I recently bought a new flat screen tv that I hooked up directly to the
cable line coming into the house( no cable box). The sound quality was
crummy so I returned it and went with a different manufacturer and still
the sound quality is bad...sounds like its coming from an empty can,
that is, it sounds hollow. I am wondering if its because I don,t have a
cable box. I tried to tweak the bass and treble but it still sounds
hollow, for lack of a better word. Anyone else have a similar problem?
Even worse shoved into an entertainment box. Many flat screens are designed
o be on a wall. Some tvs will have forward facing speakers, but low
frequency output is what a stereo or home theater is about.
Easy cheap way to check if the speakers are poor. Plug in a set of
headphones and see how it sounds.
BTW I use several sets with no cable box. I have only one cable box on
my main flatscreen (200+ channels), but my other 6 TVs in other rooms
are plugged directly into the cable line, no box. I'm fortunate in
that Cox here provides 70+ analog channels and all the local channels
(in both analog and HD). I know in other areas they have removed that
capability and require a box for each set. I'm sure it will happen
here eventually but am keeping my fingers crossed.
Surprised they keep the analog channels because they eat up so much
bandwidth. The holy grail for cable companies was being able to dump
analog to avoid building out new higher bandwidth systems. We have
comcast and they have maybe a dozen channels in clear QAM. They removed
all analog at least a year ago.
They probably will go away some time in the near future. As was pointed
out, they want to use the bandwidth for other things like PPV, where
they make money. Where I live, in western NC, there are over the air
channels from repeaters. These were all analog. The FCC digital decree
did not apply to low power repeaters. But, suddenly and quietly, they
all became digital a few months ago. They don't even need to recover
bandwidth, but they converted anyway. Funny thing is that the repeaters
get their signal from DirectTV. I'm not really sure why they even
bother as most people have cable, Dish or Direct.
Those TV providers have been hemorrhaging TV customers for some time.
OTA will give most people a dozen channels and then say add in a netflix
account and that is all some people want. Ask anyone today about hbo or
showtime etc and all you will get is a big yawn.
Yes I'm surprised that my analog channels are still available too.
Awhile back Cox (here) advertised this analog capability. Something
like subscribe with one cable box and get basic cable in all your
other rooms free. But I haven't seen that ad for awhile. Currently Cox
only has the 2 satellite companies for competition and satellite can't
offer free TV in as many rooms as you want so that may be an incentive
to keep it. But still, as I said I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Well in the past years Cox has added lots of HD channels. I think I
now have around 75 or so. They moved them from the 700s to the 1000s.
I don't understand all I know about this, but do they need to send all
those digital channels to me at once or does my cable box tell them
what channel I want and they only need to send that one? That would
cut down on the bandwidth a lot.
Yes I have a modern flatscreen *without* a box in one room and I get
those 70 analog cable based channels, plus all the local channels in
both digital HD and digital SD. Also a smattering of digital SD cable
based channels like military, wgn, cspan ect. It totals 126 channels
if I remember right. Course my older sets only see the analog
Ah. So I imagine that one stream uses lots less bandwidth than all
those analog channels they now supply me with. When they finally do
eliminate them, what will they use the extra space for? More
channels? Geeze, I hardly watch 10% of the available channels I have
What didn't you like? Where did you go? Here they're my only cable TV
choice, and my only cable ISP (non-DSL) choice. I have been with Cox
for TV for around 15 years and only recently for landline and ISP.
Really no complaints, very few outages. The cable box failed once and
they came to the house to replace it the next day. Since going with
Cox for landline and ISP there have been no problems. But then my old
landline/ISP company Century Link was equally reliable. Cost was the
main reason for my change.
So I've read. But the HD picture as supplied is quite acceptable to
me. But not being a sports fan I'm perhaps more forgiving for most of
the standard TV programs/movies.
Yes, I can receive over-the-air local HD channels here with an indoor
antenna and there is a noticeable difference. Do the satellite
companies provide a better HD picture than Cox or are they as
The cable company is not streaming the
typical cable channels. They would stream pay on
demand type channels or similar where you select
the actual SHOW. But that is very small amount of
what people are watching.
If they were streaming the typical 99% of what people
watch, then the TV the guy has working would not
be working. The TV only has a QAM tuner, which is
a receive only device. It justs tunes to the channel
like any tuner does. If it were a streaming settup, the
TV would have to send the requested channel to
the cable system, which it clearly does not.
They get all those digital channels on the cable
by compressing it.
I don't know of any plans to do that, at least not
in the forseable future.
We both approximately doubled our speed then. I went from 7 to 15Mbs.
For most of my internet use I did not notice a big difference. I think
waiting for pages to load was more a function of the queried server
than my local setup. I notice most of the difference when downloading
songs. But the difference is in seconds. Remember when it took 30
minutes to download one song on dialup? Good old days. :)
Since even a cheap wireless router (50 Mbs) is so fast compared to my
ISP connection (7 or 15 Mbs) I wouldn't think that would make a big
difference in the overall system speed.
I'm getting 200+ channels, HD/DVR cable box, landline phone, and 15
Mbps ISP for an average $110/mo (total after fees & taxes). I say
average because it's on a 2 year contract with the first year $100/mo
and second $120/mo. It's kinda like your price lock except I'm the one
Yes it's nice to have a choice. I also switched because of money.
BTW I did feel a little sad when leaving my Century Link wired
telephone service (POTS) because I have been using them (previously as
Qwest and before that Mountain Bell) since I first came to this area
in 1947. But then I felt sad for only about 15 seconds. :)
The first tv that I bought and returned was a Polaroid ( 22 inch) and
the one I have now is a Westinghouse (22 inch). Both have a hollow
sound, no mater how much bass and treble adjusting I do.
On 08/19/2012 04:07 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Even the big ones will likely sound flat, as the speakers are really
there to simply allow the thing to be demonstrated in the store; most
consumers are going to at a minimum use one of those "sound bar" things
and really the majority will be using an A/V receiver/amp with a set of
small (and some people will go large!) 5.1 or 7.1 speakers.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
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