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Home Theater Web Site Educates Consumers on How To Set Up an HDTV

Article series from Big Picture Big Sound demystifies the specs, language and connections of advanced display devices

New York, NY – December 29, 2006 – The home theater web site “Big Picture Big Sound” has published a series of articles today designed to help new HDTV owners set up and configure their displays to maximize performance and increase owner satisfaction.

“With plummeting prices of flat panel, rear projection and front projection televisions, this has been the year that many families have brought HDTV home” says site founder and editor, Chris Boylan. “But because of the confusing nature of the technology, many new HDTV owners are underwhelmed with their purchases and buyer’s remorse is already setting in.”

In an effort to help consumers understand the technology and see these new displays in their best possible light (thereby encouraging HDTV adoption), Big Picture Big Sound has published a series of articles intended to simplify the specifications, language, connections and configuration of a high definition television, so that consumers will be able to get the best possible performance out of their chosen set.

The article series, entitled “How to Hook Up that Fancy New HDTV,” is broken into 3 parts:

* The Numbers Game – discusses the difference between input formats and resolution specs, e.g. 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
* Hooking Up – explains the actual cables, hardware and connections required to go High Def
* Calibration – an overview of tips and tools for optimizing any set’s picture quality.

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“We’re hearing from many consumers who have brought home a new widescreen flat panel television, plugged in their existing cable box, satellite receiver or DVD player and are disappointed with the picture quality,” says Boylan. “They don’t realize that they need HDTV sources as well as new component video or HDMI cables to make the most of a high resolution digital display.”

Also culprits in the poor picture quality experienced by some new HDTV owners are the default picture settings on these new televisions. The picture controls are set to make these displays stand out on a brightly lit showroom floor. When you use these same picture settings in the more conservatively lit living room or home theater, the results are somewhat less than spectacular.

“There are simple steps that new HDTV owners can take in order to get the most out of their new televisions. We hope these articles will help novices and electronics hobbyists alike in their pursuit of home theater perfection.”

Big Picture Big Sound ( was launched in the Summer of 2005, and has grown into one of the most respected new sites in the home theater space with over 65,000 unique visitors per month.

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