TV Buying Guide - Mounting and Cables

Should I wall mount my TV or have it on a stand?

A properly wall-mounted TV with the cables embedded looks neat and very stylish, whereas a stand gives you greater flexibility to add your other entertainment devices, such as a Blu-ray player. You’ll need to make sure that the wall is suitable if you choose to wall mount – a cavity wall, for example, is unlikely to take the weight of a large screen TV. If you think you may add more devices to partner with your TV later on then remember, once you have wall-mounted and cabled behind walls, you may have to re-do it to add new devices.

What cables will I need for my TV and other devices?


HDMI cables are now the standard way to connect your TV to other HD compatible devices, such as a DVD, Blu-ray player or Sky box. Easy to use, both ends of the cable are identical and plug straight into the TV and device.

SCART leads

Mostly superseded by HDMI, SCART leads are still the most universal way to connect older devices to your TV. New TVs will usually have one SCART port.

Optical cables

Transfer the digital audio signal from your TV or games console to a soundbar or surround sound system and enjoy uncompressed high-resolution audio with all of your content.

Aeriel cables