So, you just upgraded to a new HD (high definition) television but you want to use you old media equipment? Not a problem, this blog will breakdown what you need and/or should do in this situation. Tape players: http://subliminal2012.deviantart.com/art/VHS-PNG-305668502 If you have an old tape player it most likely uses composite AV(audio and video) which is a combination of three plugs that are RED, WHITE(Left and right audio) and YELLOW(video) or S-video(one cord). Most HD televisions still have the standard composite and S-video setup but they are slowly dying out in the movement from SD(standard definition) to HD. If your TV does not have either then you will need to either get rid of your tape player and search for one that fits your TV, or there is one alternative. A similar AV setup to Composite is Component, it consists of five different plugs (two for audio and three for video). This is not meant to work with component but there is a way to get it to work. Plug in the two audio wires then you should be left with three plugs and only one spot for them to go. It will take some experimenting but plug in each one until you get a picture that is not distorted. One of them should work without the screen looking strange however, like I said before, this does not work all the time so it may not work on your device. The only alternative to this, other than getting rid of your VCR, would be to get multiple spliters so that you can plug in all the video components into your VCR but this could cause damage to the device and is not recommended. DVD: https://www.iconfinder.com/icons/27844/disk_dvd_video_icon
***NOTE to solve ALL of the problems below, if you have the money to do so, buying a HD surround sound system or a general HD disc player works for DVDs, Blu-Ray, CDs(compact discs), ect… but not tapes.***
Most DVD players today are HD but if it is not either Component nor HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) then follow the steps above for the VCR.**NOTE if you have a Blue-Ray player then that is more than likely to have an HD setup and is able to run DVDs so it could replace your DVD player.** An alternative to a DVD player (and possibly a Blue-Ray player) is a laptop with a disc drive (if you have one). Many HD televisions are capable of acting as a second screen for your computer. Just as long as you have a program to play DVDs and CDs on your computer (which most computers already have installed) you can play them on your TV. This is done by a DVI or VGA cable, however, DVI is recommended because it is more common and of higher quality. **NOTE Be sure not to confuse the two because they look very similar.** Make sure you check both your computer and TV to ensure they both have DVI or VGA set ups so you do not waste money.
If they do not both have DVI then that is not a problem VGA will work just fine. If one has VGA and the other has DVI then you must buy an adapter for them that converts either the DVI to VGA or the VGA to DVI (recommended). So for an example if your computer has a plug for VGA and your TV has a plug for DVI, you would need an adapter for your computer that has a VGA plug on one end to go into the computer and on the other side, a place for a DVI cord to be plugged into the TV. Also if you do not have a Blue-Ray player of some form I highly recommend getting one because many movies are being made as Blue-Ray now and they are much higher quality so they will pair with your HD TV well. Even though there are still a lot of movies made into DVDs, they too are slowly dying out.
I hope this informational blog has been helpful to you.