HDTV for dummies by Daniel D Briere; Patrick J Hurley

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So, when we want to just watch the news, or turn on that TiVo recording of Sesame Street for the kids, we prefer to use the speakers built into our HDTVs. We mention this because some HDTVs (mainly plasmas and LCD flat-panels) don’t come with speakers — you’ll have to fire up the full surround-sound system for everything you watch. ߜ Surround-sound decoder: While you need six or more speakers and related amplification systems to get true surround sound (see Chapter 18), you can get improved sound quality for the sound system built into your HDTV if it includes a simulated surround-sound decoder, which can create a richer sound from your HDTV’s speakers.

What neat features do you want? It’s easy to be swayed by neat features, but in lots of implementations, you can’t access them for various reasons. For instance, if you set up your system so all your signals come in over one cable connection, you might not be able to use your TV’s dual-channel features — you could rely on your cable or satellite box for that. ) Still, features are important to all of us, and we’ll tell you in this chapter about which ones are the most important. Budgeting for HDTV If we all had unlimited funds, we’d simply buy the best of everything.

Most of the today’s TV content is standard definition in both broadcast media (over-the-air, cable, and satellite) and prerecorded media (DVD and VCR). Most source devices for standard-definition video use one of the following traditional analog connectors, not the high-definition video connections mentioned earlier in this chapter. 40 Part I: HDTV Fundamentals S-Video The best traditional video connection is S-Video. Figure 3-5 shows the S-Video connector. If you can use an S-video connection, you should (unless you can use a high-definition digital or component video connection).

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