To get High Definition content, and connect up your TV, home entertainment and media kit, you’ll need to use the right connections.
If you want to enjoy High Definition pictures using devices such as a Blu-ray Player or Sky+ HD Box on your 1080p TV screen, then you will need to connect them together using an HDMI cable. HDMI cables are great because they carry High Definition digital picture and sound signals at super fast speeds. The more HDMI connections a TV has, the more items you can hook up together.
It’s worth noting that you really do get what you pay for with cables. The better the quality, the better the picture and sound. With a HDMI cable you’re unlikely to need any of the other cables listed below.
Watch our video to find out more about HDMI.
Not all HDMI cables are equal – some transmit faster than others and the faster your cable. In other words, the more Gbps (Giga bites per second), the better your picture.
Monster Cable’s range of blisteringly fast HDMI cables is designed to help you get the best possible performance from your 1080p TV. As a general rule, higher bandwidth cables transmit more data, which means a sharper, clearer picture. The exact cable you need depends on your particular home entertainment set up.
SCART and component
Some TVs also allow non-HD compliant devices to be connected, such as component leads for DVD players, or SCART leads for video, so you can continue to use older equipment.
If you want to connect to a home cinema system and support Dolby Digital Sound 5.1, or you have a Sky box and want to get the option 5.1 sound, you’ll need one of these.
If you’re a PC gamer or simply want a bigger computer monitor, you’ll want to look out for a TV with PC inputs.
Now you know what to look out for, browse our range of TV cables online, or talk to our experts at your nearest Comet store to choose the one that’s right for you.
TVs can now offer us more than just a great picture and sound on our favourite programmes. As we get savvier with new technologies and demand more for our money, technology has picked up the pace to give us greater connectivity.
From accessing your laptop network via a Wi-Fi connection, you can now wirelessly stream all your music, video or photos from the comfort of your armchair. Great for playing all your favourite tunes when you have a party, or for showing your friends and family the photos from your latest holiday.
To access your computer through media streaming, don’t forget you’ll need something that allows you to use Wi-Fi in your front room. This can usually be done if you have Wi-Fi on your home computer and it’s all set up and ready to go. You’ll also need a TV with built-in Wi-Fi, or one that is wi-fi Ready and can be hooked up via a dongle, or plug in USB stick.
An even easier and quicker option found on most new TVs, is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), which translates the way your computer network and your TV talk to each other.
What’s even more exciting in the world of media streaming is the link to internet apps via the remote control. Keeping you connected to your favourite websites such as BBC iPlayer, ITV player, 40D, LoveFilm, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has never been easier, or more comfortable.
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