you recently purchase a new HDTV, Blu-ray player or other HD device? Not experiencing the same kind of picture
quality you saw at your local Best Buy® store?
If so, then there are a couple things you may want to consider:
Your picture quality is limited by your signal source. This means that even if you own an HDTV,
standard definition cable and over-the-air broadcasts will only ever deliver
standard definition images. To take full
advantage of everything your HDTV has to offer, you’ll want to upgrade to HD
cable or satellite service.
Your picture quality is limited by the type of cable you use. Different cable types support different
maximum resolutions and not every TV accepts every type of cable.
Coaxial cables are the most basic type of video
connection. They carry standard resolution
signals and are primarily intended to bring signals into your home from an
outside source (cable, satellite or antenna).
Composite cables are another type of basic video
connection. These cables are typically
colored yellow and can display video up to 480i.
Like composite video cables, S-Video can support a
maximum resolution of 480i. They’re
often reported to provide a better picture than composite cables, but they
still aren’t capable of delivering a high definition experience.
Component video cables are your first option for delivering
high definition signals up to 1080p.
Unfortunately, not all HDTVs are able to accept 1080p signals through
their component inputs. They’re
typically color-coded green, blue and red and are compatible with a wide range
of devices, including many Blu-ray players and video game consoles.
Your second option for high definition signals, HDMI
cables can carry multichannel audio and are the only type of cable that’s
capable of delivering 3D content. They
can also help you minimize the clutter behind your home theater system since they
do not need a separate, dedicated audio cable.
Still not sure what's causing your picture
quality issues? Remember that you can always
give us a call at 1-800-GEEK-SQUAD (1-800-433-5776) for additional assistance.