cables for new TV

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  1. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    Finally caved to pressure from my mother in law who claimed she couldn't see the scores watching fb on our TV and bought a flat screen LCD from Philips.
    I'm using an RCA video input right now and watching the Bears and Vikings in what seems to me like a really good picture.
    What differences would I notice if I used an HDMI cable instead?
     
  2. jpete24

    jpete24 Well-Known Member

    Big difference.....If it's from your cable box and you have HD channels. Otherwise, not much.
     
  3. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Coming from DishNetwork box. What kind of difference?
     
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  5. GeronimusClone

    GeronimusClone Well-Known Member

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    I got a Philips LCD as well. I've noticed on the HD channels, that the very bottom of the screen shows at the top - like a centimeter of it, but it's annoying as hell. Just on HD channels this happens. Is this a cable problem or the TV?
     
  6. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a problem with that. Are you using Coax or RCA cables?
    I just hooked up my OTA antenna though and the local channels are much better in HD than through the Dish so I assume an HDMI would take care of that?
     
  7. GeronimusClone

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    Mine is a coax coming from DVR to TV.
    I'm hoping it's just that and I don't have to take it back, because I love the TV and picture.
     
  8. GeronimusClone

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    Here's what it looks like, just on HD channels.
     
  9. Dino

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    Could be an HD picture going through the coax. Try an HDMI or component (the red green and blue cables.) If that doesn't work, maybe your TV has a V-hold knob or screw or some sort of menu adjustment?
     
  10. Dino

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    If you watch a game in OTA HD that should give you a pretty good idea what an ESPNHD game from your dish will look coming through HDMI. I say get it for sure.
     
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    I love that episode. Robert dancing is pretty funny stuff.
     
  13. jumbopackage

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    I don't think there is much of a difference between Y/Pb/Pr and HDMI in quality. HDMI is a lot more convenient, however.

    get a cheap cable from monoprice.
     
  14. bstegs

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    Also, make sure that you do not have the red/white/yellow cables plugged into the component out on your dish receiver. I don't know if the decreased bandwidth would impact the picture like that.
     
  15. ISUFan22

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    And you're sure you have an HD box from Dish? Did you have an HDTV hooked up prior to your new one?
     
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  17. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

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    You don't need the "expensive" ones unless you're burying them in the wall. These will do fine:
    HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!

    And, as cheap as they are, I'd just order 3 and save a bit on shipping down the road when you want to order more.
     
  18. mred

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    Or if you're doing a longer run. I don't know if I'd trust 28-gauge more than 10 feet. Less than that, the cheap ones should be fine. Since you linked to a 4 ft cable, I agree with jumbopackage.
     
  19. CycloneCPA

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    Component to HDMI Cable -- Blue Jeans Cable

    This website does a good job of explaining the connection options in layman's terms. The link is to a specific article (not necessarily pertaining to the specific question), but provides a direction to information for all sorts of connection questions.

    Basically, optimum connection is dependent on what other equipment is involved in the setup. For a basic HD satellite receiver => TV connection, either connection should provide same quality of viewing in a vacum. However, as with every video source, the quality of output signal may vary so I would connect both and see which looks better. Also, with a component connection, you will need to run a secondary audio connection.

    I always come across a common problem with my inexperienced friends when setting up something for the first time. 1. They hook up too many cables & 2. The video source is setup to output signal through the lowest quality connection or at a format that isn't correct.

    When people begin incorporating audio receivers and blu-ray receivers into their setup is when the utilization of HDMI becomes more critical.
     
  20. conmebol

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    Or just this for $1.97 + sh if you dont' care about color
    HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!
     

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