Entertainment Technology: What to Consider Before Buying HDTV

May 6, 2020 By [email protected]_84 Off

HDTV – or, High Definition Television – is the new

generation of TV, and is capable of displaying analog

signals as well as those that are digital in nature. While

this offers a viewing experience that’s unmatched, it also

requires external hardware in order to receive the HDTV

signals in addition to the monitor. In other words, plan

on spending a lot of money. If money isn’t the issue, then

HDTV is for you. Before you run out and make a purchase,

however, there are some things that you’ll need to


Even if your TV is “HDTV-ready,” that doesn’t necessarily

mean that it will be capable of displaying the HDTV signal.

It has to be compatible, and you’ll need to make sure

that it is before you make a purchasing commitment. It

will need to be able to display the actual HDTV signal, or

it isn’t really HDTV at all. Another consideration is

whether or not the HDTV receiver is compatible with the

monitor that you’ll be using. Finally, if you’re using

cable, the whole configuration will need to be compatible

with your cable box. You may need to call your local cable

company if you’re unsure of whether or not it meets the

compatibility requirements.

While monitors are available in a wide range of sizes, the

wide screen is the most adaptable to HDTV displays. If

you’re planning on doing most of your viewing using HDTV,

then you’re going to have to make sure that the screen can

accommodate your wide screen needs. Audio needs tend to be

rather specific, as well. In fact, in order to enjoy true

HDTV surround sound, it’s recommended that you use the

Dolby H-3 Surround Sound Audio.

While most TV sets and monitors today offer a number of

ports, you’re going to need several, so opt for the set

that’s equipped with the highest number of them. Whether

they’re front or back ports doesn’t really matter, as long

as there are several that are available on the set.

Before you invest in an HDTV, there are some things that

you’ll need to research. Among these are whether or not

you’ll need to buy a special dish for your satellite

service; if special cables are needed in order to make the

necessary connections; whether or not the cabling that you

currently own is compatible with the units that you’ll be

using; what type of surge protector is recommended; and

whether or not delivery and set-up is included. In the

case of particularly large sets, such as the wide-screen

models, this is important, since you’re dealing with a unit

that will weigh hundreds of pounds. The actual set-up can

also be quite confusing, as well, so set-up would be a

real perk, if you can work that into the purchase


If the price, bulky components and many considerations that

need to be made before making a purchase don’t intimidate

you, then HDTV is well worth the time, effort and money that

you’ll need to put into it, from the time you begin the

research until the unit is finally set up in your home.

Once all is said and done, you’ll be treated to a visual

experience that’s unbeatable, by home viewing standards.