The Home Theater Experience

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Choosing the Connection

Once you've chosen your TV or projector and DVD player, it's time to set them up to create your home theater. TVs and projectors connect to DVD players in essentially the same way.

Most DVD players offer a variety of different connector ports--by names such as composite, component, S-Video, and sometimes DVI. You only need to choose one connector port to attach to your TV or projector for video--for instance, the S-Video port, the component port, or the DVI port. DVD players offer you all these port options because the manufacturers are not sure what kind of TV you'll have (it could be a 10-year-old model, after all), so the players cover their bases by giving you every possible option.

Not all connectors are created equally. If your DVD player and TV or projector have a DVI connector, you should use that. DVI keeps the DVD's video signal in an all-digital format as it moves to your TV or projector, instead of converting it into analog and arguably losing a little image quality along the way. If you lack DVI, use your DVD player's component connectors to connect it to your TV or projector. If those connectors aren't available, use S-Video. As a last resort, you can rely on the composite connection, although it will not provide as good a picture.

Keep in mind that each connector requires a corresponding kind of cable (you can't use an S-Video cable to connect to a DVI port), so you'll have to make sure you have the appropriate cables for the job. You can buy any kind of cable from most consumer electronics stores, and prices vary, depending on the quality of cable. High-quality cables can cost some money: For example, the highest-quality component cables will cost $100 or more.

The Hookup

To make a connection, just attach one end of the cable to any corresponding connector ports labeled "video out" on the DVD player, and connect the other end to the corresponding port labeled "video in" on your TV or projector (so the video signal goes out of your DVD player, and into your TV). Put a movie in your DVD player, and with your TV turned on, use the remote control's TV/video button to switch through its different video inputs until you see your movie on screen (if your remote doesn't have this button, check the manual for an equivalent button).

At a Glance
  • Sony WEGA KF-42WE610 42'' LCD Projection TV

  • V Inc Bravo D2 DVD Player

  • Samsung TX-P2675WH 26

  • Philips 30PW8402

  • Sony WEGA KE32TS2 32'' Plasma TV

  • Fujitsu P63XHA30WS

  • Panasonic PT-47X54 47

  • JVC AV-65WP94

  • Panasonic PT-AE500U Projector

  • Sony Cineza VPL-HS10 LCD Projector

  • iVision HD Projector

  • Denon DVD-1200 DVD Player

  • Samsung DVD-HD841 DVD Player

  • Onkyo LS-V955 Home Theater

  • JVC TH-M55 Home Theater

  • Panasonic SC-HT700 Home Theater

  • Sharp AQUOS LC-37HV4U 37'' LCD TV

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