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May 16

Enhancements for a Smart TV

Sure you could buy a great Samsung LED SmartTV from an online retailer like The Good Guys but there are accessories people may consider when purchasing a thin flat panel Smart TV.  Some of those center around media players, like needing a BD or Blu-Ray Player to go along with the Smart TV and the HDMI cables to make sure your equipment puts out the best signal possible as there is no point in having a 1080p capable TV and using connections that don’t support 1080p.

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Also I have found that Smart TV alone has decent but not great sound quality, so if you have a big living room you may want to also get a full speaker system at least 5.1 or 7.1 and preferably with a receiver that can do HDMI video/audio as well.  If you have a very small room them you can consider a soundbar or soundbox as a perfectly valid option for boosting sound performance yet keeping your equipment footprint being minimal.  I personally love the Vox Z-555 soundbox which fits under a 55" LED Smart TV very well.

Finally there is the Smart part of the Smart TV, and I have found that every Smart TV I have tried has a relatively slow Netflix/Amazon/Internet browsing experience and none compare to the fluidity and simplicity of the Roku, especially the new Roku 3.  So even though I did get a 55" Samsung LED TV just about 5 months ago as an Xmas gift I spent the last few months adding some additional equipment to help get the most out of it which included a Blu-Ray Player, Roku, Vox Z-555 soundbar and an 5 port HDMI switch as I didn’t have enough HDMI inputs to accommodate my Xbox 360, Roku, Dish Receiver, Wii-U, Blu-Ray Player all at the same time, hence I needed an HDMI switch.  The only bad thing is HDCP isn’t supported by most HDMI switches so your cable or dish receiver needs to use an HDMI port on the TV not the HDMI switch.

So when I thought all I needed was the big flat screen TV, boy did I underestimate how many additional peripherals I needed to really optimize it and make better use of it!

  • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

    I know what you mean. I bought a Smart TV about a year ago and which I’d just gotten the flat screen LED instead. I could have just gotten a Roku and had all the ‘Smart’ stuff for a lower price. Oh, well, live and learn. I do wish it had HDMI and 3D though. You’d think they come out with something to convert for that! Let me know if they do. Thanks for the info. Sally

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Justin Germino

      Wish what had HDMI, Roku has HDMI and has for a while. I don’t know if any 3D channels are supported though.

      • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

        So if I had a Roku, I could bet HDMI even if my Smart TV doesn’t have it?

        I was also told that in order to have 3D, I have to have my TV with 3D function as well as the blu ray(I do have a blue ray which is 3D. My TV is not. Is this correct? Sally

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Justin Germino

          Your TV needs an HDMI input to work with Roku HDMI, but HDMI doesn’t mean 3D, 3D can only be output over HDMI cables, but plenty of TV’s support HDMI and can’t produce 3D. 3D TV’s typically need 120hz or 240hz or better and should say 3D capable. Nothing on the Roku streams 3D to my knowledge yet, 3D technology is actually pointless to me. I hate it on TV, it is okay in theaters but the home 3D experience is very lacking in my opinion and I have no interest in it.

          • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

            I’ve never seen home 3D. The TV does have an HDMI input. Thanks for the input. I saw a movie not long ago with 3D at the theater and it was incredible. Sally