Hooking Up a New TV: Guide to Which Wire Goes Where.


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From the New York Times:
Looking at the back of a modern television is like looking at a map of Eastern Europe in the mid-’90s — it’s always in flux. New connectors pop up, rendering older jacks obsolete. But since plenty of devices could be adapted to work with the older inputs, those features have to stick around for a while. The new ones can be baffling, if only because many do the same things as the old connectors. Here’s a map to navigating which cables go where.
The whole guide is here: Hooking Up a New TV: Which Wire Goes Where? - Graphic - NYTimes.com

My favorite blurb is here:
9. Antenna In
Also known as a coaxial cable connection. This threaded connection is used to attach an external antenna (to receive over-the-air broadcast signals) or, sometimes, a cable set-top box. Modern set-top boxes usually have HDMI or component connections for a higher-quality connection between devices, so it is unlikely you would use this port.
That is unless your into saving $70+ a month and getting better picture quality than what you get from your pay-TV provider. Maybe the "antenna in" connector should have it's name changed to the "instant savings" connector. ;)

They also don't mention that the "antenna in" connector can be used for "limited basic" cable channels. But, since unencrypted QAM channels may soon be a thing of the past, it might not matter.
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Love the "Audio Out" section. Analog sound is certainly not low fidelity & it works just fine with Dolby Pro Logic surround modes. Some broadcast TV shows work better with analog surround than digital sound as well.


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this report on th newspaper is just poorly designed and written, is like the third page that in the Philips LCD-LED-Plasma TV user manual comes explaining each connection and using an coding of stars for put between best quality and the standard. just looks like a copy of this page