The rate of Americans bringing HDTV into their living rooms and home theaters is growing in astounding numbers, especially since the inception of the DTV broadcast transition. However, millions of televisions have not been tweaked by their owners and optimized for HDTV viewing. In this article I will share 5 top tips as to how you can make your television cast the best first impression.
Are you really watching HDTV?
It’s a forgivable oversight; most people think they’re viewing HD, and what most people will soon come to realize is that they’re not getting the full impact of HDTV on their TV’s. Here I will explain how-to achieve HD picture quality.
With the multitude of wires, outlets, surge-protectors, receptacles, and plugs behind all your AV equipment this may be a daunting and dreaded task.
Simply look to see if your satellite receiver, game system console, Blu-ray player, and in particular, your TV set has a HDMI receptacle cable attached. The image included here within this article illustrates what the end of a HDMI receptacle cable looks like. HDMI affords you the luxury of 1080p picture quality benefits.
If you do not see a HDMI cable, you’re not watching an HD image. Another means of getting similar quality of HD results could be delivered via ‘component video cable,’ but minus the 1080p.
Staying Centered And Seeing Eye To Eye On The Subject Of HDTV
How your TV is placed will come to be a big determinate as to what type of HDTV quality your viewing. It is pertinent that you place your TV so that your eyes meet with the center of the TV screen. Another key factor to mention is; are you seated in the center of your TV? If not, your not allowing your HDTV images to cast the vast range of enriched bright beautiful colors. Anything left or right of center, and or the TV fixed too high or too low will give less than satisfying results. Readers should also dutifully note that this could be a problem that particularly plagues LCD TV sets.
It Wouldn’t Be A Stretch To Say An Aspect Of HDTV Is About Ratios
Have you ever watched a Turner Classic movie and loathed the black bars that can sometimes be present within the frame?
Almost all old movies and TV shows up to the 1990’s have different dimensions. Even some newscasts of today have different sizes.
To rectify this matter you have more than one option to choose from. One of which would be to look for the button on your HDTV remote that reads “Size” or “Format” that will allow you to change the display mode on your television set.
If you own a wide screen TV, do not become frustrated if you now come to discover that you have black bars on the left and right of your TV screen. Some older content have a 4:3 ratio that will reveal these black bars on the left and right, as to avoid this see if you have a “Zoom” or “Stretch” feature.
Movie aficionados will typically leave the top and bottom black bars alone when viewing films on a wide screen to render the intended panoramic effect the director wanted you to see. And you also don’t miss any of the action that may be occurring.
Let Your HDTV Quality Truly Become A Theater Like Experience.
There’s no need for you to install automated curtains in front of your TV as to get the full effect of a movie theater experience. Simply dim the lights or close the drapes on your windows.
Your TV screen shines from light cast upon it. This results in washout and distracting reflections. Allowing your eyes to acclimate to the light dimmed room affords your eyes the full impact of the HDTV quality.