HDTV delivers crisp picture with vibrant colours, but in most cases, this high-tech appliance must connect to other devices such as DVD players, video game consoles, and cable boxes in order to give viewers the exact TV viewing experience they want. Additionally, many HDTV owners are dissatisfied with the built-in speakers that come with the TV and wish to connect a more robust external pair. Most of these external devices need to connect to the HDTV with analogue cables. With some basic information and list of steps, viewers can accomplish this potentially daunting task.
Understanding Device and Cable Types
Those who are apprehensive about connecting cables to their TV should take comfort in the fact that most auxiliary appliances and HDTVs come with labelled and colour-coded ports to indicate where these cables should plug in. Additionally, these cables typically some with the device that plugs into the TV, saving a step and possible confusion. If the cable does not come with the device, the necessary item should be available online. Review the potential cable types as well as how to identify them.
- Connects cable boxes or lines to TV
- Plugs into corresponding "female" plug with bolt guide
- Typically black or white
- Has metallic plug at either end
- Plug has a thin, sharp point and may include a bolt to tighten
- Connects DVD and Blu-ray players to TV
- Plugs into video/audio output ports on video player
- Plugs into video/audio input ports on TV
Video Component Cable
- Connects DVD, Blu-ray, and Video game consoles to TV
- Plugs into component video cable ports on TV
- May also plug into HDMI port on TV
- Red, green, and blue plugs connect to correspondingly coloured ports
- Plugs HDTV audio system into external speakers
- Plugs into "audio out" ports on TV and "audio in" ports on stereo system
Though the exact placement varies by model and brand, most of the ports for these cables are available on the back or sides of the TV and the back or sides of the appliance the user wants to connect. Exact plug types may also depend on the appliance's country of origin or intended country of sale. To avoid potential confusion, shoppers should make sure their TV is for sale in Australia.
Making the Proper Plug-In Connections
Though it may seem daunting on paper, the process of plugging the correct analogue cables into the correct ports on the TV and accessory devices is fairly simple. The following steps are a general guide, but HDTV owners should keep in mind that configurations can vary from brand to brand.
- Inspect the back and sides of the HDTV and locate the necessary ports.
- Use visual clues, including the label next to the ports on both the TV and the auxiliary device, port colour, and port shape, to identify the corresponding cables.
- Connect the devices with the power still on, secure the screw bolts, and then follow the specific instructions for the model of HDTV to access the connected device in question. This may require looking at the television's instruction manual.
How to Buy Analogue Cables on eBay
Once shoppers have identified and purchased the perfect HDTV, only a few simple plug-ins stand in the way of the viewing experience. Manufacturers have worked to make the process of connecting analogue cables straightforward and simple enough so even the most tech-phobic users can plug their gaming consoles and DVD players into their HDTVs.
Thanks to colour-coded and labelled ports and cables, patience and common sense are the most helpful tools in this process. However, when the actual components are not available, users can rely on sellers on eBay for everything they need. Simply type the necessary component into the site's search bar and browse through the seller listings until a perfect match shows up.