|AVRev 2009 New Year's Resolutions|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Other|
|Written by Brian Dailey & AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 06 January 2009|
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Get Your Analog TVs Ready for the February 17, 2009 Deadline
For those of you who have not stepped into the digital world, time is running out. Unless your TV is more than 8 to 10 years old, it is probably equipped to accept a digital signal. If you have HDMI or DVI inputs you absolutely are ready for the February 17, 2009 date when all over the air television signals will be broadcast digitally. If your TV only has the red/white/yellow composite video or a screw-in coaxial video input, you will need to get a converter box to be able to view over the air digital broadcasts.
There have been discount coupons mailed out to many consumers and most electronics stores have these units for sale, so if you have an old set that you want to continue using, head out early and get your converter box before the rush starts in early February.
The better but of course more expensive solution would be to get a new HDTV set and if you have been considering upgrading from an old-school analog standard set to a digital HDTV, there are some amazing deals to be had on 2008 closeout models.
Watch Every Best Picture Winner in High Definition
Now that the smoke has cleared and Blu-ray has been declared the winner of the format war, studios are putting out more back-catalog films on this high-def format. Even if you aren’t a serious student of film, it could be a fun project for the year 2009 to watch as many of the best picture winners as you can find in high-definition. Most of the older films on the list may never make it to Blu-ray or pay television so trusty DVD is there to fill in the many holes that are going to exist for quite some time.
Scan through your HD channels on your cable or Satellite provider and pick every academy award winning best picture you can find on the HD channels. Then go through the standard def channels and do the same. If you have a subscription to a service like Netflix or Blockbuster, you can start having the films sent to you via mail or digital streaming.
Convert all of your new CDs to digital format for the music server
Tired of popping in an endless stream of compact discs in your CD player? Having trouble locating that Christmas gift that’s lost somewhere in a large 200 disc CD changer? Take the time this year to convert all your music into a smaller digital format. There are plenty of compression options that offer close to the same sound quality as compact discs.
Check out AVRev’s media server reviews to see which one is right for you or build your own out of an old personal computer. Load up all the music on your server and take the time to tag each song with identifying information from locating easily. You also may want to come up with a few play lists ready to go for any situation; parties, relaxing at home, etc…
Re-structure your home theater cabling system, upgrading to HDMI
If your home theater cabling is tangled beyond belief from swapping out components over 2008, it’s time to unplug everything and re-organize the wiring. Grab a handful of zip ties and start wrapping up extra cable length to tuck away. It’s also a good idea to start measuring the distance between your electronics and pick up some cabling of the appropriate length.
If you have picked up a new receiver with several HDMI inputs recently, it’s time to upgrade old cabling to HDMI if possible. You will see a noticeable difference in 1080p picture quality and the digital connection eliminates most of the ghosting found with component cables. HDMI also eliminates the need for two cables as it combines the multi-channel, digital audio signal with the video. Fewer cables mean less work organizing the wiring behind your home theater system as well.