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No no no! # 1. You need to connect all your components to your TV via an HDMI cable. For true HD and digital sound this is needed. Your TV (if its an HD TV) should have 3 or 4 HDMI inputs. So your Xbox/PS3 should be connected via HDMI cable. Your HD sat or cable box should also be connected with an HDMI cable. Same for your Blu Ray player.
#2. Now that your components are connect in a way which will enable you to see their media in either 720p, 1080i or 1080p your ready to get the Digital sound to your speakers. On the back of your TV you should (again on most all HD tv's) have a digital audio (optical) out. You need to purchase a digital (optical) audio cable and plug one end into your tv's digital audio out jack. Then plug the other end into your audio receivers digital audio in jack. You may have to go into your receivers menu to select or enable the digital/optical input. Then you should be rocking and rolling with true digital DTS, Pro Logic, Pro Logic 2 in either 5.1 or 7.1...
Think of your TV as the hub. Connect all the components with HDMI cables. And then your TV to your receiver with a digital/optical cable. It's that simple.
Never never use the red and white cables for audio. They were designed for 2 channel stereo sound. They won't deliver 5.1 or 7.1 digital sound.
Also... Don't ever hook up any component using the old "yellow" video cable if you want picture quality better than 480i resolution. They won't do HD period.
Here is a list of the popular video cables and they highest resolution.
Yellow video cables - 480i resolution
S video (super video) cable - 480p
Component video cables (red/blue/green) - up to 720p
HIgh definition multimedia interface HDMI - up to 1080p (full HD) and digital sound.
a TV issue for me. Changed Wii to another input on TV and resolved
situation. Need now to check how to get my TV to recognize colour on AV2 & 3 because I prefer to keep DVD input as AV1!
had to use the (RCA) video inputs and not the component inputs. These
are the ones made for video games. If you want to use the component
input (Component cables are Red,White Red, Green, Blue). If you don't
have any, you should be able to purchase them at your local electronics
store like Radio Shack or Best Buy. Hope this helps, read below:
TV (This is your cable connection or TV; coax) Component 1 (Must use component cables for this input/output; Red and White for audio, Red, Blue, Green for Video) Component 2 (Must use component cables for this input/output; Red and White for audio, Red, Blue, Green for Video) HDMI 1 (HDMI Cable) HDMI 2 (HDMI Cable) Video 1 (Must Use RCA cables, or RCA jacks; Red and White for Audio, Yellow for Video) Video 2 (Must Use RCA cables, or RCA jacks; Red and White for Audio, Yellow for Video)
Sample of Component Cables: http://www.tigerdirect.com/include/AddCartfromGallery.asp?EdpNo=245214&csid=ITD&Sku=C184-27083&imgcart=1
Your dvd recorder only has rca, red white yellow inputs it wont allow you to record in HD, although you can play your comcast box any hd, regular digital through and record. Hook up the comcast box if HD through preferably HDMI if not get one from comcast. The HD box is the only box that allow HDMI, component and regular RCA and some RF out. This way you can play HD to your set but also record through RCA or RF again will not allow for HD record unless its TiVo. Hope this helps
You can use an HDMI-to-DVI cable for the TV's DVI input and this would give you video at full HD 1080p resolution but you need to route the audio via standard red & white RCA. It would be better if it has digital audio inputs such as optical or coaxial to get Dolby Digital and other digital formats from your source.
If in the unlikely scenario that it does not have a DVI input (which looks similar to your PC's blue VGA only wider and is white) you can hook it up to your component video-in (which is the red/blue/green RCA inputs). For this you need a cable that has HDMI on one end and red/blue/green for video RCA's +red/white RCA's audio.
This would give you 1080i resolution with stereo audio.
Round peg into the round hole. Red peg on the red slot. etc. If the wire from the nintendo doesn't fit the slot on the tv then you're in the wrong slot. if the wire from the nintendo fits the slot on the tv (and is the same color if you are using red/white/yellow rca cables) then you're good. here's a hint on connection types (you will not mix):
1. RCA (red/white/yellow round connectors)
Red=right audio sound
White=left audio sound
connect to the slots that look like they want some.
2. Coaxial (stiff cable with a pinner poking out of the end -- same cable that connects you to cable tv) just hook it up by itself; it carries audio and video.
3. Component (red/green/blue)(red/white) two 'bundles'
red=red component of video
green=green component of video
blue=blue component of video
4. VGA + (red/white)
VGA=video (computer monitor cable)
5. HDMI (flat hdmi cable. you spent $30 on this 3 foot ****)
HDMI=audio and video
6. hugs and kisses
kisses=audio (both sides)
Ive got 3 samsung tv's (lcd, plasma, DLP) and I use HDMI cables on all of them. Its the only way to get the full potential out of the tv. When you use the red/white/yellow RCA cables the signal is anolog aka "old technology". Component cables are good but HDMI is the best. HDMI is a digital signal and thats what all the components that go with the tv should be run on. If your dvd player does not have an HDMI output I would suggest getting one that has that output. As for the cable box most require you to upgrade to digital cable in order to get one with an HDMI output. If you dont want to spend the money on new components and run what you have now the picture will stay mediocre at best. Good luck hope this helped