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How Do I Hook Up... my high definition TV?
January 11th, 2008 by Joe Chianese

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Hooking up your other Components (DVD Player, Receiver, and More)

So you've got your TV hooked up. Now what? That's a good question. Getting a DVD player connected may be simple enough, but there are better ways to do it than you may know. And how about surround sound? Have you seen the back side of a receiver? It can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Some tips:

- You should keep in mind that connecting a cable box is usually the same as connecting a satellite box

- You can connect a cable/satellite box as well as an HDTV antenna. Just switch to the antenna input on your TV to view local HD channels via the antenna, and then back to the video input you used for cable/satellite when you want to go to one of those

- If you have a VCR or a DVD Recorder, you need to run a coaxial line from the antenna output on your cable or satellite box to the antenna input on your recorder

Hook up your DVD Player

You can read our How-To on Hooking up your DVD Player. The How-To guide also covers up-converting DVD players, which are units that enhance or up-convert the image to a higher resolution, making the image look better. They usually use HDMI or DVI connections to accomplish this.

Hook up your Receiver

Our How-To guide on How to Hook up a Receiver covers mostly any questions you may have on connecting a home theater. If you have a receiver and want to get the best out of your surround sound setup, you'll want to check that How-To out now.

Some HDTV antennas are powered and unpowered. If they are powered, you'll connect them to your TV and a power outlet. Powered antennas will pick up a signal better. There are also more expensive but more efficient antennas available that range in quality. They are available in both indoor and outdoor types. Depending on your needs, you may buy one or the other, but an outdoor antenna will always pick up the best signal.

How to Hook up... Everything Else

If you haven't found it yet, our How-To Hub will introduce you to all of our available How-To guides currently on the site. Surround sound, subwoofers, speakers, and more are all available to you.

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Check our our Home Theater Glossary to lookup some of the words you haven't seen before or don't fully understand. Its a great way to familiarize yourself with home theater connections and will help you make better buying and configuring decisions.
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