4 Calling Birds, 3 HDMIs, 2 CVIs, and an ATSC/QAM tuner – Part 2

By Brooks Flynn
Guest blogger, Philips Consumer Electronics 

What connections do I need on my new HDTV?

Last week I talked about HDMI Connections in the first installment of what connections you need to get the best out of your HDTV. This week I am going to be talking about Component Video (CVI) and why it’s also a great connection for High Definition boxes and DVD players. 

CVI cables are needed in almost every home theater setup as they are the cables responsible for carrying all analog video signals to your TV monitor. They have gone from being a relatively uncommon way to hook up video devices to being the near-universal analog video signal standard for home theater and high-definition television, replacing s-video and composite as the most widely usable video signal standards. CVI has emerged as the leader because it is the only common consumer analog signal type which supports progressive scan and high-definition resolutions, and because it is the standard output format for DVD players, carrying basic analog signals all the way up to the latest signal format 1080p. 

Another advantage of CVI cables over some other formats is that they’re relatively inexpensive (starting at about $10-$15 for basic sets) and very easy to find in longer lengths (up to about 150 ft in some cases), which is handy if you want to hide your set-top-boxes behind a cabinet or put them in a different room than your HDTV monitor. 

The only real disadvantage of CVI cables is that they are made up of 3 different cables just to carry the video signal and you will need to hook up additional cables to run the audio signal into your TV (up to 5 cables in total).   

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the CVI connection if you leave them in the comments section below.

Stay tuned for the next post in this series…

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