Written by Joel Habakkuk

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. No matter how excellentrepparttar quality of your HDTV, 18" DBS receiver, or DVD/DVD-AUDIO player, it'll never seerepparttar 116322 light (or sound) of day if

The interconnect (if there's a jack for it) which yieldsrepparttar 116323 highest quality is not employed.

The cable isn't sufficient at isolatingrepparttar 116324 signal from other signals, or limiting signal loss through "leakage."

So here are a few basic tips you may or may not already be aware of, that will increaserepparttar 116325 probability you'll extractrepparttar 116326 highest quality your audio/video gear is capable of providing.

1. REPLACE ORIGINAL CABLES: Those "free" ones which come with most components may have a quality "look", (especially since manufacturers of generic interconnects started placing "gold" plugs on them), but beauty & quality is not just skin deep.

And you'll notice how shallow it really is as soon asrepparttar 116327 sound becomes "fatiguing", or you get a "short" in one, or you begin experiencing degraded aural & visual quality, along with an increase in interference.

Use discretion though; it you have a $3500 HDTV-ready television, a $3.99 package of A/V cables from VIDEO-R-US should raise a flag.

Conversely, a $100 TV from Bill & Ted's Wild Appliances and $90/meter Monster S-VIDEO II cables might be a tad much.

And you don't have to replace allrepparttar 116328 cables in your system at one time (which could be rather expensive!); do it as budget constraints permit. 2. USE THE INTERCONNECT TYPE YIELDING THE HIGHEST QUALITY: If your components providerepparttar 116329 output & input jack(s), use them, unless it prevents you from utilizing some particular function unique to your viewing/listening habits & hookup.

That means COMPONENT VIDEO (if available) or S-VIDEO for video, and RCA for audio. When S-Video isn't available, that means RCA for COMPOSITE VIDEO.

3. KEEP SIGNALS IN ONE FORMAT AFTER INITIAL CONVERSION: With COMPOSITE VIDEO, all color & b/w signals (3 signals total) are mixed into one signal. A "comb filter" in your video equipment must then "un-separate" them all to processrepparttar 116330 picture.

With S-VIDEO, a separate color & b/w signals (2 signals total) are provided onrepparttar 116331 one cable. When your video equipment receives an S-VIDEO signal, all it has to separate isrepparttar 116332 color. A "comb filter" is not used when using S-VIDEO.

With COMPONENT VIDEO, 2 separate color-difference signals, & a b/w signal (3 signals total) are provided on 3 separate cables. When your video equipment receives a COMPONENT VIDEO signal, all it has to do is deriverepparttar 116333 color fromrepparttar 116334 color difference signals.

Finding adventure in little things

Written by David Leonhardt

We recently planted our saskatoon berry trees. I am sure those of you who live in Saskatchewan know exactly what I am talking about. Forrepparttar 99.99999% of Internet readers who have never even heard of Saskatchewan, let alone of saskatoon berries, allow me to explain.

Saskatoon isrepparttar 116321 name of one ofrepparttar 116322 two big cities in Saskatchewan. In this case, "big" is a relative word. But Saskatoon is big enough to have a food named after it, which puts it inrepparttar 116323 same league as Hamburg (hamburgers), France (French fries) and Iceland (ice).

Saskatchewan is a small Canadian province. Small in that its population can comfortably fit ontorepparttar 116324 deck of a luxury cruise liner ... except who would want to do that inrepparttar 116325 middle ofrepparttar 116326 bone-dry Canadian prairies? In land area, Saskatchewan is actually almost as big as Texas, although most of their hats are well short of ten-gallons.

That leaves plenty of room for trees to grow. But Saskatchewan is not known for trees. It is known for its prairies. In fact, there are jokes about Saskatchewan and trees.

"How many people does it take to plant a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Are you kidding? Even God couldn't do that?"

"What do you call a tree in Saskatchewan?" "Wishful thinking."

"If you run offrepparttar 116327 road in northern Saskatchewan, would you hit a tree?" "No,repparttar 116328 tree is inrepparttar 116329 south."

Which brings us torepparttar 116330 saskatoon berry trees we just planted. Apparently, trees DO grow in Saskatchewan. Well, almost. I readrepparttar 116331 seed package. "Grows three to 12 feet high." A three-foot tall tree? Can you really call that a tree? What if I mow right over it?

So before even planting them,repparttar 116332 saskatoon berry trees were proving to be an adventure. We were planting seeds for a tree too small to be a tree from a place that supposedly does not grow trees. But adventure is fun.

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