There are currently vast ranges of products designed to improve your home entertainment systems performance, but how do you know what is the best for you and how to get it set up properly.
There is a good chance that the majority of home entertainment systems in homes are only acheiving a fraction of their true potential and are not set up correctly. All of that hard earned money and still they are average at best.
Most people assume that all they have to do is to buy the right brand tv and plug their bits in and everything will come through to maximum potential, but they couldnt be further from the truth. In the majority of cases when we are called out to a home the tv and the other equipment arent even set correctly for each other resulting in pictures that are way out of shape and audio performance which is only analogue, sometimes the clients are still watching an analogue tv channel even though the tv they have puchased has a built in high definition tuner. These sorts of problems cannot be fixed with a new lead or anothe box, they are simply not being looked at as a complete system and no one has looked at what other peices are involved.
So what is the solution?
A few steps can make all the difference, the first thing is to ensure that all the different sources like dvd, foxtel, pvrs etc are all outputing the correct tv aspect and audio settings to suit your tv and hi fi system. The next important step is to use quality hook up leads that can deliver the simplest way around the spaghetti normally associatted at the back of your equipment whilst still delivering the correct signals to each component. Things are getting easier now with products like blu ray and lcd tvs coming with HDMI leads which can provide a one lead hook up for simple installation.
Remember to check your video output aspect ratio on dvd palyers and other sources and they should be set to 16:9 or widescreen output if you have a widescreen tv. Also check to see if the dvd player or other source is set to bitstream or digital audio output if it is wired into a didgital surround sound sytem, otherwise you wont be getting digital surround sound. You will require a fiber optic or digital coax lead to get the sound transfer in digital to most surround sound systems unless it is one of the latest units with HDMI inputs.
Pay tv and foxtel will also benefit greatly by being converted to component video instead of the normal yellow red and white scart lead they provide when they install it. By converting the fox box to component you will increase resolution and the performance will be far better, likewise plug the fox box into your amp with fiber optic connection and your souns will lift dramatically.
If you are not technologically minded it might pay to visit a specialist hi fi store for advice or contact a good av installer to help with the finer aspects of configuring your system. After all a few extra dollars spent on top of your investment may bring it all together and make it worthwhile.
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