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HDMI & Connections

HDMI and other connections are what make your television work properly. Learn more about them and how to troubleshoot problems that might come up.

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What's the Difference Between HDMI, HDCP, and DVI?

When shopping for an HDTV, make sure it is HDCP-compliant. Learn the meaning of terms like HDMI, HDCP, and DVI to help you make the right choice.

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Looking for a Device to Capture Video? Read This

Some considerations when buying a USB video capture device, including important questions and info about usage and connections.

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What You Need to Know About Composite Video and Connections

What types of composite video connectors are in use, and how do they figure into today's home theater environment.

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How to Connect Your Digital Camcorder to a TV

Learn how to connect your digital camcorder to your television with this easy tutorial.

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Q&A About External Digital to Analog Converters

A DAC, or digital to analog converter, converts digital signals into analog signals—its accuracy determines the sound quality of the audio we hear.

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Essential Tips for Picking the Right Surge Protector for Electronics

Power surge protectors have features that are designed to keep electronic equipment safe. Know and understand which performance ratings to look for.

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Here Are the Major Differences Between DVI vs. HDMI

Not sure if you need DVI or HDMI? We investigate whether DVI is better than HDMI by comparing them on compatibility, data transfer speed, and more.

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VGA vs. HDMI: If You Know the Difference You May Decide to Upgrade

There are a lot of differences between VGA vs. HDMI. We compare the two video cable standards on video quality, sound transmission, and compatibility.

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Home Theater A/V Connections That Are Disappearing

As we move to standardize on fewer physical connectors, there are some ports we're going to leave behind. Here's what's on the way out.

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How Do You Hook Up Component Video Cables to Your TV?

Follow these clear, step-by-step instructions to connect an audio/video source to a television using component video cables.

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What Shared Composite/Component Video Connections On TVs Mean For You

Learn about composite and component video connections, the differences between them, and the future of video connection and TV.

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The DVI Video Connection: What You Need to Know

If you have an older HDTV or upscaling DVD player, you might notice a connection labeled DVI. Find out what it is and how you can use it.

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What Is HDCP and How Does It Affect My Blu-Ray Player?

Learn how HDCP works by encrypting a digital signal with a key that requires authentication from both the transmitting and receiving products.

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How to Make HDMI Work Over Long Distances

You can extend your HDMI connection distance using either Ethernet cables with an HDMI-to-Cat5, 5e, 6, 7 converter kit or by using wireless...

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Connecting Your TV to Digital Cable, DVD and VCR in 5 Easy Steps

How to hook up your TV to digital cable, DVD and VCR through a RF modulator in five easy steps

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Convert Between DVI and VGA

Sometimes it's difficult to match up the connections between your computer and an external screen. Luckily, it's easy to convert from DVI to VGA.

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Do Speaker Cables Make a Difference? Speaker Cable Tests

Using measurements to clear up your cabel controversy to ensure you have the right sizes and types to hook up all your components.

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You've Seen Them, But Do You Know What an RCA Cable Is?

An RCA or composite cable has red, white, and yellow connectors. They carry audio and video signals to home theater devices and often ship with...

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What Is S-Video (Super-Video)?

S-video (short for Super-video) is an older type of video signal transmitted in varying electrical signals over wires to represent the original video.

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Get the Rundown on What HDMI Is and How to Use It

HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) is the acknowledged connection standard used for transferring video and audio digitally from a source to...

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What Is HDMI 2.0b?

HDMI 2.0b is an audio/video standard that supports the hybrid log gamma format which is useful for 4k streaming.

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HDMI vs. Optical: Which Digital Audio Connection You Should Use

Optical cables and HDMI cables are popular methods of handling digital audio, but which should you pick? If you want clarity, and simplicity, HDMI.

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HDMI 2.0 vs 2.1: Which Connection Should You Use?

HDMI 2.0 and 2.1 sound similar, but some key differences set them apart. Find out which cable will suit your needs.

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HDMI Cable Splitters vs. HDMI Switches: What to Know

Comparing HDMI cable splitters vs. HDMI switches? Here's what to know. While they seem similar at first, these gadgets each have a specific purpose.

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Is There a Difference in HDMI Cables? Sort of, but Not Really

HDMI ports might change, but HDMI cables largely stay the same. The only real change came with HDMI 2.1, which enhanced performance.

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What Is an HDMI Switch?

Most modern devices use an HDMI cable to connect to a TV. If you have more devices than ports on your TV, an HDMI switch could be the answer.

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How to Use an HDMI Switch

An HDMI switch can connect multiple HDMI cables to one TV input, allowing you to set up more devices than you'd be able to otherwise.

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