Step 11: 3D TV Connections
How to hook up cables to a 3D TV with HDMI or Ethernet
By Jack Burden, Senior Reviewer
HDMI: Gone are the days or S-video or composite video cables. In are HDMI or Ethernet. That's probably all you need these days to hook up your 3D TV. HDMI will be the preferred choice from an HD Blu Ray player or a cable or satellite box with 3D capability. The cable can also carry non HD channels so dont worry about that. In this case you would need 2 HDMI cables, one from the Blu Ray and one from the cable or satellite box. We recommend a mid range priced cable of around $20 to $25 for a 6 foot length. HDMI 1.4 is the latest standard.
Ethernet: The other cable you may need if you want to access the 3D TVs Internet capabilities is a Cat 5 or 6 Ethernet cable to connect to a computer or router. You'll probably need extended lengths of ethernet cable to run between your TV and router, these custom lengths can be cut for you at most computer stores.
Component: In the event you have an older DVD player and do not plan to upgrade to a Blu Ray, a component RGB 3 cable combo might be necessary to deliver a good 480p picture. This cable might also be used if your cable or satellite box is not HD compatible.
A 12 Step Guide to Purchasing a 3D TV
- Step 1: How 3D TV Technology Works; The principles behind 3-D HDTVs explained
- Step 2: 6 Myths about 3D TVs - 3D TV Buying Guide clears up 3-D HDTV Misconceptions
- Step 3: 3D TV Advantages; Is now the time to buy a 3D TV?
- Step 4: 3D TV Problems, Issues and Concerns: What complications arise with this new technology?
- Step 5: 3D TV Viewing Distance Size Chart; What 3D TV Size is Right for you?
- Step 6: 3D TV Pricing; Are 3D TVs worth a higher price over an non 3-D ready Television?
- Step 7: 3D TV LED, LCD or Plasma; Which technology is best for you? Which has the best value?
- Step 8: 3D TV Wall Mount and Table Stand Options; How to install a 3D Television
- Step 9: 3D TV Calibration Picture Settings; How to set your 3D TV picture settings
- Step 10: Best 3D TVs; Which 3D TVs are best rated? See our top recommendations
- Step 11: Best place to buy a 3D TV; Best prices and recommended 3D TV dealers
- Step 12: 3D TV Connections; How to hook up cables to a 3D TV with HDMI or Ethernet