On Tuesday, I asked our readers to answer a few questions about their household TV situation, and I found that 49% of respondents don’t use a DVR. I was surprised to learn that, but it says more about me than you guys: I’ve let myself get sucked inside an on-demand, time-shifting echo chamber of bleeding-edge TV watching. My house, in other words, is not normal.
What that means, though, is that there’s still plenty of time to share the things I’ve learned so that you can benefit in the future.
I learned that HDMI cables are cheap
Or at least, they should be.
When you’re in the electronics store getting the equipment to upgrade your entertainment center, you’ll be under pressure from without and within to get everything all at once. Furniture, batteries, universal remote, cables, etc. The problem is that there persists an antiquated idea that you’ll want expensive cables. If your new setup is all digital, this is simply not true. Digital signals either work perfectly, or not at all.
This comic strip reminder from the Mint.com blog summarizes the problem well:
In my quest for the perfect, cheap, digital entertainment center that spanned two years, I ordered more than a few HDMI cables of all sizes, and I can vouch that you should buy the cheapest ones you can find. I’ve had good luck with both MonoPrice and Amazon.com.