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PC Advisor's 10-step guide to digital HDTV

Get the most from your digital home

PC Advisor's comprehensive HDTV guide will show you how to set up your high-definition TV, from getting the best possible picture to making the right connections. Here's what to do once you get that brand new HDTV home.

Surround speakers

For a top-of-the-line immersive high-definition experience, you need surround sound. If you don't already have a set of surround-sound speakers, you can choose from a wide array of 5.1- and 7.1-channel sets. But an increasingly popular option is to use a single-box surround "projector" that tucks neatly under your flat-screen TV.

Universal remotes

To make everything work together seamlessly, you'll also need a universal remote. Most large flat-panels come with capable universal remotes that you can program to give you basic control over your peripherals and the TV with a single device. But you may prefer a full-featured third-party remote such as Logitech's popular Harmony 895 Universal Remote, which is optimised for HDTV and DVR systems.

The Harmony 895 lets you quickly switch between aspect ratios (such as normal, full, and zoom); has a large, colour LCD; and supports easy programming through your PC or Mac.


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