We've covered HDMI gripes before
, but asking professional integrators for opinions is a good way to learn what the shortcomings are. According to a recent survey, 60% of integrators still prefer component connections -- a "glass half-full" result that shows both the quick adoption of HDMI and also the growing pains experienced thus far. The complaints are all too familiar: flaky performance, loose connectors, expensive distribution and fear of HDCP
. All valid points, but the downside to the vast field experience integrators have is that they aren't paid to experiment with the latest tech in the field. That's not a knock on integrators -- sticking with what works is a great strategy when it's your livelihood on the line. Kudos to the pros out there who find a way to bring both component and HDMI into their toolkit; we've got a sneaking suspicion they're HD nuts like us who try the bleeding edge out at their homes first!