How to Connect a Blu Ray Player to a Flat Screen TV

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With the price of Blu-ray players and flat screen televisions dropping rapidly, there has never been a better time to get yourself set up with a great home theater system. Other than price, one of the main reasons people tend to put off upgrading their systems is the perceived complexity of setting up the system. However, as the technology advances, the connections between the various components gets easier. If you have a Blu-ray player, it is easy to hook it up to your flat screen TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Blu-Ray player
  • HDMI cables
  • Component cables
  • Coaxial or RCA audio cables
  • Flat screen television

TV with HDMI Input

  • Plug the television and the Blu-ray player into power outlets. Make sure that they both work and have power to them.

  • Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI video output on the Blu-ray player. Plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI video input in the television. You will not need to worry about sound cables because an HDMI cable carries both audio and video information to the television.

  • Insert a Blu-ray disc into the player and turn it on. Turn on the television and view the HDMI input. The screen should show what is playing on the disc.

Television with Component Cables

  • Plug in both the television and the Blu-ray player and make sure they have power.

  • Plug one end of the component cables into the video output of the player. Plug the other end of the cables into the component video input on the television.

  • Plug in your coaxial or RCA cables into the audio output of the Blu-ray player. Plug the other end of the cables into the corresponding audio input in the television.

  • Insert the disc into the Blu-ray player and turn both the player and the television on. Select the "component" input on the television. The screen should show what is playing on the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using component cables, try to use a digital coaxial sound cable for the output. This will gove you the best possible sound quality as coaxial is a digital form.
  • Using component cables will give you a loss of picture quality. This is because component cables use an analog form of video and HDMI uses digital. Since Blu-ray is completely digital, the signal has to convert to analog to display on the screen.

References

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