Due to the advancements of television technology which have increased the performance of television sets with the onset of high definition imagery, whilst at the same time dramatically decreasing cost, more consumers than ever now have access to technology which you only used to be able to find in a professional environment.
What many television owners don’t realise is that the effort required in getting the most out of their television doesn’t end as soon as they walk out of the door of their nearest electronics retailer. If you aren’t receiving the picture quality that you were promised then read on to find out why.
- Check Your Cables
The latest technology such as high or ultra definition television panels and home cinema systems are always going to be constrained by the quality of the cables that you use to connect them together.
Your first priority is to make sure that you’re using digital cables to connect each piece of hardware together. This will usually take the form of a HDMI cable which is able to transmit both audio and video.
If you’re still using your old analogue SCART or component cables (red, blue and green plugs), you will never get the maximum picture or audio quality from your setup.
- Upgrade Your Hardware Sources
Your new television is only one aspect of the picture. Think of it as a receiver that only displays exactly what it is told to.
If you’re still using an old DVD player then you’re only ever going to be transmitting a low resolution standard definition signal to your TV. The DVD format itself is old technology and is only capable of transmitting so much data.
Your next step is to invest in a high definition Blu-ray player or similar. Each disc will contain far more data offering a far higher image quality.
- Check Your Source Settings
If the quality of your hardware isn’t the issue, check each source to make sure it is outputting the highest quality signal possible.
There will be a settings menu where you will be given options should as 720p, 1080i or 1080p. 1080p is always recommended as a minimum.
- Adjust Your TV Settings
This step can be complicated so consider seeking recommended settings. The idea here is to fine tune each aspect of your television’s available settings to provide the best image.
You will need to either use your best judgment or perform a web search to see whether someone with your TV set has posted the optimal settings online.
- Upgrade Your Aerial or Antenna
Not all aerials and antennas are created equally. Yours may either be located in a less than optimal location or may just require upgrading due to age. If you’re near Perth, get in touch with an antenna man in Mandurah. They will be able to provide you with an up to date digital antenna which will help to provide you with a better picture.
Despite the brilliance of modern consumer technology, sometimes it just needs a few tweaks here and there to perform at its best. Before you despair and consider replacing your home cinema system, make sure to follow our advice to see if you can make a vast improvement.