Originally Posted by drmroth
Please forgive me for my ignorance...
I have this beautiful Pioneer Elite 151 and have no idea how to take advantage of the things it can do.
That being said, what can it do?
Not sure how to answer that one...other than this: when fed compatible video signals, it can display the image information more accurately than pretty much any other TV on the market. If you send it the information for a pristine image, such as that from a good blu-ray, the result is nothing short of stunning. If you send it the information for a mediocre image, such as that from most TV tuners and media streamers, it will accurately reveal them in all their mediocrity.
What it cannot
do is magically make a crappy signal look great.
I'm trying to decide on a device, such as Apple tv or Roku xds, for streaming movies, Internet tv and allow internet capability. I have a Macbook pro unibody with wireless through my airport extreme running on high speed internet.
I know I'm silly but I was hoping that both the Macbook pro and Elite would be able to find one another through bluetooth. I wish it were that simple.
The Elite does not have bluetooth connectivity, nor does it have ethernet connectivity for media playback. Your sources must feed the panel a video signal through one of the video inputs (HDMI, component, or composite).
I have a mini DVI port on my macbook pro and just ordered a DVI to HDMI converter. What do I do next? I need some HDMI cables but from what I've read they say they're all the same... is this true? Once I hook up to HDMI how do I get sound? Do I need more cables for that as well? And, once I connect all the cables how do I manage the computer-TV experience?
I tried to find the Pioneer site that would give me some info but they no longer have the TV's on the site because they no longer make them.
DVI does not include audio signals, so even though you would be converting it to HDMI, you will
need separate audio cables. HDMI cables are not all the same....cheap ones tend to have poor terminations that are prone to poor connections. Also, the HDMI specs have evolved as bandwidth requirements have increased. Since you want to stream media, play it safe and get one that's designated a Category 2 "high-speed" cable. I'd recommend looking at Monoprice or Blue Jeans Cable.
All that aside: since the "computer-TV" experience seems pretty new to you, might I suggest you go with something more user-friendly, like an Apple TV? They aren't expensive, and they already have the proper connections you need. One good HDMI cable and you're set.
There are other similar products that perform a similar function, of course, but I'm just thinking the interface will be easy and familiar to you (as a Mac user). I think something like this would get you up and running much faster that trying to use your existing computer as an HTPC.