Category Archives: HDTV

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

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

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

Can an SDTV work with HDTV Broadcasts?

Absolutely. SDTVs were specifically created to receive HDTV broadcasts, but what they do is reduce the resolution for 480i which is basically what a standard DVD movie produces. (Done so that anyone can afford a digital television). You have a tuner built into the TV that receives HD broadcasts, but downconverts them to “analog” so that it can be displayed on the SDTV. Another thing a lot of people aren’t familiar with is that you can get HD Satellite or Cable boxes and connect them to any TV through a composite video cable (yellow). Say you had an HD in one room and an older analog set in another, or an SDTV in another room you can have an HD Satellite box in the main room, and have the same box in the other room, but just connect a coaxial or composite cable to the TV and still watch the HD channels, just not in HD resolution.

I’ve got an HDTV, but don’t know how to get an HDTV Signal.

If you have an HD Built in TV you need a High Def signal either from Cable, Satellite or Antenna. If you have cable, but don’t have an HD Cable box you can contact your cable company and they will come out with a new box for you and your monthly fee will go up $10 or so. For Satellite you will need to upgrade your box to HD if it is not, and possibly your Satellite Dish (contact your provider). My personal favorite way of doing it is through an antenna. The reason for this is that depending on where you live you will be able to receive all the local broadcasts for free. Some of the cable companies offer local high definition channels, but not all of the channels are available through all providers, and with Satellite they haven’t launched full coverage of local channels. If you live in/near a major city you can be guaranteed to have 5 – 15 HD channels available to you via an Antenna. To find out what’s available go to http://www.antennaweb.org/ and follow the directions on finding the right antenna for you. This site will help you to find the right antenna for HD – its for outdoor or attic mounted antennas. If you don’t want to mess with an outdoor or attic mounted antenna, take a look at the Terk TV5 amplified antenna, available at Best Buy and Circuit City for about $50. Its constantly rated as the number one antenna for HD use (non attic/roof mount). I hope this helped.

I’ve got my Cable Box connected to my HDTV with an HDMI cable, but I’m not getting any signal – Help!

This is a huge problem in the industy. I am a National Trainer for Monster Cable and as a whole 98% of the time is has to do with where the signal is coming from. First thing to check is to ensure that the HDMI output is active on the device (DVD or HD BOX). To do this connect a video cable to the TV first and go through the settings on the box. After you’ve gone through and activated the HDMI output you should be good. This is the problem most of the time with products form Samsung, Philips, Pioneer, LG, and DirecTV. For some reason they are shipped with HDMI turned off and the Component Video output (Red, Green, Blue) set as the default. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then the most other common problem has to do with the pass-through. HDMI has a copy protection built into it called HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection), which causes a lot of problems as well. If you have your source (DVD or HD Box) running through a surround receiver, try connecting it directly to the Television and bypass the receiver, if that works then you know its the fault of the receiver for not sending what is called a repeat signal (basically to send the signal along to the TV). If that’s the problem I recommend Denon receivers ending in an 07 in the model number because all of them pass through HDMI with no problems.I know this was a lot, but I hope it helped.

How can I improve my cable signal on my HD Ready TV?

If your TV is an HD Capable set and your cable is not HD that is the problem. We have a lot of people complain about Digital Cable on HD Sets because the “Digital Cable” name is pretty much a joke. The signal is not truly digital because it is going through THREE digital to analog conversions before it reaches your Television. If you’re watching through Channel 3 that’s a big problem too, but if you’re using Composite, or S-Video this will help a little. The biggest problem with Cable and HD capable TVs is the Progressive Scan Line Doubler built into all TVs, they take an incoming signal and basically fill in the missing information, but because Digital Cable goes through the Digital To Analog Conversion so many times the signal is poor when it gets there, so the poor signal is doubled in a sense. If you’re paying $50 now for Cable, I’d look into DirecTV because it doesn’t go through the same conversions, it comes into your box Digital and out Digital based on how you connect it to your TV. And for $63 you can get 200 channels in digital and another 20 or so in HD.This is one of the points that we’ve been having to do a lot of training on over the last two years for our retailer trainings, we’ve heard this complaint alot. Digital cable is very pixelated, so when it goes through the line doubler in the TV it becomes twice as bad.