Blu-Ray on Standard TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ColinM, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. ColinM macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    I think this is the right place to put this topic, correct me if I'm wrong.

    I currently have a Standard TV at home, 26" Sony Trinitron I believe. We don't plan on getting a Hi-Definition TV for another year or so, see if prices come down, what technology becomes available, etc...

    And while I know that Blu-ray on a standard TV won't look much different that a standard DVD on that TV, I'd rather like to start buying Blu-Ray Discs rather than regular DVD's, so that when we do get an HDTV, it will be worth it.

    Will there be any trouble hooking up a Blu-Ray player, say the LG BD390 (rather like the look of that one) to our TV? We have the red-yellow-white inputs in front. Composite? I believe that's what they are called.

    Anyways, will there be any trouble? Will the play correctly? Any forseen issues?

  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    You won’t be getting HD, but if your player supports the composite (which may or may not be the case) it should work just fine.
  3. j2048b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2009
    I believe you need to have the composite= blue/green/red in order to view a blu ray on a standard tv? I think i nneded to do this in order to see them on mine.
  4. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    To be clear

    Is the BD390 your player? Or do you not even have a Blu-Ray player yet?

    If you don't I just saw stacks of LG Blu-Ray players at Fry's going for $119 a pop! pretty damn good if you ask me.
  5. ColinM thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Just took a look at the item details again...

    Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 analog audio (L/R), 1 digital optical audio, 1 digital coaxial audio, 1 discrete 7.1 channel audio

    So I think it should be good? It has the component output.
  6. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I would hook it up via COMPONENT (red, green, blue) not COMPOSITE (yellow with red and white for sound).

    If you hook it up via component you'll get a progressive signal if your TV supports it.

    Either way, it's going to look better than a regular DVD simply because compression technology has improved and you're playing back a disc that has a much higher bit rate than DVD. Whether or not you'll be able to tell is another story.
  7. godslabrat macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    That is incorrect. First of all, composite is red/yellow/white, component is red/blue/green. It is indeed possible to view a BR movie on a composite connection... though you may be limited to 480i. This is the setup I have in my bedroom... No HD set in there yet, but I moved my spare BR player in there just in case I want to watch a BR (albeit at 480i). Like the OP, I want better quality source material, even if I can't yet take full advantage of it.

    By this logic, it should be possible to even use an RF Demodulator to use a coax connection. Very, very far from desirable, but by no means impossible. Of course, if your TV supports composite or HDMI, I'd make any reasonable effort to use those connections first.
  8. bd390 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    Thank you

    This is very useful information for blu-ray player. Thanks.

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