How to hook up an HDTV with only one port
April 8, 2005
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Say you have a DVD player that outputs via DVI or HDMI and a cable or satellite box that outputs via DVI/HDMI. Which component would you hook up to your HDTV via DVI/HDMI if you have only a single DVI/HDMI port on your TV?
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, Nick, and one that I've had to grapple with personally because my TV has only a single DVI connection. Generally speaking, we've found that the improvement in picture quality is greater when using the all-digital DVI/HDMI connection with HD sources (your cable or satellite set-top box) rather than with DVD. So-called upconverting DVD players do offer slightly better picture quality over standard DVD players, but the improvement with DVI/HDMI is arguably more apparent with HD.
If you haven't bought an upconverting DVD player already, I advise you to just use a decent $100 DVD player connected via the component-video inputs. If you have already bought one, the only other option is to get a DVI switcher
. It's a little box that allows you to toggle between your DVD player and HD box using the single DVI connection on your TV. You would need to buy three DVI cables, however, and the switcher currently costs about $200.
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