Essential HDTV accessories

An HDTV is just a TV with a pretty picture until you add a few important accoutrements. The dozen add-ons shown here will greatly enhance your HDTV watching experience.

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HDMI and Component Cables


Several companies have done very well for themselves by selling obscenely expensive cables for HDTVs — HDMI and component cables especially, because those are the primary means of carrying high-definition signals. But do you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a cable to connect your rented cable box to your TV? We tested both types of cables a couple years ago and concluded that you can get good image quality without liquidating your collection of classic Furbys to pay for it. In fact, we saw no difference in image quality between a set of US$31 cables and a set that cost $300.

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