by Staff Writer
A DVD player is a key component of any home theater system. You can connect a DVD player to your home theater receiver or directly to your television. Both methods are extremely easy, although which one you choose depends upon the best video quality your particular system can provide. Using the right A/V cable is part of achieving the best possible video quality with your system. Here are a few tips for choosing the best video cable connection possible from your DVD player to your home theater system.
Check the back of your home theater receiver. You should see a series of ports similar to those on your DVD player. Home theater receivers are the hub for your entire entertainment system because they allow you to switch back and forth between video sources. Your receiver will have multiple connection ports for accepting nearly any type of video cable. See which ports your DVD player and receiver have in common: These will be your connection choices.
Examine the ports on your TV. Older TVs may be limited to composite video cable connections. If you have an HDTV, you will probably have quite a few options for connecting various video cables, including HDMI and component video cables.
Choose a cable for the highest resolution possible. Use the video cable that will give you the clearest picture possible from your DVD player. Here are some of your options:
S-Video cables will give you a passable standard definition picture, but they won't support HD technology.
Many DVD players use component video cables to transmit analog video signals. Component video cables can support video resolutions up to 1080p if your DVD player and TV both support that resolution.
HDMI cables will transmit both digital sound and video along one cable and will give you the best image quality if you are using a Blu-ray DVD player.
Consider video cable materials that affect performance. High-quality metals, such as gold-plated or silver-plated connectors, have better conductivity than copper. Gold-plated cable connectors provide a better signal for audio and video, too.