Category Archives: Connectivity Questions

My TV only has a digital output (Optical or Coaxial), and my receiver only has RCA inputs – how do I connect it?

I’ve been asked this a lot, and there’s only one answer that allows you to use the Television digital output. There’s an adapter you can get at Monoprice.com (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10423&cs_id=1042302&p_id=6884&seq=1&format=2) that converts the digital outputs to analog output. They are very hard to come by, but this device allows you to connect newer Digital devices to older/legacy equipment that doesn’t have digital inputs.

The process is simple for connection as well – you connect the digital cable from your TV’s output to the adapter, then connect an analog (white and red) cable from the output side of the adapter and connect that to the AUX input on your stereo device. That’s it.

I hope you found this helpful!

HTH

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Do the new 3D TVs show 2D pictures too? Or is it just 3D?

All 3D TVs will show everyday standard 2D video content with no problem, and a few of them even enhance the standard picture as well because they are a 3D capable set.

The 2010 VT Series 3D lineup from Panasonic is amazing, and probably the best reviewed TV line to ever come out. Not only is it the best 3D image you can get, but they’re also getting amazing reviews for their 2D image quality. Panasonic went to great lengths to make their 3D better than everyone else, so one of the nice features of their TVs is that when you’re not watching 3D the standard 2D image is better than any set on the market. And because its a plasma, the image is much faster and more accurate than other display types on the market.

Samsung, Sony, LG and others are all doing 3D as well, but their focus is on LED/LCD Products. They all look great, but because they are an LCD television there are a few disadvantages when it comes to the 3D side. Viewing angles are not as strong as a plasma when watching normally (its not a big difference, but the color changes slightly), and when you put the 3D glasses on the change is more noticeable. Also on the LED/LCD products there are image issues if you tilt your head while watching 3D content. This doesn’t happen on a plasma.

Some sets offer 2D to 3D conversion, but that’s the worst reviewed feature on all the sets because its doing a creation of an effect instead of it being “real 3D.” Also the manufacturers that do this process have had to put out press releases regarding that feature due to people watching it and getting sick.

If you want an amazing deal, check out Best Buy for their exclusive Panasonic 50VT20. Its currently $1800 and includes a 3D Blu-Ray Player, 3 total sets of glasses, 2 3D movies (Coraline and Ice Age 3), and they told me when I was in there yesterday that you get Avatar 3D for free starting December 1st.

Hope this helps,

HTH

Is it possible to hook TWO surround systems together for more sound?

The simple answer is Yes. The fun part though is finding the best way to do it. I’ve done this for parties and Super Bowl Watching for a block party. Its not difficult to do, and can be a lot of fun.

If you’re dealing with TWO Dolby Digital Systems its very simple. Connect the main system up as usual, and then if the system has an OPTICAL OUTPUT, you can connect that to your other system if it has an OPTICAL INPUT. Depending on the brand of the main unit it may pass Dolby Digital sound out to the other receiver, or it may just pass stereo – then the other system can do a simulation for surround.

Another option if you don’t have the optical output is to simply run a set of analog audio cables (white and red) from the output of one system to the input on the other.

I’ve done both and it works great either way. Plus its fun to show off your 10.2 sound system when friends come over. Just make sure to keep the area well ventilated!

Hope this helps,

HTH

How do I hook a Blu-Ray player up to Two TVs?

There’s a few different ways to go about doing this – but it depends on the quality that you are after.
1. For the best picture – you will need to hook up the TVs to an HDMI Splitter. One cable will come out of the Blu-Ray player, and then the splitter will have an output to each of the TVs. This will give both TVs the absolute best picture – if they have HDMI that is. You can get the splitter and the cables for the best price at http://www.monoprice.com.

2. Another way to do it is to hook up one TV with an HDMI cable, and the other with Component Video cables. The Blu-Ray player will have both outputs. The only downside to this, is that one TV will have Full HD Video, and the other will have 480p (DVD quality picture).

3. Another option is to use a component video splitter, and hook it up the same way as I mentioned in step one. You can get long component video cables, and splitters at the website mentioned above (http://www.monoprice.com).

That’s the easiest ways to do it. I have an HDMI splitter so that when we have a bunch of people over to watch the superbowl or whatever, I’ll take two TVs out to the garage and split the signal to both from my cable box.

Hope that helps.

HTH

How do I connect Wireless Headphones to a TV if there is no Headphone Jack in front?

If the TV has an audio output that is where the transmitter for the wireless headphones will be connected. If your TV doesn’t have an audio output then your other options will be to use either a stereo VCR, Cable Box, or Satellite box. Depending on what is connected to the TV, one of the listed components will have an audio output. If you use cable or satellite and have a box, they have an audio output. Basically just connect the headphones to the output on the back of the box and you’ll be good. If you don’t have either, but happen to have a VCR connected to it, then just connect the transmitter to the audio output on the VCR and when you want to use the headphones just turn on the VCR, sound will come through it and you’ll be good there too.

Hope this helps.

My TV only has an antenna/cable input, how do I connect my DVD Player to it?

The easiest way to do it is to utilize an RF Modulator. They are available from $10 – $30 depending on how many items you think you may need it for. The purpose of the device is to convert Audio/Video outputs (yellow, white, and red cables) to a coaxial connection on older televisions. Basically all you do is connect the cables from your DVD player into this device and then run a coax cable from it into your television, then put your TV on CH 3 to watch a DVD movie. Some people get confused by these because they already have a cable going to the coaxial jack on the back of the TV. Not to worry. The RF modulator will have an input for that connection as well. So you will connect your DVD player with the Audio/Video Cables, then connect your Cable Box (or VCR or Satellite or whatever else was connected to that jack originally) to the coaxial input on the RF modulator. Then you will have one cable going from the RF modulator to the TV. When you want to watch a DVD turn the TV on to channel 3, and hit play. When not watching a movie you just turn off the DVD player.

I hope this helped.

I’ve got a Pioneer 816 7.1 receiver, but I’m not getting surround sound from my Digital Cable Box.

The one drawback to digital cable boxes is that the digital coax out is normally just set to stereo output. They don’t broadcast much in 5.1 except for through a fiber optic output, its actually rare to find a digital cable box with a digital coax out. My old box did and I had the same problem, when I contacted the cable company about it (Comcast) they told me that was all it provided and the Dolby Digital logo was on the box but not supported by them. But if I went to an HD Box it was. I have since switched to DirecTV, but that’s another story. Off of a digital cable box, you’re best best is fiber optic if available because most of the digital coax outputs are only set for stereo. You can put your 816 in Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx mode and it will simulate surround sound, but not true surround. You may want to contact your cable company about getting a box with a fiber optic output on it, that could alleviate everything.

Hope that helps.