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Old 01-24-2008, 10:05 AM   #31  
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OK - I'm wondering where optical fits in here? For example, I'm hooking up my new cable converter box to my HDTV with an HDMI cable. So - if I want to then hook up my cable box to my "older" receiver, can I, or should I use the optical input/output? Is optical audio only and is it capable of carrying 5.1 or only stereo?
Optical ('Toslink') and Coaxial ('SPDIF') are the only two cables that you will be able to use to pass digital audio from your cable box to your "older" receiver. Optical and coaxial are audio only, and both are capable of carrying 5.1 streams.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:09 PM   #32  
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Can composite cables be used in component jacks? Other than the connector end type, they appear to fit in the component jacks. I just use an older VCR and will consider investing in an upconverting DVD, maybe even a recorder but in the meantime, I am just pre-planning my connectivity to an HDTV I am getting in another week. Also, I do not use an STB at this time.

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Old 03-30-2008, 05:31 AM   #33  
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OK, My Mitsubishi is rated up to 1080P. The DISH technician used red/green/blue cables. He said no one on the DISH HD Channel line up used 1080P, so compents are all I need.

When I hook up my PS3, won't I need a HDMI connector? It is my understanding Blue-Ray is the only time I will need 1080P capability.

I bought a set of AR Component wires when I bought the set. They have Gold plated connectors, Nitrogen injected foam dielectric, 2 shield layers and oxygen free copper.

heres the questions.

When watching DISH HD channels, will I get a better picture and audio with HDMI or the Component Cables?

When watching Blue-Ray movies on the the Play Station 3, will I get a better picture and audio using the component wires or HDMI?

Today is the last day I have to return the cables.

I am sooooooo confused
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:19 PM   #34  
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OK, My Mitsubishi is rated up to 1080P. The DISH technician used red/green/blue cables. He said no one on the DISH HD Channel line up used 1080P, so compents are all I need.

When I hook up my PS3, won't I need a HDMI connector? It is my understanding Blue-Ray is the only time I will need 1080P capability.

I bought a set of AR Component wires when I bought the set. They have Gold plated connectors, Nitrogen injected foam dielectric, 2 shield layers and oxygen free copper.

heres the questions.

When watching DISH HD channels, will I get a better picture and audio with HDMI or the Component Cables?

When watching Blue-Ray movies on the the Play Station 3, will I get a better picture and audio using the component wires or HDMI?

Today is the last day I have to return the cables.

I am sooooooo confused
Use component for the Dish hookup.

Use HDMI for your PS3.

There's your simple answer.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:46 PM   #35  
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i hereby selling cables and wires from China. May be i can help you
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:32 PM   #36  
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I have a problem with my display, we just bought 4 new HDTV screens and they are connected to a PC through a splitter. I have a very poor display, its flitering very bad and am using a VGA cable to connect the 4 TV screens. But when I connect a laptop the display way better than the Desktop PC. Anyone with any ideas...?
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:52 PM   #37  
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Ok i have a question.I have a rca big screen tv with a hd dvi port.I also have a Hp w1907 flat screen computer monitor with a dvi port.I have ran the dvi to dvi cable from my computer monitor to my tv.I cannot get the tv to show what is displayed on my computer monitor.I called the place where i got my monitor,and they said it should work and show on my tv by just connecting the dvi cable to each.He also said something about going to my computer settings and switching the toggle to tv.How do i do this?Should i do this?And why isn't my tv working with my monitor using the dvi to dvi cable?
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:25 PM   #38  
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I am new here and recently am learning about HDMI, SVIDEO and VGA cables. I have a Pioneer HDTV (it sais plasma display system at the back but this is what they told me) and I decided VGA cable was the best way to go with connecting my laptop to my tv. I got a perfect display but no sound. I just went out and bought a cable which goes into the headphones in my laptop then on the other end it divides into two parts red and white, although I do not see any socket (red or white) but only one under PC which is the right audio socket. I don't know what's wrong or perhaps there's another place I should connect these two behind the tv??? I have no idea what Im doing please help!!!!???
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:10 AM   #39  
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What's the model number of your tv? There most certainly should be an audio input port for you to plug in the red and white cable from your laptop.
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I have a problem/question. I recently upgraded my bedroom DirecTV receiver to an HD unit. Previously I had the bedroom TV hooked up via the composite video jacks which freed up the regular coax antenna output to feed the TV in the next room via the house antenna system. The new HD receiver does not have a coax antenna output. Is there some way I can still hook up the 2nd TV without having to rewire my house? Is there a cable or converter made to go from composite outputs to coax antenna wire? I'm not interested in getting an HD signal to the next room, just a good TV picture. I hope I have described my problem clearly and welcome any input...

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Old 03-02-2009, 03:24 AM   #41  
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also take a look at this guide for some of the basics. Hope this helps some of you out

http://www.cabletrain.com/cable-guide
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Excellent Intro!
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:18 PM   #43  
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Thank you for this info in advance. I have a DCH3416 dvr from comcast. I would like to play my dvd's and vcr tapes. Can you tell me how to hook this up to my tv set. I don't need the dvd/vcr for recording, just play back. I called Comcast, but they want me to drive 40 miles to give me a diagram and the RG6 cable. Will this connection distort my picture on the tv?

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Old 09-22-2009, 06:46 AM   #44  
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Hi there, Can you suggest what are the best brands for cables and jacks?
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Hi there, Can you suggest what are the best brands for cables and jacks?
You can go to www.monoprice.com for all of your high quality cable needs at very low prices.
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