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How To Choose The Right HDMI and Other Cables for Your Home Theater System

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The launch of high definition television sets paves the way for the introduction of High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables. HDMI cables are used to transfer data—digital audio and video signals—from one device to another—a DVD player to your HDTV set, for example. Unlike a standard A/V cable, an HDMI cable transmits uncompressed, all-digital signals, leaving you with high-quality audio and video.

If you’re planning to get an HDMI cable (or any other cable), here are some things you must know to get the right one.

HDMI cables (and cables in general) come in different specifications. Not all of them work with your home theater devices. You must take into consideration what cables work with your device. You may find this in your device’s manual, if not, you can ask the store about it. Further, there are also two types of an HDMI cable. Type A is the mainstream consumer type, which delivers both HD audio and video while Type B—although works in the same way as Type A—differs in its size of the plug, which may cause compatibility issues with your device. Type B has higher quality as it is designed for the motion picture industry.

Like other cables, HDMI cables vary in length. You can always choose a cable that best works for you in terms of length. If you need to run a long HDMI cable, you can always get one at any store. However, the length of the cable may impact its performance, as regards the transmission of data. Long cables weaken the signal. The ideal length is 10 meters. Longer than that will need you a repeater—to keep high-quality output—which can be costly and hard to find.

Because HDMI cables have gained popularity, many manufacturers have made their own “version” of the cable. HDMI-accredited companies offer cable products that are long-term tested and of high quality. There are several pirated HDMI cables you’ll find in the market today, so, be careful in picking one. Most of these cables are not only inexpensive but are of low quality as well, and may harm your devices.

Like any product line, HMDI cables vary in price. Although in many instances, high-priced goods mean high quality, there are still HDMI cables that are sold at a reasonable price without compromising quality. Just make sure that when you buy one, it’s sealed and it’s covered under warranty. The seal will tell you that the product is new and it’s tested while the warranty guarantees your satisfaction—that, you can have it replaced or fixed once it’s damaged as long as it’s covered under the terms of the warranty.

All of these will help you find the right cable for your home theater system but by spending more time searching for cables made by trusted and HDMI-certified manufacturers before buying one, you might even find the best one.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Scheduled 3D TV Model Releases for 2010 Summer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

2010 will be the year of the 3D television; the interest may seem uncertain and the costs great but there is no doubt that this is true. With a wealth of information available and several locations to test them out, the only real question that remains is “when?” Below you’ll find a list of this year’s 3D TVs and their release dates.

1. Panasonic TC-PVT25 : Panasonic’s 3D television debuted at Best Buy stores on March 10th and shortly thereafter sold out. Offered as a bundle with a compatible 3D blue ray player these TVs offer great picture, full 1080p in both eyes, access to sites like Twitter, Netflix, Pandora and FoxSports through its VIERRA CAST IPTV, SKYPE video calling, THX certification and wi-fi access.

2. Samsung 9000 Series: Samsung also released their new 3D TVs in March. Their TVs are the first LEDs to be released with the built in 3D processing unit, boast a pencil thin thickness, energy efficiency, wi-fi, 2D to 3D conversion, true 240 Hz 1080p playback, access to several apps through the Samsung app shop (this includes things like Netflix), a full color touch screen remote that allows a 2nd person to watch another channel on the remote, and comes in 46 and 55 inch models. Glasses will have to purchased separately however.

3. LG LX9500 3D TV: This model is slated for early May and comes with quite a few interesting features. With a sleek slim design (about the width of a pencil), 47 or 57 inch screen, and claims to be the first LED 3D TV and to be able to provide that 3D without the glasses. It’s also able to load 3D still shots and other items from your camera without having to convert it on a pc first.

4. Sony Bravia XBR-LX900: Sony’s 3D TV is due out in June this year. The Bravia comes with DNLA connectivity, integrated wi-fi, localized dimming, advanced protection from refracted and reflected light to prevent glare, Sony Intelligence Pr4sence Sensor (this detects if you’re still in the room and dims then shuts off the TV if you are gone for long), accessible content for the Bravia through a line to Sony’s shop, Motionflow Pro 240 Hz and Monlith Design to improve image output, and Opticontrast panel.  The Bravia comes in 40 and 60 inch screen sizes and a slim line look.

5. Vizio XVT Pro Series: These TVs already have quite the reputation for having released a solid HD television at a price that many could afford. Now this company is releasing a 3D TV in August. Their 3D TV comes with LED backlighting technology, a 480Hz refresh rate (which improves image and reduces blurring), smart dimming hardware to improve colors and the depth of blackness, built in wireless HDMI (negating the need for HDMI cables) among other options. All of which makes it an excellent option for those with a low 3D budget who still want a great TV.

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