How To Set-up an HDTV
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Another note, HDMI cables carry
both the audio and video signals. All other cable connections
require a separate connection for sound and picture.
The source (cable box, DVD player
etc.) will have both audio and video output connections, choose
the best and connect those to the inputs on the AV receiver,
or if you aren't using a receiver, directly to the TV. If you
do have an AV receiver, then will then need to also connect
the highest quality output from the receiver to the TV. You
only need to make one connection because the AV receiver will
switch between the various source components and output through
the single connection.
Like video, you will connect audio
using the best available connection. Unlike video, there is
no need to make audio connections to the TV, unless you are
not using an AV receiver. However, even though it isn't necessary,
I usually connect the audio to the TV, usually for troubleshooting
or unique situations where I want TV sound for some reason.
What If My Home Theater System Doesn't Work?
When setting up a new system, and
you don't get audio, video or either, the problem is often
in the settings on the TV or AV receiver. You can double check
your wiring connections, but the problem is probably in the
configuration of the components. The instructions that come
with the equipment will explain using the set-up menus to make
various settings. Unfortunately, each manufacturer does it
their own way. Their way, often isn't intuitive and sometimes
it is downright lame.
If I can't figure it out
from the instructions, the system I use is to be methodical.
I make one single change and then I test it. If it doesn't
work, I change it back and change the next setting and I
test it. The mistake most people make during this trial and
error approach is that they either change more than one thing
at a time or they get impatient and skip testing some of the
possibilities, often because they don't think those settings
could possibly matter. Trust me, as a professional, I have
been there. I just keep plugging away, one change at a time
and eventually I get it working. Sometimes, it helps to eliminate
some of the equipment and work with just two core pieces, like
the TV and the DVD player. Once I get two pieces working, I
then add the receiver back into the picture. I know the two
pieces work and so now I fiddle with the receiver's settings.
If all else fails, start by checking
the manufacturers' website. If you are having problem, odds
are other people have too and the answer might be posted right
there in the FAQ's or product set-up page. Next up try e-mail
or telephoning the help desk. I usually try e-mail first, but
some companies have good phone support and so it may be worth
starting with the phone if it will get you an answer more quickly.
Good Luck - Your Patience Will be Rewarded
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