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My First HDTV

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1st November 2005 19:49  #1

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
My First HDTV
So I got a 1080i Samsung 30 inch yeasterday. I had to, Episode 3 was coming out. So I just wanted to know if anyone had reccomendations on what i should get for component cables and the sort. Actually anything else i should know would be appreciated as well.

2nd November 2005 2:00  #2

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Go to an electronics store and buy the cables and connectors yourself and make them - For around $30 you can have a cable that is worth $150 or more just by doing this....

Disregaring that, what is your budget?

2nd November 2005 7:58  #3

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
id like to keep it under 100 american

2nd November 2005 12:42  #4

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Congrats with the TV, Rob.

2nd November 2005 14:08  #5

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Although I'll prob get hosed by the others for this, since your TV is a mere 30 inches, get yourself some regular component cables and don't worry about the hugely expensive ones. You won't see a huge difference on a TV of that size.

Besides, DVI or HDMI is the best way to go now anyhow. Audio is a different story however.

2nd November 2005 15:47  #6

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Quote: Originally posted by Worst Nightmare
Go to an electronics store and buy the cables and connectors yourself and make them - For around $30 you can have a cable that is worth $150 or more just by doing this....


I'd really only recommend this if you know what you are doing; otherwise, you could be quite displeased with the TV when it is really your homemade cables that are the problem.

I agree with someone further down the page.  At 30", you may not be able to tell a significant difference between the components and S-video.

When I got my HD cable box, the cable company gave me a free 12 foot component cable.  Are you planning on getting HD cable?  If so, you may want to wait on buying cables and use the one they will give you and an S-video and see if there is a noticeable enough difference to warrant buying the expensive cables.

2nd November 2005 17:39  #7

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
Has HD come out in the UK yet?

2nd November 2005 18:19  #8

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by floyd dylan
Has HD come out in the UK yet?


Wouldn't you be better equipped to answer that then us? Confused hehehe

3rd November 2005 6:58  #9

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
Well there are people in the UK who uses this site other than yours.

3rd November 2005 7:18  #10

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Quote: Originally posted by Jonny "Me You"
Although I'll prob get hosed by the others for this, since your TV is a mere 30 inches, get yourself some regular component cables and don't worry about the hugely expensive ones. You won't see a huge difference on a TV of that size.

Besides, DVI or HDMI is the best way to go now anyhow. Audio is a different story however.


I honestly would definatly fo with HDMI but i doubt my DVD player is compatible with such a contraption.

And yeah I know 30 isnt that big, but for a widescreen the price was right.

3rd November 2005 12:37  #11

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
I must agree with Adrian, Rob. I am actually an electronics technician and I can do these things blind folded. The main problem I have seen with cheap cabes mainly is the quality of the sheilding where it has been too thin and it has been subject to interference that shows up on the screen.

Another thing to look into is the quality of the source material and the player (for external video) or the set top box (unless it has one built in).

3rd November 2005 14:36  #12

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
I honestly would definatly fo with HDMI but i doubt my DVD player is compatible with such a contraption.


It won't, not unless it was bought in a home theater specialty store for a lot of money Wink

My point being, on a tv that size a regular component connection will probably do fine. Although, if you want to get a blu-ray or HD-DVD player in the future, you MUST have HDMI. Otherwise you won't be able to watch the movies in HD. I don't know what that will mean for owners like you who don't have it.

If I didn't need to buy a new computer to replace this aging beast, it would prob be me getting the new home theater equipment.

4th November 2005 0:48  #13

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
oh no, the tv has HDMI, its the player that doesnt

18th November 2005 22:26  #14

Spock Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 25
I'd like to recommend "Monster" cables.  I have two Sammy HD sets and they are both wired via Monster and the images are breathtaking!

I spent roughly $70 US on each set of cables so that fits nicely in your price bracket I should think!

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