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VCR Buying Guide
DVD Buying Guide
The DVD difference
So how do I hook Up a DVD player?
DVD players offer a variety of options for connection to your TV and audio system.
Audio Outputs:
DVD players also offer numerous ways to connect the audio to your audio system or TV set. There are two different types of audio connections, Analog and Digital.
Analog Outputs

If you look at the back panel of the DVD player in the photo further below, you will notice that there are two sets of analog audio outputs, an " analog stereo" output and an "analog 5.1 channel" output. You can use the Stereo output to connect the audio to your TV set, a Regular Stereo, or a Dolby Pro Logic Receiver. The 5.1 channel audio output can be used to connect "Digital Ready" or "5.1 Channel Ready" receivers. 5.1 channels refer to 2 front speakers, 2 rear speakers, 1 center speaker and a subwoofer. The analog output uses RCA jacks colour coded in Red and White (right & left side speaker respectively). The cable shown below has both the audio & video connections.

Digital Outputs
Digital outputs provide superior audio quality and should be used if your receiver has digital inputs, as is the case with Dolby Digital Receivers. Digital cables come in two forms, Coaxial and Optical. Coaxial cables look similar to RCA cables and the audio signal is transmitted by modulated radio frequencies. Optical cables transmit the audio signal by pulses of light. (See optical cable below)
Optical Cable
DVD Player Back Panel
Back Panel
Video Outputs:
There are three ways you can connect the DVD's video output to your TV. Each of them offer different levels of quality.
Composite Video outputs (RCA Jacks)
This is the standard type of connection featured on DVD players. It uses an RCA jack colour coded with yellow. The picture resolution is 390 lines. Although this is the most basic connection, the quality is still superior to that of the VHS VCR. Older TVs may not have composite video inputs. (see photo below)
Composite Video Cable (yellow)
S-Video (separate video) outputs
S-video is the next step up in quality from composite Video. The picture resolution is 400 lines. Many new televisions have S-video inputs. S-video separates the video signals into luminance (light and dark) and chrominance (colour), offering a clearer picture than composite video output. (See photo below)
S-Video Cable
Component VideoComponent Video outputs
Component video offers the best picture quality and can only be found on the latest mid and high-end televisions. The Sony Wega is one such television that can be found in Barbados with component video inputs. Component video uses three (3) RCA type jacks to produce a picture. Component Video separates the video signals into luminance (light and dark), red and blue, offering better picture detail and colour accuracy. The picture resolution is 500 lines. The cables are colour coded in red, blue and green. (See photo below)
Component Video Cables
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