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HDTV newbe need help

osu buckeyes
02-19-2006, 08:19 PM
Ok i got a 26" samsung HDTV. Time warner came the other day and hooked up my 8000HD DVR box. The Hd channels all look great but the regular digital channels look like shit. There is the cable wire coming into my house then into the box, the the componets go from the box to tv, that's it. There is no switching from componet to tv/video to view the hd channels, they are all together on the componet. From what I understand they need to be seperate but I have tried almost everything but nothing. Can anyone hepl me?????

drock912001
02-19-2006, 10:19 PM
Well you need component or hdmi that's it.The purpose of the hd connection is to transmit HD signals and analog.Most boxes cable or satellite,heck even proscan dvd can detect the connection will output accordingly.

EddieDZ
02-19-2006, 10:30 PM
SD channels look like crap on most HDTV's from what i have read/heard... i have YET to find anyone to comment positively on SD channels looking amazing or even great on HDTV's... oh well what can ya do 'eh

godson
02-19-2006, 10:34 PM
to hell with them....theyll be gone soon...hopefully

BobY
02-20-2006, 09:40 AM
To some extent it's like playing a new, pristine digital copy of an old scratchy vinyl record. There's only so much you can do to make an inferior signal better and "better" doesn't mean "good".

osu buckeyes
02-20-2006, 04:37 PM
I have the SA8000HD box from time warner along with the componet cables. Is the box junk? Do I need to run a coax from my box to my tv?

borromini
02-20-2006, 05:40 PM
As stated in the previous posts...all you need are the component cables...that's it, forget about coax or any other connection. The HD receiver is not junk. You're set to go. Your SD channels will never look as good as your HD channels on this type of TV. You'll need to get used to that fact. Enjoy :)

osu buckeyes
02-20-2006, 05:53 PM
I have read that I am supposed to switch from SD to HD by using the tv/componet button on my remote. Is that true or can they all be run together? My SD channels don't even look like digital, they are really bad. Looks like i'm getting them off an antenna. There is no way the can be set up right. My friend has an lcd tv that is hooked up to a regular digital box (NON-HD Box) and he has the componets coming from the box to tv, then coax from box to tv. He can be watching espn then go to espn HD and all he gets is sound until he hits his componet button on remote then the picture comes in. It's HD and his SD channels are clear, not snowy and fuzzy like mine

BobY
02-20-2006, 07:03 PM
It sounds like he's watching the SD channels through composite or RF, then switching to component for the HD channels.

What do his SD channels look like if he leaves it on component?

If the box sends the SD signals over component, then there's no reason to switch back and forth. If the box *doesn't* send the SD channels over component, then they might not be digital signals. There's no reason not to try other hook-ups to see what they look like (for the HD channels, I'd try S-Video first, then Composite, then RF), but it's unlikely they would look better.

osu buckeyes
02-20-2006, 07:57 PM
I just tried splitting my cable wire and it made no difference. The box does send both signals through the componet. I think I might try a different non HD box. will it make a difference?

BobY
02-20-2006, 09:57 PM
Are you saying you ran your cable directly to the TV without the cable box?

If so, and the picture looked bad, all you can do is complain to the cable company.

borromini
02-21-2006, 12:10 AM
Well I'm thoroughly confused...:confused:

the_dude
02-21-2006, 12:29 AM
I just tried splitting my cable wire and it made no difference. The box does send both signals through the componet. I think I might try a different non HD box. will it make a difference?

I'm confused as well. I have Time Warner and the same DVR as you.


The cable connects to the DVR.
Component cables connect the DVR to the TV.
That's it. No other connections from the DVR to TV. Both SD and HD programming go through the component cables. As others have said, there is no need for any other connections. If you're not happy with how SD programming looks, call the cable company. I have a Philips 34" HD CRT set and SD programming is sufficient, not horrible, but not bad either. HD is gorgeous of course.

BobY
02-21-2006, 05:04 PM
He may have split the incoming cable and run one to the box and one to the antenna jack of the TV which works as long as his set has a compatible tuner.

The SA8000HD handles both analog SD and digital SD, so if the SD channels are coming in poorly, you're either seeing a bad analog signal, or a bad analog signal that has been converted into a bad digital signal.