Buying a decoder/converter set-top box for an HDTV-ready TV
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: mschust-ga
List Price: $20.00
07 Oct 2006 09:17 PDT
Expires: 06 Nov 2006 08:17 PST
Question ID: 771522
I bought a 53" Sony rear projection tv (MPN: KP-53v75) in 1999. At that time, the salesman told me that the tv was "HDTV-ready" and that all I would need when I wanted to upgrade to HD was a "set-top box." I've recently bought an xbox360, and want to buy a box that will allow my tv to display input from the 360 in at least 720p. I've tried hooking it up directly to the tv through component cables, but it won't display HD properly. What exactly is this "set-top box" I need to buy, and taking value into account, how much should I plan on spending?
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Re: Buying a decoder/converter set-top box for an HDTV-ready TV
From: reddevil3-ga on 15 Oct 2006 12:43 PDT
Have you connected your Xbox 360 correctly to your TV? There is a switch to turn the HDTV signal 'on' on your 360's component cables. If your TV has component connections you don't need a set top box to view the 360 in high-definition. To view over the air HD (which is free) you would need a set-top box if your TV does not have a built-in tuner and an antenna to receive the signals. The Zenith antenna is great for receiving HD signals: http://www.amazon.com/Zenith-ZHDTV1-HDTV-UHF-Digital-Antenna/dp/B00006FXR9/sr=1-1/qid=1160940890/ref=sr_1_1/104-7202334-1922335?ie=UTF8&s=electronics A set-top box is also called a "HDTV tuner". Samsung provides one for $250 which you can use to receive free HDTV broadcasts. Just connect the Zenith antenna to the tuner and connect the tuner to your TV (using component or DVI connections, if your TV has them) and then you are ready to enjoy HDTV. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-6ilRDlXyGf7/cgi-bin/prodview.asp?i=305SIRT451
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