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Old 12-14-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Most people have a cable/sat box and a bluray or dvd player. But then a lot of people have a game or roku etc. Don't a lot of people need three? I have a 32" Samsung and it only has two. Of course you could buy a switcher thing with more inputs. But it seems like maybe half TV owners need more than two HDMI inputs.
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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It depends on the TV. My TV has 4 HDMI ports.

What really matters is how many HDMI ports your receiver has. My receiver has 8 HDMI ports.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:44 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Just another of those things to check before buying a TV. It always lists such details on the box.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Not only should you check how many HDMI the TV has but if you have an A/V receiver with a HDMI 'arc', make sure the TV has one also. TV should have a minimum of 3 HDMI- 1 for the cable box, 1 for arc, 1 for DVD, maybe another one for blu-ray. 4 is ideal. And a opt-dig aud out is a plus.
I was in the market for a TV. Checked out the web sites for Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio, Panasonic. Wanted a 48" that was 1080, 120 with 'arc' [if you want these specs, the TV will be 'smart'] Some Brands in the same price range had only 2 HDMI and you have to make up the difference using the Component and composite connections.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Not only should you check how many HDMI the TV has but if you have an A/V receiver with a HDMI 'arc', make sure the TV has one also. TV should have a minimum of 3 HDMI- 1 for the cable box, 1 for arc, 1 for DVD, maybe another one for blu-ray. 4 is ideal. And a opt-dig aud out is a plus.
I was in the market for a TV. Checked out the web sites for Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio, Panasonic. Wanted a 48" that was 1080, 120 with 'arc' [if you want these specs, the TV will be 'smart'] Some Brands in the same price range had only 2 HDMI and you have to make up the difference using the Component and composite connections.
FWIW you should have explained what ARC is. Most people don't have a need for bidirectional HDMI which not only requires ARC components, requires ARC certified cables.

As to the OP, you get what you pay for. Many new first time HDTV owners don't know what to look for, so they purchase based on price. When they buy their second one, most will look for TVs with more ports and more usable connections. Personally I look for a TV that has four HDMI ports and work up from there.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Easily switch between up to 4 HDMI source components with an HDMI switch.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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Easily switch between up to 4 HDMI source components with an HDMI switch.
Or one can simply buy a DVD player that comes with extra inputs and not just an output (my Samsung player has two inputs)
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Easily switch between up to 4 HDMI source components with an HDMI switch.
Yea, yet one more thing sitting under the TV. No thank you.

You can still use component cables from your cable box, too. Most TV's still have those.

And no one should have a DVD Player AND a Blur Ray. Get a Blu Ray that supports DVD's...
Most do.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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You can still use component cables from your cable box, too. Most TV's still have those.

And no one should have a DVD Player AND a Blur Ray. Get a Blu Ray that supports DVD's...
Most do.

As a side note; my cable box has only HDMI and no component connections. Most newer TVs no longer have component connections. And as a personal note I have an older DVD player and a Blu Ray player because many of the first generation DVDs don't get recognized by Blu Ray players.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The key is to understand how you are looking to set your TV up, and use that as a requirement for your purchase.

None of mine have more than 1 being used. All of them are connected to an A/V receiver. It's essentially just a monitor.
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