Tech Tip #6 – Get the Most Out of Your HDTV

Tech Tip #6 – Get the Most Out of Your HDTV
March 5, 2012 | Tech Tips | no comments

When buying home audio and visual electronic equipment, it is often frustrating to get all the pieces working together in perfect harmony. From a TV purchase a year ago, to an audio system three months ago, it may prove hard to get each to communicate properly with one another due to advancements in technology. By double checking that all your equipment can operate together at the time of purchase is one step in controlling your home, but is sometimes more complicated than expected when it comes time to install.

That’s why making a purchase of a fully integrated system, one that works together and operated as one unit, systems can easily communicate and simplify one area of chaos in your life. By considering a “Home Theater in a Box” that includes an all-in-one surround sound system, and a compatible flat screen, you can save yourself time, money, and energy searching for a solution.

Here’s an interesting fact: High definition television ownership has increased 50% in the past year, as more and more people have the desire to upgrade from traditional televisions to theater style home entertainment systems. However, only about two-thirds of those consumers are actually watching their new equipment in full HD.

Why is that?

Televisions cannot switch over to HD on their own. They need a few key elements to give them that extra boost. With the purchase of the right accessories, the difference in picture quality will be worth the extra investment.

Most crucial among HDTV accessories is a proper high definition multimedia interface, as it is more commonly known, an HDMI cable. A standard definition television runs on analog signals, which travel on a sporadic and varying electrical current. HD televisions on the other hand, are now powered by digital information which travels by electrical pulses. Aspect ratios have also changed, transforming the picture quality from 4:3 to 16:9. Since there is more data for the HDTV to read, the data needs to travel very quickly.

HDMI uses transition minimized differential signaling to move data fast, while also preserving its integrity. The HDMI cable partners with the media device attached to your television, so signals can be carefully encoded by the device and then decoded by your television, preventing miscommunication. This partnership provides a better quality image and allows your television to work at its full potential.

However, don’t forget that a large HDTV is meant to have high definition input directed to it. This means upgrading your current cable or satellite package to one with high definition. The investment in an HD receiver or HD-DVR can make all the difference while watching your favorite action film or sports team in the playoffs.