First time Hdtv owner: what should I know?

RoeRoe Farming Greater RiftsRegistered User regular
Yesterday I just purchased an HDTV and was wondering what I should buy to go along with it. I hear you need HDMI cables if you use and HD console. I also have a digital cable box and was wondering if there was something I should know about connecting the two.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    You do need HDMI cables for most devices, but do not buy them from the store like Best Buy or Target - they'll overcharge you by ~$25-30. Get them from amazon or monoprice.com

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  • RoeRoe Farming Greater Rifts Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    So I need the hdmi cables for hd consoles, or what else would need it? That's my main question.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    Roe wrote: »
    So I need the hdmi cables for hd consoles, or what else would need it? That's my main question.

    If by HD consoles you mean Xbox 360/PS3, then yes, you'll need one for each. Blu-ray players use HDMI as well. Your TV will probably have at least 3 HDMI input ports. I'm less familiar with how digital cable boxes work, but I suspect that if you're getting any kind of HD cable then you'll need another HDMI cable for that as well. Pretty much any modern a/v input will connect to your TV with an HDMI cable, even computers (though you might need an adapter).

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Roe wrote: »
    So I need the hdmi cables for hd consoles, or what else would need it? That's my main question.

    Why not look on the back of your cable box and find out?

  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    If you have too many devices, component can carry 1080p as well.

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  • floobiefloobie Registered User regular
    Synthesis wrote: »
    If you have too many devices, component can carry 1080p as well.

    I thought component was limited to 1080i? At least, it always seems to be when I use it.

    HDMI is indeed the ideal choice. It's digital and carries both video and audio through a single cable. Component works, but it carries an analog, video only signal.

  • a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    Roe wrote: »
    So I need the hdmi cables for hd consoles, or what else would need it? That's my main question.

    Any reasonably modern device that you would connect to a TV will work best with an HDMI cable.

  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    if you have a Wii, you will want the Wii component cables for that.

    Otherwise, use HDMI for everything.

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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    floobie wrote: »
    Synthesis wrote: »
    If you have too many devices, component can carry 1080p as well.

    I thought component was limited to 1080i? At least, it always seems to be when I use it.


    Component can deliver 1080p. Devices that adhere to AACS will not permit more than 1080i or 720p over component, at least for drm content.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    floobie wrote: »
    Synthesis wrote: »
    If you have too many devices, component can carry 1080p as well.

    I thought component was limited to 1080i? At least, it always seems to be when I use it.

    HDMI is indeed the ideal choice. It's digital and carries both video and audio through a single cable. Component works, but it carries an analog, video only signal.

    No, it's not. Component carries 1080p from a device that's capable of doing it.

    A component cable set also comes with audio cables, of course, but those are just your usual RCA stuff, so it probably doesn't match HDMI audio. But from every device I've had the chance to try, the difference between HDMI and Component at 1080p is pretty infinitesimal.

    EDIT: Yup, Djeet summed it up better. HDMI is preferable, but if you're like me, you've got the same number of component inputs as HDMI, and I'm not about to waste any of them.

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    Orca wrote: »
    Synthesis wrote:
    Isn't "Your sarcasm makes me wet," the highest compliment an Abh can pay a human?

    Only if said Abh is a member of the nobility.
  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    Definitely get the Wii component cables. On a 1080p TV, you will notice the difference between 480i (stock AV) and 480p (component).

    My HD Cable box uses HDMI or component, but will only output 1080i across component. My TV has exactly three HDMI inputs, which works out for me. One for the cable, one for the PS3 and one for the 360.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    I've got 3 component and 3 HDMI inputs (and a few older inputs, mostly for Dreamcast).

    I've got an Xbox 360, a PS3, and my PC attached via HDMI, and my cable box via component. My cable box has an HDMI output, but can't do 1080p period (only 720p or 1080i), so component is more than adequate. When I had my old Xbox hooked up, I used component for obvious reasons--the old Xbox could "only" go up to 1080i (in rare games--still way ahead of the Gamecube and PS2 though).

    The funny part? To output my PC, I use DVI to HDMI. It carries audio, and for my GPU, it's a bit faster than HDMI to HDMI.....over 35 feet.

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    Orca wrote: »
    Synthesis wrote:
    Isn't "Your sarcasm makes me wet," the highest compliment an Abh can pay a human?

    Only if said Abh is a member of the nobility.
  • AllforceAllforce Registered User regular
    Also PLEASE buy all your HDMI and component cables at www.monoprice.com and do NOT go to Radio Shack/Best Buy/etc where you will likely pay almost 10x as much.

    You can get HDMI and component cables for every device you'll ever own for less than 25-30 bucks at monoprice

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