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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I got my first A/V question.. Now this is all new to me so go easy on me...

I just picked up a 46" HD TV along with a new upconvert DVD player... So my question has to do with the wiring... So the DVD player looks good hooked up to the component cables but the upconvert does not function when set up this way.. I have to hook it up through HDMI for the upconvert to work, and when it is hooked up through HDMI it looks so much better the the component cables... But then I have to deal with the cable (comcast), see when I bought my TV the guy gave me the HDMI cable to hook up to my cable box so I got the better signal through the cable, and the component cable to hook up the DVD player, I dont think he knew I had the upconvert DVD player though (I bought it at a different store)... So my TV only has one HDMI plug so should I use it for the DVD or the Cable?? It sucks that my TV only has one of these plugs if HDMI is the new wave of things... It also sucks that the TV audio out does not work when I am using components video or HDMI so I cant hook it up to my stereo...
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Use the HDMI w/ your DVD player and the components with your cable box.
I would run all of your audio through your stereo regardless, forget the TV speakers.
HDMI carries audio where component doesn't. If you've got a 5.1 stereo use fiber optic or coax digital audio so you get the best sound.


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Yeah that is why you splurge and get an HD TV with two HDMI inputs. I mean if you are going to spend that much on a TV to begin with, you might as well spend the bit extra for two HDMI inputs. Just my 2 cents. I am basically waiting a while longer to get an HD TV. First priority is getting married this November, then buying a house after the holidays are over with, then HD TV is just about the 3rd thing on the list. Then saving for being able to afford to have kids (and have my fiance/then wife out of work for a few years till they are old enough for preschool (age 2 or so)).
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Oh yeah, do what Mazdamn02 suggests, you will probably enjoy things the most that way.
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oked around the internet a bit, I figured they would have switcher boxes out there. Be prepared to pay ANOTHER $250 or so for the privalege of the two inputs

http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/hdmi-2x1-switch.htm
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You could also go with a passive switch, which is cheaper. http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...mp;catid=10672

There is no remote for this type of switch, you press a button on the switch to change input.

If you do go for a switch, make sure you buy an HDCP compliant one, or it won't work.

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So you have two HDMI output's and one input, right? I'd use the HDMI on the one you watch the most of (cable vs dvd or vice-versa).

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[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=51242.msg815988#msg815988 date=1152641986]
Yeah that is why you splurge and get an HD TV with two HDMI inputs. I mean if you are going to spend that much on a TV to begin with, you might as well spend the bit extra for two HDMI inputs. Just my 2 cents. I am basically waiting a while longer to get an HD TV. First priority is getting married this November, then buying a house after the holidays are over with, then HD TV is just about the 3rd thing on the list. Then saving for being able to afford to have kids (and have my fiance/then wife out of work for a few years till they are old enough for preschool (age 2 or so)).
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i would of if i knew anything about TV's when I went shopping... I was just at best buy with a buddy and I seen a 42" on sale for for $1500 and i was damn I can afford that... But then I was like hey if I am going to buy somthing I need to at least check out one other store to compare prices.. So I went to Video Only and found the same tv but in 46" for $1300!! And the guy was like if you buy this today I will throw in all the cables for FREE!!* So I got like $150 in cables for FREE!!!* I couldnt pass up that deal!!!


I got a Samsung 46" DLP HDTV and I am a bit worried now becuase of the fact that I am now reading reviews online about this TV and they seem to be about 50/50 either they love it or hate it...* But oh well if it sucks it is a lesson learned and it will help me get over impulse buying..* BTW I am bad when it comes to* impulse buying, that is how I ended up with my MZ3... But that has turned out good so far...
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i have the same tv, monster hdmi cables, and a up convert dvd player as well, i use te hdmi cables for the cable, being that i get the hi def channels, and watch tv more, ive never seen such a clear beautiful picture, and use the component cables for the dvd player, being that the dvd player and tv make the movies look great anyway...

great deal btw, with a managers discount, i paid 1400 for the tv,(was1999.00) cables and tv stand..

and about 100 bucks for the dvd player, but i want the samsung dvd player that recently came out..

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[quote author=bzdel2441 link=topic=51242.msg816461#msg816461 date=1152650904]

i would of if i knew anything about TV's when I went shopping... I was just at best buy with a buddy and I seen a 42" on sale for for $1500 and i was damn I can afford that... But then I was like hey if I am going to buy somthing I need to at least check out one other store to compare prices.. So I went to Video Only and found the same tv but in 46" for $1300!! And the guy was like if you buy this today I will throw in all the cables for FREE!!* So I got like $150 in cables for FREE!!!* I couldnt pass up that deal!!!


I got a Samsung 46" DLP HDTV and I am a bit worried now becuase of the fact that I am now reading reviews online about this TV and they seem to be about 50/50 either they love it or hate it...* But oh well if it sucks it is a lesson learned and it will help me get over impulse buying..* BTW I am bad when it comes to* impulse buying, that is how I ended up with my MZ3...* But that has turned out good so far...
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I can't believe how those have come down in price. They were like $3500 2 years ago.


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