I'm totally ignorant about HDTV, so please don't laugh. Or what the heck . . . laugh away, but please answer if you can.<br><br>First, we're thinking of getting an HDTV, but at this point don't have an HD cable connection--we're waiting till we get a TV. Anyway, while we still have the plain old non-digital cable connection, can we hood up the HDTV to the cable?<br><br>Second, we're hoping to get a TV with HDMI ports. Our amplifier, however, doesn't have an HDMI port. Can we connect the amplifier to the digital cable system anyway? What kind of port should we look for?<br><br>Third, neither our VCR nor our DVD players have HDMI ports. Can they be connected to the TV using another port? Eventually I guess we'll get an upconverter DVD player, but the VCR is the VCR.<br><br>I don't know enough to ask any other questions, so if my ignorance is showing in that direction, tell me what I should ask!<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>we still have the plain old non-digital cable connection, can we hood up the HDTV to the cable?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yes, it just won't be a high-definition picture.<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Can we connect the amplifier to the digital cable system anyway? What kind of port should we look for?<p><hr></blockquote><p>I don't know about your cable box but I can, I use the red and white audio out ports. <br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Third, neither our VCR nor our DVD players have HDMI ports. Can they be connected to the TV using another port?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Should be plenty of ports in the back of that TV to hook up almost any kind of audio/video component.<br>Here is the back of a HDTV. It may not necessarily be typical however.<br>Contrary to how I may sound I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. <br><br> <br> <br><br><br><br>
He may not be an expert but he is right. Since the hdtv cable is only a few bucks more a month why don't you get that right after? You will not believe the difference watching an HD channel.<br><br>The next thing I would upgrade is the CD player to an interlaced player. It doubles the lines being output to the HDTV. It isn't HD but it's pretty good and they are cheap. We got one quite a while ago which loads seven CD's for not that many dollars. <br><br>The VCR you cannot throw away because there will always be that one tape you need to watch. You can buy a new VCR player with 32 heads and quad 5,97 hike hike sound for 48 dollars. <br><br><br><br><br><br>
http://www.highdefforum.com/<br><br>This is a forum you'll want to spend some time browsing through before you buy.<br>Many of the 'sticky' posts beginning each forum have a wealth of info.<br><br><br>You can buy a Sony VCR/DVD combo player with HDMI for $120. You'll also want to buy a TV that, if possible, has two HDMI ports. Otherwise you'll need to buy a hub to handle the HDMI from the cable box, amp and DVD/VCR. Many of the cable boxes have only a DVI port, so you need to get the adapter or hub to accommodate that.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the link, Gary. I'll do some browsing when I have a chance.<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
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Wow, you guys actually get charged *extra* for HDTV?<br><br>With Cablevision down here in CT, all you need to do to get HD is swap out your cable box.<br><br>I'm usually a big gadgethead, but I'm holding out as long as I can until I make the switch. I've only been impressed by a handful of TVs, and sitting with my uncle and his 52" HD set for a weekend didn't do much to impress me any further. <br><br>Yes, the HD channels look awesome. But, there's only about a dozen of em' and it's not like I can watch overhead shots of the Grand Canyon or raindrops slide off the tops of palm trees in the Amazon for hours on end...<br><br>Two things have to happen before I make this move - prices of the TVs have to come down as they did with LCD computer monitors, and there's just got to be more HD channels. <br><br>I also want my entire basic lineup in digital format so *everything* looks good on the set, not just the HD or digital channels. On many newer HDTV's, analog channels looks worse than they do on my ten-year-old 27" Sony...<br><br>
Warner Cable was only $3/mo more to switch to the digital cable box.<br><br><br>The major networks all broadcast their primetime shows in HD. It makes a huge difference. If you saw an episode of 24 or Lost in HDTV, a World Series game or even David Letterman, then you'ld appreciate the difference.<br><br>The best use of the larger flat panel TVs is for viewing DVDs. HDMI components keep the signal purely digital. Normal 720 DVDs are upconverted to 1080. The quality is really incredible.<br><br>I enjoy watching movies at home now more than I do in the theaters. Better picture and better sound.<br><br><br><br>
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