Home Theater Video

Written by Serena Berger
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For many people, their television constitutes the single largest investment in a home theater system. While it is not unequivocally the case that bigger is always better, for many people, space and budget are the only constraints on how large they will go. Regardless of your criteria for what constitutes the best TV, there are other necessary components which will determine the quality of performance your television gives.

Home Theater Video Connections

You will certainly want to connect your DVD player to your television using the best available video connection. The best connection for home theater video is the component connection, followed by S-Video and then composite cables. You should keep this in mind when purchasing your television, because component cables will be of no use if your television only has composite connections.

For live television, the type of signal that you receive from your cable or satellite provider is the upper limit on the video quality of your home theater system. An analog signal will not be as crisp or vivid as a digital signal. If you want to take full advantage of a digital signal or HD programming, you have to use component video cables. Anything less will compromise the signal--and though it may be better than the video quality delivered from an analog signal, it will not be the best it could be.

Because home theater systems include several components, it is common for televisions to include several inputs. Many models will have multiple component inputs for high quality signals. These can come from DVD players, DVRs, or digital cable or satellite feeds. If, however, you are on a budget, you can make use of composite connections for all of your home theater components.

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