Several years ago, I made the leap to Hi-Def TV.
Got the HD satellite box and TV, surround sound—the whole bit. I have to say I
was disappointed. The picture wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it being in
the showroom. So I had the satellite guys out. "Nope, that's HD, all right!"
Really? Yep. Over the next year, I had two more different sets of sat guys come
out for various reasons. Same deal..."Yeah, that's Hi-Def." When you're a TV golf
fan like I am, the picture really counts, and the picture didn't look any better
than it did on our old TV.
day my son was over and walked into the room where I was watching a PGA
tournament. He said, "How come you're not watching this in HD?" I said, "You
don't think this is HD?" He said, "Well, look at it—of course not!" He looked
at the back of the TV and told me that I had component cables feeding the TV
from the sat box and that it isn't possible to get an HD signal through those. He
said I needed an HDMI cable instead. I went shopping.
Component video cables can't pick up HD signals. Use an HDMI cable to improve your Hi-Def TV's picture.
smokes! With the old cables, I could barely see the golf hole during putts;
with the new, I can spot individual grass blades on the fairways. Now I can
report on whether Tiger has shaved for the big day.
Well, to make a long story
short, you might want to check your cables. Could be that you're not even
watching HD on that fancy TV of yours.
— Travis Larson, Senior Editor
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