Can I Use An HDMI To DVI Adapter Cable For The DVD Player?

Last Update Date : May 16. 2018

Attaching a device with DVI output to a TV's HDMI input using a DVI to HDMI adapter cable will not work completely.

It is true that you can physically make the connection between the DVI output and the HDMI input using an adaptor, but there are three problems:

  • DVI carries video only. The audio portion of the signal requires separate audio in and out jacks.
  • HDMI carries both video and audio, but has no separate audio in and out jacks associated with it. If you were to connect a DVI output to the HDMI input on your TV using a DVI to HDMI adaptor, you would be connecting the video signal only.
  • When you select HDMI as your source, your TV uses the signal from the HDMI input only. If you use a DVI to HDMI adaptor, there is no audio portion. As a result, you will get video, but not audio. And, because the HDMI input does not have separate audio jacks, you will have no way to input the audio signal. 
  • Note: You may be able to get around the limitation described above by connecting the DVI audio output to the audio inputs of a Home Theater System (HTS) or a stereo, but the audio will play through the speakers of the HTS or stereo and not through the TV's speakers.

Connecting an HDTV Cable Box and a DVD Player with DVI Outputs to a TV with One DVI Input

If you have an HDTV cable box and a DVD player with DVI outputs and only one DVI input on your TV, we recommend you attach the DVD player to the TV using the DVI connection and the HDTV cable box to the TV using the Component (Y, Pb, Pr) connections. You will get much better performance from your DVD player this way and still get an excellent picture from your cable box.

Important: DVI and Component connections are video only. If you hook up your HDTV cable box and DVD player this way, you must use separate cables to connect the audio. 

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