Just Got a New TV and Now...

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  1. DrHerbertWest

    DrHerbertWest For Your Health

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    A couple of nights ago, the wife and I purchased a 42" Sony Bravia LCD TV at Best Buy (it was $999 on sale and usually $1399 so we went for it) and got it all hooked up. I have an Elite XBox 360, an upconverting Philips DVD player and a pretty nice Harmon Kardon receiver. My question is... What should I use to hook all these together to maximize my picture quality? I have high grade A/V components hookups but every one is telling me to get HDMI cords. Problem is I don't know which ones are worth the money and which ones are just duds. Any recommendations?
     
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    ekent The Lord's Arm of Justice

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    You should definitely go with HDMI wherever possible, it is nice to have the audio and video all in one cable. I get mine from Sam's Club, they have the most reasonable prices I've seen in a brick and mortar store. Definitely do not go to one of those high end stores because you'll pay $50+ for a stinkin' cable.
     
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    HDMI all the way. If your Harmon Kardon receiver doesn't have HMDI, then see what kind of digtal audio in's it has (Coax or Optical - and you need to see what your HD TV Receiver has for digital audio outs). Since I have older receiver with digital ins (no HDMI) that's the route I go and it's great (HDMI from DTV Receiver to TV and Optical Audio from DTV Receiver to Stereo Receiver).

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON BUYING MONSTER HDMI'S. Places like BestBuy love to screw people on cables because all they offer is the most high end distributors (and most folks don't know the difference). You can buy HDMI's cables from no name companies off Amazon for MUCH cheaper. Luckily, DTV gives you an HDMI (most cable companies do not). I'm sure those cables are bottom of the barrel, but it's looks friggin sweet. The beauty of digital is that it's either gonna work or it ain't. The Monster cables are more built for durability and sheilding.
     
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    Go to monoprice.com for great deals on HDMI cables. I bought 2 from them over a year ago for less than $30...and they are great.
     
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    Yes, if you can go HDMI, it's your best option. And yeah, depending where you go, they screw the hell out of you for the cost of cables as noted. You shouldn't pay more than $10-$30 for an HDMI cable, and should be able to find them online for cheap cheap cheap.
     
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    Ditto on the recommendation; love the HDMI cables I got from mono.
     
  7. Odin

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    yeah thats pretty much it...hdmi is digital and no matter how thick the cables are and no matter how shiny that gold plating is...it wont make a difference
     
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    For high end cables, the best is BJC and they cost way less and are far and away better than Monster or other even more high price cables, Monster is cheap compared to some of them! I got my HDMI cable for my playstation 3 from them. Awesome service! The cable looks like it cost a few hundred dollars but it was very cheap (I paid $12.50) http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

    If you want some good cables for 95% of the gear out there and you don't need high end cables then MonoPrice is pretty damn awesome and just as good as Monster and in some ways far better, they are even cheaper than BJC, here is their website: www.monoprice.com
     
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    In the past I've always recommended Monoprice. And it's probably still the best place for buying multiple items.

    But lately Amazon has had some great prices on cables through their 3rd party sellers. You can get an HDMI cable for under $5 shipped ($1-$2 for cable + $3 S&H). Usually the S&H is added to each cable so it's only a good deal if you're buying one.
     
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    HDMI definitely, but as others have said, don't get fooled into thinking an expensive cable is going to make the A/V any better than a cheaper HDMI cable will.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. At work we sell a 3 foot Philips HDMI that would cost me $4 a piece and I'd need two (XBox and DVD player)... We also sell Coby which makes me nervous because they don't make good products but they claim to be gold-plated.
     
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    Mono-price is a great place to buy cables and other A/v items. I purchased my LCD wall-mount from them and it's perfect. Their HDMI cables are very well made and priced reasonably, a lot better purchase than anything from monster cable. The nice thing about HDMI over component is, you have one cable compared to three component video cables. Also, HDMI also takes care of your audio, unlike component where you need one or two additional cables for audio. BTW, my father-in-law has a Bravia and loves it. Damn good TV.
     
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    Now another thing... While browsing @ Monoprice, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with all the different brands and styles. Does any one recommend any certain models or brands over any others?
     
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    Why not just go with the $4 Phillips cables you got at work? Done! Although you might need a 6 foot cable somewhere, but I'm sure you have those too.
     
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    Beyond the HDMI cables (I also highly recommend Monoprice.com) you may want to consider getting an antenna now for HD OTA. It's higher quality than anything you can get over cable/satelite, and free to boot.
     
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    HDMI all the way, and from monoprice. I picked up 2 the other week and they work great.

    BTW, I too just picked up a HDTV here recently. Got a 42" Philips 1080P LCD. Looks great. I have my x360 hooked up via component (it's an older model), but my HD-DVDs look awesome at 1080i. I also bought a philips upconverting DVD player (1080p) and regular DVDs look great as well.
     
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    This is what I bought when I purchased my cables:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10240&cs_id=1024007&p_id=5214&seq=1&format=2

    Unfortunately these seem to be out of stock. From my experience with other purchases from them, I usually just go for the cheapest. I never understood why people pay outrageous amounts for cables. Hell, for component hook ups, I use the typical RCA cables (Red / White / Yellow) and just make sure to match up the colors correctly from the player and tv set. It works just as good as these "expensive" cables you see elsewhere.
     
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    The free 99 cent cables are NOT up to standard specs, which is why they suck ass. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone for any reason.
     
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    DrHerbertWest For Your Health

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    How does the antenna work? I've seen things like that but didn't figure it would help reception. We get Comcast and it's included in our rent, so I can't really change/upgrade it unfortunately.

    And getting those $4 Philips cables would really be a good deal? I don't need long cables at all.
     
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    In order to get OTA HD, you need a outdoor directional UHF/VHF antenna (optimized for upper VHF and UHF signals). We live very close to the TV towers in our area, so a small antenna is all it takes to get clear, uncomressed HD feeds. ON our sets, you can tell the difference between Dish local HD and OTA local HD channels. It might be something to consider, if you're locked into the current Comcast package. OTA is free and the only expense is the price of an antenna, the cable from the antenna to your set & mounting the antenna on top of your home. BTW, I think it does, but does your TV have a built-in tuner?. You'll need that to get OTA channels.
     

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