How to Hook Up a Plasma TV - Connect Plasma TV
So you have got your new Plasma Television but how do you connect Plasma TV to your existing components such as
your VCR, DVD Player and stereo equipment. Fortunately, the plasma screen television sets that are made today are
more often than not compatible with most existing components you may already have. VCR's, DVD players and stereo
equipment will generally work without a hitch on your new plasma television set.
The next question is will your new plasma television work with your old stuff. The answer is probably! Will you
be able to hook your old stuff to your new plasma television. That is a maybe. It really all depends on the
equipment that you have and how it hooks together.
The most complicated part of any entertainment system hook-up is surround sound speakers which you either love
or hate. However, if you have them, then you either need a plasma television equipped for surround sound or a
special surround sound router.
The best way to find out if your plasma television is equipped for surround sound is to look on the back of the
television to see if there are any places to hook wires in directly. If not, you will need a router. You may
already have one, but if not, just go to Radio Shack and act helpless.
Aside from the speaker hook-ups, most televisions are equipped with multiple inputs, but not all of those inputs
are the same. Your best bet is to take the wires with you and match them to the back of the plasma television that
you are looking at. Yes, it seems dumb that some televisions are on the market without the ability to plug into
your cable television cable, but it happens. If you miss a cord, do not panic. There are devices that allow you to
translate one cord into another. However, this is extra cost that you do not need. Just buy the television that
works with your stuff.
If you do end up needing an adaptor, just get the largest one available and route all of your devices thru it.
That way you can make certain that you are actually hooking everything up correctly. It is easy to get the cable
box, the game console and the VCR in a loop that does not include the plasma television. And once you add your
computer, digital camera and camcorder to the resulting chaos of cables, you will never find the right cord
Perhaps the most surprising thing to people when they get their new plasma televisions home is the wide variety
of component hook-ups that are offered on the back of plasma televisions. The only way to know for certain is to
look physically on the back of the plasma television. What ever you do, never take a salesman's word for it as they
have probably never thought to look themselves.
When buying a new plasma television, it is not whether your old component will work with the new television, but
whether the old component can connect to any new television! Check carefully that you will have adequate and
appropriate places to plug in your old toys on your new beauty.