How to Connect Your Devices to Your TV

In our homes today, electronics occupy almost every available space. Home theater systems cover your home with sound, portable music player allows you to carry your favorite tunes, video games consoles offer thrills, and personal computers carry the myriad forms of media that form a part of your everyday life. But even still, when you want to view your media in a big, conspicuous layout, the television reigns supreme.

The main challenge of living in this modern, gadget-rich way of life is assimilating all your devices into a strong, central media center. It’s possible for you to connect various devices such as your personal computer, DVD and Blu-ray player, portable music players, and smartphones to your TV, enabling you to access all your media without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Most electronic devices contain an installed output port. This enables you to send the video and audio information of the appliance (such as a cell phone, laptop, or a portable media player) to a television system. This only requires a single cable and a few minutes of work.

Blu-Ray Player

The first thing you need consider before hooking up your TV to a Blu-ray player is what type of TV you are going to start with. You will need a television that is capable of producing High Definition picture because older TVs will not have the capability of hooking up to a Blu-ray player.  You also need to make sure you have a Blu-ray player and an HDMI cable. It is also important to do your research when buying a Blu-ray player as the different models will reproduce the image at varying levels of clarity.

For the best results, you need the proper HDMI cable to hook up your Blu-ray player to your HDTV. Otherwise, the image will end up looking blurry, grainy and you will not be getting the full capability out of your Blu-ray disc. The same concept is true if you use an old wire while hooking up a set of speakers. Anytime you upgrade any technical device in your house it is very important to also update your cables. For a small price, the quality of what you are viewing and listening to will increase dramatically.

You can simply hook your HDTV up to a Blu-ray player using an old-fashioned A/V cable, the problem is that the image will not only look less clear but will also look much smaller. To see the best image that your Blu-ray disc and HDTV can produce, you need a quality HDMI cable.

Some people may avoid using an HDMI cable because they are unsure of how it works or are afraid to change from what they have used in the past. However, have no fear! There is only one thing for you to plugin: you simply plug one end of the cable into your Blu-ray player and hook the other end into your TV.

Depending on what brand of HDMI cable you get you will have many different choices in length. It really all depends on your situation, but it is highly recommended that you purchase a cable that is, at least, six feet long even if you think you don’t need one that long. You are better off buying the longer cable just in case you need it down the line. If you switch entertainment centers at some point you do not want to be left without the ability to hook up your Blu-ray player to your TV!

Desktop Computer

Connecting your computer to your TV set is quite simple, and you don’t need to be a tech expert to do it! The only things you need are the right cable or streaming hardware to be able to enjoy viewing your content from your computer.

You need to take a look at the ports available on both your computer and TV. HDTVs have the multiple connections, HDMI and DVI produce the highest quality and is the most common option of connecting your computer to an HDTV.

HDMI

High definition multimedia interface is the highest quality connection. All you need is following simple steps:

VGA

Video graphics array is a video lead only, and you need to accompany it with 3.5mm audio lead that is connected from the headphones port on your computer to the audio port of the TV.

DVI

Digital Video Interface is very common but with DVI connection, one requires a separate audio cable which is connected to the headphones port on your computer to the white and red audio input in your TV.

S-video

Some computers and most TVs contain an S-Video port, the same as the DVI you need an audio cable that is separate for sound production.

Laptops

You have probably realized that it is almost impossible to look at photos or watch a movie via your small laptop screen without squinting. Integrating your laptop and TV offers you a number of benefits. There are various ways to hook up your laptop to your television, all of which are easy. The simplest way is to just hook up a cable between the TV and laptop, but for increased flexibility and portability, a wireless connection is also possible.

Of the connecting cables, the one that top the list is the HDMI cable. In fact, most modern laptops and PCs come with an HDMI port. HDMI is the most sophisticated digital connection for audio and video. It is only available on high-definition digital TVs. Most laptops have a DVI port, which means you will require a DVI to HDMI adapter to complete the connection.

Portable music players

There are various ways of linking a portable music player like an iPod to the TV. The most common way is by plugging in a 3.5 mm to AV adapter to the device 3.5 mm headphone port and hook the composite AV adapter into your television. This way, any video from your iOS device will show on your TV. However, the device will make it difficult to control from your couch.

Tablet or smartphone

You can send video and audio information from most Android devices to an HDTV via MHL, also known as Mobile High-Definition Link. If your TV has an HDTV with an inbuilt MHL, in most situations all you need is a micro USB to HDMI adapter that links the mobile device port to the MHL-enabled HDMI port on the TV. However, older television HDMI ports do not have MHL, so you will require an MHL to HDMI cable to supply the power.

No matter what device you want to hook up to your TV, there is a smart and efficient way to do so. Using the right cable can make a difference in the connection and picture quality shown through your TV. For a wide selection of cables, check out the cables at the FireFold store.