Home Theater Installation – The DVD Player

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home theater expert Keith Harmon discusses how to install a DVD player.

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    The newer ones come out with the HD DVD that comes out at 1080i or the Blue-ray comes out at 1080p. Which one do you buy? Well, progressive should be a little better, but then again the Betamax is supposed to be better than the VHS too. If you do want to do hop into that arena, then you can get one of those. They will give you some higher resolution and that is going to really start to look at what kind of outputs you have on the back. So, when we look at what is on the back, the all digital signal is the HDMI and we will also look at these from the cable standpoint, so we will see these there. You want to have either an HDMI or a component red, green and blue that will give you an - either one of those will carry a high definition video signal. HDMI will also carry the digital audio signal.

    When you start to look at the - if you use the component, then you are also going to have to have another cable to carry your audio, you have got your old school here, the red and white, right and left stereo signals, not particular what you want to have for the DVDs, you do not get surround sound. What you want for that surround sound is either this coaxial, this one is black, a lot of times they will be orange in color or this digital optical. They are going to send the same signal, so digital audio signal that is received in the other side by your receiver which we are going to talk about in a different section, it is just a question of whether it is sent over a copper wire in this instance or sent over an optical cable in this instance. So, it sends flashes of lights that the signal is coming over.

    The last one that we -- the old school here is the S-video that one, we probably will not be using much for any of your HD that will send out a standard definition signal up to 480. So, for the most part we will not use that one or this old component video here, the same thing, old style. That would be the lowest quality video. If you want the lowest quality video, use your component. So, that is a quick overview of some of the things to look for in a DVD player. You are going to make sure that you have a high definition out of component or HDMI as well as the optical audio outs.

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