Mitsubishi's innovative Integrated Sound Projector (iSP) eliminates the need for separate audio components to provide a clutter-free home theater system. In setups where running wires and placing speakers are not easily accommodated, the new Unisen HDTVs provides a surround sound experience that cannot be matched. The iSP reproduces Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel surround sound from a single speaker cabinet positioned below the TV screen. The Unisen series is available in two different lineups -- 151 and 153 -- and several popular sizes -- 40", 46", 52". They can be purchased directly from this site, Your Electronic Warehouse. Direct & Indirect Sound Beams for 5.1 Surround Through the use of an advanced algorithm, the 16-speaker array creates a 5.1 channel sound field by delaying signals at varying intervals to each speaker. The speaker array generates distinct sound beams, those directed at the listener straight from the speakers and those bounced off nearby surfaces. The iSP utilizes walls and other surfaces as virtual speakers, reflecting the left, right and surround sound beams back to the listener. There is also a subwoofer or LFE channel as an output on the TV for easy connection to an external powered subwoofer. Fine Tuned Sound Field One of the key features of the integrated Sound Projector is its simple graphical user interface. The iSP is set up to deliver great sound right out of the box, but in a matter of minutes the user can easily enter specific room dimensions as well as the location of main listening area for optimum performance. The iSP calculates the beam angles to provide the best sound for your room environment. If you would like to further fine-tune your surround sound, the iSP provides the ability to position each channel via a test tone using the simple on-screen display as a guide. The listener adjusts the location and sound level for each of the five surround channels, as well as the output level for the sub. Picture Quality to Match Of course Mitsubishi Unisen LCD HDTVs also feature amazing picture quality. Mitsubishi's entire line-up of Premium Flat Panel TVs feature Smooth120Hz Film Motion, taking 120Hz to the next level with dejudder for film-originated content. In the conversion of film-to-video for display, 24Hz artifacts can be seen in slow panning scenes and Smooth120Hz Film Motion eliminates this artifact for smooth, crisp, fast and slow-action content. The advanced HDTVs feature 10-bit LCD panels, offer Wide Color Gamut along with Deep Color, x.v.ColorTM, 6-Color ProcessorTM, and Tru1080p processing to produce accurate, lifelike video with an almost three-dimensional feel. The picture and sound combine to create an outstanding home theater experience without the hassle of traditional home theater systems. Click the links below to explore the Mitsubishi Unisen LCD HDTVs: 151 Series LT-40151, LT-46151, LT-52151 153 Series LT-40153, LT-46153, LT-52153
The House on February 4, 2009, passed "DTV Delay Act" or "S. 352", legislation that extends the DTV transition process. The act postpones mandatory switching for TV stations and extends the converter coupon program. The bill, previously passed by the Senate, makes the official DTV transition date Friday, June 12, 2009. Keep reading for details. The "DTV Delay Act" or "S. 352" authorizes the government to issue replacement coupons to households that had previously applied for and received coupons that weren't used before they expired. The act extends the coupon program to July 31, 2009; additional funding is expected. If you don't have a converter box coupon you are urged put your name on the waiting list . We carry digital-to-analgog converter boxes and a full line of high-quality plasma , LCD , and DLP high definition televisions. Keep in mind that TV stations have the option of switching anytime between February and June. I recommend contacting your local stations to find out when they will be switching from analog to digital. Check back often for updates.
"Which one should I buy?" Trying to sort through the onslaught of technical jargon and conflicting advice usually ends with the customer making a rash decision driven by a desire to end the headaches and waiting instead of accurate and helpful information. We've already discussed the differences between resolutions (eg: 720p vs. 1080p ) and the importance of investing in HD technology (eg: digital transition in February 2009 ), but little has been said about screen size, viewing distance, or which panel technology is right for particular conditions and uses. Below you will find information to help you determine if you should buy a DLP , plasma , or LCD ; how big of a screen you should get; what the different technologies are best at doing; and how and where to position yourself/TV to maximize your HD experience.The first task is to determine what you will be doing with your HDTV . Will you be watching standard definition cable or Blu-ray movies? Will the TV be in a brightly-lit kitchen or a dark basement? Is the ceiling low or high, and is the room small or large? I have created a table to make deciding which HDTV technology is right for you. Now that you've determined what you'll be using the TV for, the viewing conditions, and addressed any personal concerns, it's time to figure out the size of the TV and the viewing distance. Keep in mind that the ranges are approximate and are intended as a guide; they work both ways: if you know your viewing distance you can pick the right size screen, or you can pick a TV and then arrange your furniture as needed, but personal preference always trumps formulas and suggestions. Remember that higher-quality content such as HD movies, satellite, and computer content allows for closer viewing, but low-quality content such as basic cable and up-scaled DVDs is best viewed from greater distances. This is because HD content has more detail and fewer artifacts, enabling closer viewing without distractions or noticing pixel structures. Here are the suggested ranges (in feet) and TV screen size (measured diagonally). Through the entire process it is crucial to keep things in perspective: many Americans spend over 4 hours a day in front of their TVs, or some 1,600+ hours per year (households watch for 8+ hrs/day), and many are integrating their computers, gaming systems, and photo viewing into the TV system. Thus, investing in a large, quality HDTV will mean an enriched media experience. And let's not forget smaller TVs for the kitchen and office and medium sized TVs for bedrooms and multi-use areas. So as content continues to rush toward full-HD and viewing time increases, it's absolutely critical to have TVs that natively display 1920 x 1080p, have multiple HDMI inputs, and have high contrast, high-color panels. Of course having an HDTV is useless without HD content, which means you must have satellite with HD channels, digital cable with HD channels, a Blu-ray or HD-DVD player, HD antenna, gaming systems such as the PS3 or Xbox 360 , a compatible computer or media device, and all the necessary cables and configurations. And let's not forget sound - we are audio beings as much as visual, so a surround sound system is necessary to complete the HD experience and immerse yourself in the content. Fortunately we have blog articles that cover all this, and we sell the HDTVs , Blu-ray players, speakers and home theater systems , and all the accessories you need to get up and running. Check out these blogs for more information: How to get the most out of your HDTV, Part I: The Basics How to get the most out of your HDTV, Part II: Connecting your HD System Warning: The Wrong HDMI Cables Will Ruin Your Home Theater Experience What's the Difference Between 1080p, 1080i, 720p and Other Resolutions? Bose® Introduces its Lifestyle® V20 and V30 Home Theater Systems
February 17, 2009 will be the day that analog TV broadcast ends and the U.S. will jump into a new digital generation. The switch to digital has already stirred some discussion and will probably be talked about more and more as we get closer to '09. I have already heard several misleading statements about digital television and what is needed in order to receive it. Hopefully this article will help you get a better understanding of what the DTV switch is, and what you will need in order to prepare for it. We might as well start off with explaining why this change is occurring and how it will benefit the United States. Broadcasting digitally is a much more efficient broadcasting method mainly because of the size and stability of the signal. Analog signals are very large and tend to take up more air space than digital signals do. Once TV starts broadcasting digitally, the analog airwaves will be more plentiful for future wireless technology innovations. Another positive of DTV is that everyone who owns a TV equipped with a digital tuner will experience a better quality picture and higher quality sound on over-the air broadcasts. Digital signals also eliminate the static and ghosting that we have had since the beginning of television which will give us a clean picture at all times. As an added benefit, people who have HDTV's with digital tuners can receive local High Definition Channels over the air for free. The third major benefit of DTV is the ability of TV stations to multi-cast their programming. Multi-casting allows stations to broadcast several different types of programming at the same time. For example: lets say your local NBC station is channel 7, with multi-casting that channel can be split into subparts 7-1, 7-2 or 7-3 with different programming available on each. This will give the viewer more options than were ever available before. Hopefully you understand the many benefits of Digital Television and how your television experience can drastically improve because of it. Now you are going to want a TV that is equipped with a Digital Tuner in order to take advantage of digital programming. So how do you know what kind of TV to get? Obviously the first thing you want to look for is a TV with a Digital (ATSC) tuner. Any TV that was manufactured after March 1, 2007 was required to have a digital tuner. So TV's that have been out for about a year or sooner are guaranteed to have a Digital Tuner. I have two more suggestions for you other than getting a TV with a digital tuner. First, get an HDTV so you can take advantage of the local High Definition channels you will get for free over-the-air. Second, get a TV that is made by a well known, reputable manufacturer like Pioneer, Sharp, Toshiba, etc. While TV's from reputable manufacturers may be priced a little higher than off-brand TV's, they will be higher quality units and usually have a better warranty. The right HDTV will give you the ultimate digital and High Def experience. I'm sure that at this point in the article there are a few of you who are nervous because you have bought a brand new TV in the last couple of years and are wondering if it will work with DTV. Don't panic just yet, there are a few methods of finding out if your TV is DTV compatible. The first and easiest way to see if your TV is DTV ready is to look at the specs in your owners manual and see if can find ATSC Tuner somewhere in the content. If your TV is equipped with an ATSC (digital) Tuner, then you will be able to pick up over-the-air digital broadcasts without a converter box. Also if you run a channel scan on your TV and you pick up stations that use two numbers like 7-1 or 10-1, you have a digital tuner because those are digital channels. Another way to find out if you have a DTV is the date it was manufactured. If you bought a TV larger than 36" that was manufactured after July 1, 2005 it will have a DTV Tuner. TV's larger than 25" had to incorporate digital tuners after March 1st, 2006. If you subscribe to a cable or satellite provider you probably won't be effected by the switch because most cable or satellite signals are digital signals converted to analog. You can still receive over-the-air broadcasts on TVs without digital tuners after the DTV switch but you will need to purchase a set top converter box that will convert the digital signal back analog. However, if you use a set top box you won't be able to notice any difference in picture or sound quality as you would with a TV that has a digital tuner. The converter boxes are estimated to run anywhere from $50 to $75 and are available online and at local retail stores. The government is issuing $40 coupons that people can apply for to help cover the cost of a DTV converter box. There are a few different ways to apply for a Government DTV Coupon. You can call 1-888-388-2009 and apply for a coupon or register for one on the Government's DTV Website (follow the link to go there). You can also download a copy of the application from their site and fax it to them. I don't believe that people should be overly concerned with the switch because receiving DTV is very simple, either get a TV with a digital tuner, buy a converter box or subscribe to a cable or satellite provider. Just remember that you won't get the full effect of DTV without a Digital ready television. Some stations in the U.S. are broadcasting digitally already so if you have a TV with a digital tuner run a channel scan and see if you can pick them up, you can usually pick up a few free local HD channels as well. February 17th, 2009 is less than a year away and will be here before you know it so don't put off getting your new Digital Ready TV or Converter Box.
High quality HDMI vs. Cheap HDMI is always one of my favorite debates just because I like hearing some of the ridiculous things people come up with. If you go into any forum that discusses this topic it will be filled with people who are trying to convince everyone to buy the cheapest HDMI cable they can find because all HDMI cables are the same. This statement could not be further from the truth. High quality cables will give you better results and are going to become more and more important as technology advances. Lets first look at this argument from a logical sense. You have just bought a brand new 50 inch 1080p HDTV, a Blu-Ray Disc player and have topped it off with a surround sound system. So you have spent at least $5000 probably more around $10000, that's a big investment. Now you just spent all that money on top-of-the-line home theater equipment and are going to connect it all with $5 HDMI Cables? I would compare that to buying salvaged engine parts for a Ferrari. What a lot of people don't understand is that a quality HDMI cable could make the difference between an average picture and a great one. Signal Quality The most common argument in favor of cheap HDMI cables is that a digital signal is a digital signal and no matter what it is run through, it will either work or it won't. While there is some truth to this statement it can be very misleading. Yes a digital signal is a digital signal and a high quality HDMI cable will not transform it into some super digital signal. What you should be concerned about with a cheap HDMI cable is the digital signal arriving at its destination intact. The ability to deliver the digital signal intact is the main difference between a high quality HDMI cable and a cheap one. HDMI cables have no way of telling if there is a problem with the signal, this means that if there are errors in the signal you will be able to see them on your TV. This problem is most apparent in longer lengths of HDMI cable. Digital signals are harder to keep intact when they travel over greater distances. A high quality HDMI cable like a Monster HDMI Cable is made to keep the digital signal from degrading over longer lengths. Though this problem is less of a factor at shorter lengths (like 3 feet) because the data doesn't have to travel very far, a lot of people say that any HDMI cable will do. Again only some parts of this statement are true, there may not be as many errors but that doesn't mean that there won't be any at all. A quality HDMI cable will assure you that you are always getting the best picture possible at any distance. In-Wall Installation If you are going to be running an HDMI cable through a wall or any other surface it is very important that you get an HDMI cable that can handle that kind of abuse. Cheap HDMI cables are not made for in-wall installations and can easily be damaged during installation. This can happen several different ways. They can be cut when being pulled through the wall, the connector can be separated if too much pressure is applied or it could be damaged by the elements once installed. Make sure you get an HDMI cable that was built to endure this kind of abuse. Monster M-Series HDMI cables are the ultimate cable for in-wall installation and performance. Not only are they able to handle the highest amount of bandwidth possible, they have heavy duty molded strain relief conductors for reduced wear and tear. They also have Duraflex protective jackets that protect them from damage and extreme temperatures. Don't go cheap when you are doing in-wall installations with HDMI, it could end up costing you a lot of wasted time and money. Future Proofing This is something that is almost completely overlooked by most electronics consumers. We all know that technology these days improves at a rapid rate, the Blu-Rays and HD Cable Boxes of today will probably be outdated in the near future. In a few years newer high definition technology with higher resolutions that call for more bandwidth will be the norm. So your HDMI cable that works on todays technology might not work on tomorrow's. Cheaper HDMI cables will start to get pushed out in the future since they are only made to handle the low bandwidth of today's digital signals. It would not be much fun to wire an in-wall HDMI cable now and have to replace it every couple of years because of technology change. You might as well get an HDMI cable that is going to work throughout the years. Some of Monster's HDMI cables are guaranteed for life which means that they will be able to pass any bandwidth over HDMI both now and in the future. HDMI is a great tool to utilize and can really maximize your home theater experience. Can you get by going the "cheap" route? In some cases you can, but there are a lot of factors you should consider before doing so. My suggestion is to get HDMI cables that will assure you the best possible picture both now and in the future. Don't sell your home theater system or HDTV short by going the cheap route. It may save you some money now, but it could wind up costing you in the future.
Now that you know what components and connections to use for your High Definition System you need to know how to properly connect everything to your home theater system . This is a very crucial part of the process because a wrong connection can cause you a problem that you may mistake as a flaw in the component itself. Connecting HD components to a TV or home theater system is not as complicated as many people think. Inputs can look intimidating but are actually very easy to figure out once you know what they are used for. There are so many different options you can choose in order to connect HD components and I obviously can't go over all of them, that would take forever. To make things easier I will go over the most commonly used approach which is through a home theater system consisting of a TV , Receiver and whatever components you are connecting to the receiver. If you are hooking components straight into your TV without a home theater system simply cut out the steps that involve the receiver and go straight to the TV. Set Up Your Home Theater System First Before you start connecting all of your components to your receiver or TV, make sure you have the basics down first. Set up all your speakers in the position you want them, connect them to the receiver , make sure your TV is plugged in and get all your components arranged in your cabinet or stand and plug them all in. Make sure again that all of your components and cables are the correct ones for your system. Once you have the basics down everything from here on out should be fairly easy. Connect your Receiver to Your TV Connect your HDMI Cables and/or Component Video Cables from the HDMI and Component Video Outputs on your Reciever to the proper Inputs on your TV. This is very important, the signal must be passed from your component to the receiver and then to the TV or you won't have a picture. Connecting with HDMI This is probably the easiest connection you will ever have to make since it only involves one cable. There are many different components that are HDMI compatible: Blu-Ray Disc Players , HD DVD Players, DVD Players and Cable/Sattelite Boxes just to name a few. An HDMI connection requires a single plug-in from your component to your receiver or TV. If you are hooking up a Blu-Ray Disc Player or similar component, simply connect the HDMI cable from the output on your Blu-Ray to one of the HDMI inputs on your receiver. If you are connecting a high definition cable box/satellite receiver you will need to connect your cable wire from the wall to the input jack on your cable/satellite box, then connect the HDMI cable from the output on your cable/satellite box to an HDMI input on your TV or receiver. The TV or Receiver will usually have an HDMI input designated for Cable/Satellite use. Connecting with HDMI is quite a simple process and should work no problem considering you connected your receiver to your TV like I talked about in the step above. Don't celebrate just yet though, you might not be totally done. Most components and some receivers require you to go to the systems menu and change the connection type manually to a component video or HDMI connection depending on what it is connected with. Make sure that you check to see if your components require you to do this. If you don't you may see a picture in a purple hazy color or no picture at all until you change the settings. Connecting with Component Video Although there are a few more connections you have to make, component video is not very hard to connect. Lets say you decide to connect your cable/satellite box and an Up-Conversion DVD player with component video. The cable/satellite box will be almost the same as the HDMI setup but with a few more connections. First connect the Component Video cable from your cable/satellite box to your receiver (make sure you match up the red, green and blue cables with the proper inputs). Then make sure that you also make an audio connection. Hopefully you inspected your cable/satellite box to see what kinds of audio connections that it has. If you have a digital audio connection I suggest using a Fiber Optic Cable or a Digital Coax Cable because they carry a cleaner digital signal, but if they aren't available Analog Audio works just fine. You only have to make one connection with audio cables, which means you dont have to go from the receiver to the TV with audio. A Few Things To Remember If you don't get a picture right away don't panic, you may have to manually switch your component to the video mode you want it in like Component or HDMI. Consult your owners manual. Not everything will be broadcast in HD, there are certain channels that your cable or satellite service will provide in High Definition but the rest will just be standard. You need a High Definition Cable/Satellite box to receive a high definition signal, regular digital cable will not broadcast high def. You should now be ready to enjoy your High Definition Home Entertainment System. High Definition will give you a viewing experience like no other if you set it up correctly. If you have purchased any components or cables from us, our technical support team will be glad to assist you in your installation free of charge, call them at 1-866-224-6171.
The Bose Corporation has unveiled their brand new home theater systems the Bose Lifestyle® V20 and Lifestyle® V30 . Bose created the new Lifestyle® systems for consumers with existing DVD players other components like: Blu Ray or HD-DVD Players, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, HD Cable/Satellite boxes and iPod Docks. The Lifestyle® V20 and V30 share most of the same features as the Lifestyle® 48, 38, 35 and 28 systems with a few major upgrades. Inputs One of the biggest changes from the traditional Lifestyle® Systems is the addition of two HDMI inputs that are able to accept a full 1080p High Definition signal. The Lifestyle® V20 and V30 have a total of 4 total video inputs all with the option of using Composite Video , S-Video and Component Video along with the two that can use HDMI . With this setup, users will have the option of viewing High Definition on all four video inputs (if component and HDMI are used in each). Bose has also included 5 audio inputs all with the ability to use Analog Audio and Fiber Optic Audio , with one input that can use a Digital Coaxial connection. The additions of HDMI and more fiber optic inputs will give users the ability to maximize their home theater experience with extremely sharp 5.1 digital surround sound and High Definition Video. Appearance The appearance of the Bose Lifestyle® V20 and V30 are significantly different from the original Lifestyle® systems as well. The media console is very sleek and much smaller than the typical bulky home theater receiver. It is also able to be hidden away due to the addition of an elegant Digital Display Panel. The Digital Display Panel is 3 inches high and just under 9 inches wide which allows the user to set it on a shelf or on top of an Entertainment Cabinet. The tiny display allows you to store the rest of your home theater system and its components out of sight because the remote control works through the display not the media console itself. The way Bose has set up the actual display on the display panel is very similar to the way you see it on current Lifestyle® models. One Button Simplicity The Lifestyle® V20 and V30 systems act as more traditional receivers because they have both audio and now video inputs on the back panel. This gives the V20 and V30 the ability to control both video and audio inputs as one unit with a single remote control. Once you have your other components programed into your Lifestyle® Remote, all it takes is the touch of a button to get the right video and audio sources to play together. This eliminates the need to use several remotes or to change the TV input to match your audio source. Video Upscaling This is another great feature of the V20 and V30 Home Theater Systems. The Lifestyle® V20 and V30 will also upscale the video quality of your components to the highest resolution that your TV can display, all the way up to 1080p. This feature will drastically improve the users viewing experience. Vintage Bose Bose still utilizes many of its patented technologies in the new V20 and V30 Home Theater Systems. Here are some of the well known Bose technologies and electronics devices that they have incorporated: AdaptIQ BoseLink Jewell Cube Speakers (Lifestyle V30) Direct Reflecting Speakers (Lifestyle V20) Acoustimass Module AM/FM Stereo TV Power Sensor One Year Limited Warranty The Bose Lifestyle® V30 and V20 systems give the consumer a user friendly, customizable home theater system with amazing theater quality sound and picture. You can enjoy a complete high definition experience that is second to none and not have to worry about how it looks in the room because it can be stored out of sight. Bose really hit one out of the park on this one, this system has all the capabilities of a high-end receiver but can automatically maximize the picture and sound by itself giving you one incredible home theater experience.
Remember the days when the only connections available on TV's were stereo audio and composite video (the red, white and yellow inputs) and it only took about a minute to hook up components? Well those days are over and things have gotten a little more complex. For those of you who have never owned a high def or flat panel TV , you might be a little intimidated by the back panel the first time you look at it. High Definition TV's these days can have over 10 inputs with many different kinds of connections available. A person who isn't used to dealing with home theater systems will probably have no clue what to do with them or what they are even for, and even some tech savvy people might get confused. The cable guy isn't necessarily your best option either. Some know exactly what their doing while others could take the easy way out just to get the job done. Hopefully I can explain what these inputs are used for and which cables you should consider when connecting components to your new HDTV in order to get the best possible picture and sound. There are a lot of people out there who think that anything connected to a High Definition Television will play in High Definition. This couldn't be farther from the truth, just because your TV can show an HD picture doesn't mean that it will. Now don't go throwing your new TV in the trash-because the TV is not the problem. Before you spend a lot of money on components for your TV you need to make sure that they are able to produce a High Definition signal. You also need to make sure that any components you currently own are capable of handling High Definition if you are planning to use them for High Definition viewing. Older components like VCR's will not handle HD because the technology was not available when they were produced. Having the wrong components can cause you a lot of wasted time and frustration in the HD process. A component is probably HD compatible if somewhere on the box it says: HD Compatible HDMI Capable of 720p, 1080i or 1080p Resolutions SimplayHD The next thing to keep in mind is that not all high definition televisions are created equal. You need to look at the specifications of an HDTV before you buy it. Some HDTV's can not accept every High Definition resolution available. If the TV you are buying only has a native resolution of 720p, you may not get to see images in 1080i and won't see them in 1080p because the TV simply can't do it. If I were in the market for a new HDTV, I would buy one that gave me the option of using every connection and resolution available for High Definition so I could use it in any way I wanted. This is a big investment, don't sell yourself short by getting a cheaper TV that limits your options. High Definition Connections Probably one of the most overlooked parts of the HD process is the connections. You need to have the right cables in order to pass a High Definition signal from one component to the next. There are 3 types of video cable that will carry a high definition signal: Component Video Cables (720p/1080i) HDMI to DVI Cables (720p/1080i) HDMI Cables (720p/1080i/1080p) These are the only three cables that will give you a high definition signal! To figure out which ones you can use for your system, you need to check what connections are available on both your HDTV and your components. For example Blu-Ray Disc or HD DVD players require HDMI cables for full 1080p but also have component connections, regular DVD players can come with both component video connections, HDMI connections or both. A few more things to consider before making expensive High Definition purchases The Right Connections - Be sure that the home theater receiver, HDTV and components you are connecting have the connections that you need for High Definition. After you are sure of your connections, get the cables that are compatible with them. Number of HD Connections - Make sure that you know how many High Definition connections your TV and/or receiver have. Most HDTV's and receivers have only two HDMI inputs. If you only have 2 HDMI inputs, pick which two devices you want to run on HDMI and use Component Video for the rest. Look for the SimplayHD Logo - When looking for High Def components, we suggest looking for products that contain the Simplay HD logo on them. This assures you that the product is compatible with all fromats of HDMI and has been regulated by Simplay Labs the leader in HD testing. Monster HDMI cables and Yamaha Receivers are examples of Simplay HD certified products. Get Enough Cables - If you are going to run components from a home theater receiver to your HDTV, make sure you get an extra HDMI and/or Component Video Cable for the receiver's output to the TV. Example: If you are hooking up a Blu-Ray Disc Player and a High Def cable box with HDMI, you will need 3 HDMI cables. One for the Blu-Ray to the receiver, one for the cable box to the receiver and one for the receivers output to the HDTV. Keep it in the Family - Consider buying the same kinds of cable. Example: don't buy one expensive HDMI cable for the cable box to the receiver and one cheap one from the receiver to the TV. This is not a must but can help save you from compatibility problems. Don't Forget About Sound - If you are going with component video or HDMI to DVI cables you will also need audio cables to get sound. HDMI cables carry both video and audio in one cable. NOTE: Some receivers will not repeat the audio signal through HDMI, if you are getting no sound but are getting a picture this is probably the case . We suggest using a fiber optic audio or digital coaxial connection if available, but analog audio will work just fine if not, it just won't be as good as a digital connection. This is a lot to take in but if you do your research and plan out exactly what you will need, this whole process will be a lot easier. If you have any questions or want suggestions from us, post a reply to this article and we will try to answer your questions as best we can. Part II of this article will involve the actual connection of your High Definition components to your home theater system and which connections will maximize your HD experience.
When you look on the packaging of an HDMI cable, you'll see lots of specifications and statements explaining why that particular model is the best HDMI cable for you. Almost every HDMI cable on the market makes the claim that it has 1080p compatability, has a 4.46 Gigabits Per Second transfer or is HDMI 1.3 compatible. These are all hot buzz words in the HDMI world. But we can't judge the quality of HDMI cables on statements and claims alone. Since the data carried by HDMI cables is digital, it can be tested and allows us to truly see how good an HDMI cable is. The easiest and best way to judge the quality of an HDMI cable is to run it through the Eye Pattern Test. Eye Pattern Test for HDMI Cables The Eye Pattern Test uses two pieces of expensive machinery that measure electrical parameters like attenuation, impedance, crosstalk and EM/RF Interference. The Eye Pattern Test Machinery works together by generating a digital signal then reading the data and showing on-screen results of how well the HDMI cable performed. The way to tell if an HDMI cable passes the Eye Pattern Test is to see if the digital wave carried by the cable crosses into a small hexagon shaped eye (or mask) in the middle of the screen. The eye represents how much space separates the 1's and 0's in the digital signal to ensure they don't cross. The more space around the eye the better the signal and a less chance that the 1's and 0's in the signal have of getting mixed together. When there isn't any space in the eye of the signal errors can occur due to the fact that the display (TV) can't determine whether it's reading a 1 or a 0. These errors then become visible in your TV picture in the form of color misrepresentation, digitization of the picture and in extreme cases no picture at all. Monster HDMI Cable Eye Pattern Test Result The Eye Pattern Test is the scientific proof that Monster HDMI cables are far superior to any HDMI cable on the market. When Monster HDMI cables are put through the Eye Pattern Test, they show a very symmetrical digital signal with ample room around the eye which gives very small room for error. The screen shots in the picture above show the results of a Monster HDMI cable compared to a Generic HDMI cable that can be found in the box of an HD Satellite or Blu-Ray Disc player. Monster also tests their cables at bandwidth speeds that go beyond the 1080p signals of today to ensure that they will work with future technology. Many other manufacturers only test their cables at the 720p/1080i spec that have much slower data rates. This results in some HDMI cables not being able to transfer a 1080p signal. The Consequences of Going the Cheap Route Not all HDMI cables are created equally although many people will say otherwise. Just because HDMI cables all carry digital signals made up of 1's and 0's doesn't mean they will all produce a high quality picture! Cheaper cables are not as carefully constructed and typically don't have enough shielding to reject outside interference. Poorly constructed ends are another contributor in degrading the digital signal. Signal degradation will show up as streaks across the screen, unsynced audio and video, snow, dropped pixels or even total picture drop. A cheap cable is going to get the signal from point A to point B, but the real question is whether the signal at point B can be recognized. Cables without shielding have a much greater problem with signal interference, especially over long distances. High signal interference will make 1's and 0's indecipherable at the display end. Differences in the quality of the HDMI cables are not going to be nearly as noticeable when watching a standard DVD (480p). But once you get into higher resolutions (720p/1080i and higher) the signal degradation gets more noticeable even to the untrained consumer's eye. Length Makes a Difference Another important factor in HDMI signal quality is length. Keep in mind that the same cable that passes the eye pattern test at a 3 foot length might not pass at a 10 foot length. A poorly constructed cable will not be able to hold to the proper impedance rating necessary to run over longer lengths which cause errors in the picture. This occurs when the conductors in the cable are twisted. Monster Cable uses a very tight DoubleHelix construction that allows for a greater bandwidth over longer runs of HDMI. The Eye Pattern Test proves that a cheap, knockoff HDMI cable is not as good as a Monster HDMI cable. Monster HDMI cables are the best investment in the HDMI market today because they give you longevity, extreme durability and unequaled performance. Monster tests their cables under the most rigorous conditions to make sure that their HDMI cables will give you the best possible results regardless of what component they are connected to. Actual Eye Pattern Test with Noel Lee, The Head Monster
Monster Cable is once again revolutionizing the HDMI experience by offering different HDMI cables for different High Definition speeds. How will this help High Definition owners you might ask? The new HDMI cables from Monster (Monster Cable 500HD, Monster Cable 700HD and Monster Cable 1000HD) give you the exact speed needed for different High Def capable products like TV's, Cable/Satellite Receivers or DVD players. The great thing about these cables is that you know for a fact that you aren't getting any less or any more performance than you need for the components you have. This isn't just Monster making their own claims, Simplay Labs, the leader in HDMI Testing, has speed certified each one of these cables. The new HDMI cables are designed to work with the different levels of HDMI offered by the electronics equipment of both today and tomorrow. Standard Speed HDMI Cables - Progressive Scan video from components like progressive scan DVD players, first generation HDTV's and Cable/Satellite Receivers. The Monster Cable 500HD HDMI cable is set to handle standard speed (720p-1080i) equipment like the ones mentioned above. This cable will give you the best picture for the lowest price available. High Speed HDMI Cables - New generation DVD players, HDTV's and Cable/Satellite Receivers. The Monster Cable 700HD HDMI cable is the right one for any of these components and can handle a 1080p signal. This cable is meant to handle a signal that carries high speed signals that give off immersive sound and vivid color. Ultra High Speed HDMI Cables - Advanced projectors, larger HDTVs and high definition AV sources. These components require the fastest High Definition Signal to operate correctly. The Monster Cable 1000HD HDMI Cable is the cable that should be used for next generation HD equipment. Live Forever - Full Lifetime Warranty - Not only do Monster's new cables match up with the correct speed, they also come with the Monster Live for Ever full lifetime warranty which is definitely the best warranty in the business. Monster is offering this warranty because they have the confidence that their cables will not wear down or break no matter how much they are used. They are also able to hold up when run through walls or floors, places where normal HDMI cables may not last as long. Monster continues to be the industry leader in performance cables that allow our electronics equipment to maximize their potential. Their new set of HDMI cables offer a solution for every HD enthusiast whether you have a basic High Def home theater system or the best money can buy. These HDMI cables offer a completely customizable HD experience that you can't get from any other brand. The Monster 500HD, Monster 700HD and Monster 1000HD are now available for pre-order and should ship approximately the first week of September 2007.