Ducks 'n a Row: Five Awesome TV Accessories

26 September 2013

Five Awesome TV Accessories

Guest Post by Laura Ginn

So, pretty much all of us have at least one television in our home in this day and age. But many of us don't really take advantage of the full range of capabilities that our televisions give us. We go to the trouble to buy that fifty inch HD LCD flat screen TV but we don't really make use of it, other than to watch a few TV programs. Even heavy TV viewers don't truly make full use of their screens. Let's take a look at several accessories that allow us to take full advantage of our awesome new televisions.
HDMI Cables
You may even want several of these. Why do you need them? In order for your devices that are connected to your TV to display truly high definition images a VGA cable simply isn't going to pass the test. It just won't do what you need it to. What you need is a HDMI cable. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface and it allows your devices such as your Xbox 360 to send those stunning images it is capable of producing, over to your TV free of pixelation.

Sure, satellite and cable are pretty nifty, not going to lie. But for those of us who don't necessarily want to take on the often-times steep monthly costs and long term commitment that these plans often require, there is the option of a good, reliable TV antenna which can get you access to the range of TV programs and channels that are available over the air in your local area. Don't worry, there's Netflix and Hulu for the other stuff you might be missing.

Regardless of the uses you make of your television, you're going to want some good quality sound. This means that you're going to want some high quality speakers. Often times the default speakers that come with your TV are ok in quality, but there's almost never any comparison to a dedicated speaker system. There's a lot of variability in the systems and a lot of factors to consider, and everyone has their favourite brand or company, so you'll just have to do your research on this one, but trust me, it's worth the effort.

Wireless HDMI
We talked about HDMI before, so you know what it does already. But frankly, I hate a mess of cables stringing from my devices and I am sure most of you do too. They get tangled, make a mess, you have to reach behind your device if you need to replace it or plug in a new device which can be a painful hassle depending on the location of your device... You get the picture. Well, with a wireless HDMI device, you only need one actual HDMI cable and any of your devices that can connect to your wireless network can now wirelessly send high-def inmates through this device and onto your TV screen.

My recommendation is that all owners of expensive television sets purchase a reliable and dedicated television insurance policy such as the one I use from The reason I recommend this is that there are a lot of restrictions on the type of coverage you can actually get from your homeowners insurance company. And with a device as expensive as your nifty TV, trust me, you don't want something to happen to it and then find out that you can't get the coverage you need on it!

For anyone who truly wants to make use of their television and experience the full range of quality and spiffy HD images that the device can offer, I recommend that everyone consider investing in the five items I've mentioned above. And as always, do your research.  There are hundreds of other awesome items out there that you might want for your television as well depending on what you intend to use the device for.

Laura Ginn is a professional writer and blogger who often writes on the topic of technology. She's a fan of using technology to its fullest potential and wants to see these devices utilized to full benefit. As a result, she enjoys sharing her experiences with technology as a starting point for people to explore on their own.

Thanks, Laura...

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