Make Your Computer Part of Your Home Theater System
The televisions of today have much more capability than the televisions of even a couple of years ago. High definition video, with 720p or 1080i offers letter-box widescreen display that allows you to see everything that you would at a movie theater in the screen picture. Add full surround sound audio and you can have the full movie theater experience. Netflix and Blockbuster Express allow you to stream some of the newest box-office blockbusters and watch them from the comfort of your own home. But, how do you get that high-definition video from the internet to your television?
Most newer computers, and the video cards described above, have multiple video outputs, including standard fifteen pin VGA to feed your monitor, and an HDMI video output, with which you can feed the signal to your big screen plasma or LCD television. Belkin is a company that makes some of the most popular computer accessories, including a full line of cables to connect your computer to your television.
Cables ToGo also offers a full line of computer video cables. Ok, great. Now you can see the movie you’re streaming, but how do you get the full surround movie theater audio experience? Again, you need some cables. Most computer motherboards come equipped with multiple audio jacks on the back, giving you two-channel stereo, or 5.1 surround. Many of them also have a high definition audio output port that you can connect to your surround receiver.
Cables ToGo also offers a full range of audio cables to go with their video cable selection. If your Windows user’s computer is a little older and doesn’t have one of these high def audio outputs, a new sound card can add a whole new dimension to their audio experience. Creative Labs offers a full line of audio products, including sound cards with full surround capability. If you have a laptop, they also have products that can give you multiple audio output channels.