*768 ? 1280*1024 1680*1050.. so I can decide what monitors and TVs I could pair it too... might get two!!
 
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