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What connections are behind my HDTV? [Copy the Link]

Not sure how to set up your new HDTV and home theater system to ensure optimal picture quality? Here are a few things to consider:
1) Your picture quality is limited by your signal source. If you’re not currently subscribed to HD cable or satellite service -- or if there aren't any over-the-air HD broadcasts in your area -- then you may not be taking advantage of everything your HDTV has to offer.
2) When viewing content from another source (ex: Blu-ray player or video game console), your picture quality is limited by the type of cable you use. Different cable types support different maximum resolutions and not every TV accepts every type of cable.
Coaxial cables are a basic type of connection that carries both video and audio signals. While they support both standard and high-definition video, they’re primarily intended to bring signals into your home from an outside source (cable, satellite, or antenna).
Composite cables are another type of basic connection that supports standard-definition video signals. These cables are typically colored yellow and can support video signals up to 480i. A separate cable (typically colored red and white) is required for audio.
Like composite video cables, S-Video can support a maximum resolution of 480i. They’re often reported to provide a better picture than composite cables, but they aren’t capable of delivering a high-definition experience.
Component cables are your first option for delivering high definition video signals up to 1080p. They’re typically color-coded green, blue, and red, and are compatible with a wide range of devices (including many older DVD players and set-top boxes). As with composite connections, a separate cable is required for audio. Additionally, not all HDTVs are able to accept 1080p signals through their component inputs – some are limited to 720p.
Your second option for high-definition signals, HDMI is the only type of cable that’s capable of delivering 3D content. HDMI cables can also help you minimize the clutter behind your home theater system since they do not require a separate, dedicated audio cable.
last editVincci edited on 2014-03-28 04:05:25