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    Sylvania DVD/VCR Combo Hook-up


    This is a discussion on Sylvania DVD/VCR Combo Hook-up within the DTV | HDTV Chat forums, part of the Over-the-Air (Antenna TV) category.

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      Hi,

      I would like to know if it is possible to hook-up my DVD/VCR combo unit so that I keep a "true" stereo audio effect. Listed below are the specifics:

      RCA/Venturer Converter Box - Model STB7766G1
      Sylvania DVD/VCR Combo - Model DVC840F
      Magnavox TV - Model 20MS3442/17 (possibly made by Philips?)

      To start, I've hooked up the RF cable from the converter box to the combo unit (ANT-IN).

      On the rear panel of the combo, there are 3 sections: DVD, DVD/VCR, VCR.

      Within the 1st section (DVD), there are 4 selections:
      - DIGITAL AUDIO OUT 1 AV jack (black)
      - AUDIO OUT 2 AV jacks
      .L (red)
      .R (white)
      - S-VIDEO OUT 1 s-video jack
      - COMPONENT VIDEO OUT 3 AV jacks
      .Y (green)
      .Cb/Pb (blue)
      .Cr/Pr (red)

      Within the 2nd section (DVD/VCR), there is only 1 selection:
      - AUDIO OUT 3 AV jacks
      .L (white)
      .R (red)
      .VIDEO OUT (yellow)

      Within the 3rd section (VCR):
      2 AV jacks
      .AUDIO IN (white)
      .VIDEO IN (yellow)

      Assuming I'm using the 3 AV cables (white/red/yellow) out of the converter box, where would the Right audio channel (red) go to?

      (The hookup from the DVD/VCR combo to the TV is okay using the 2nd section described above.)

      I hope I've explained this correctly. Please let me know if/how it is possible.

      Thanks, Mike
      Last edited by drb323; 02-20-2009 at 04:58 PM. Reason: correct indentation

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      What inputs are available on the TV? I've never heard of only 1 audio input unless it's a coaxial/component type connection.

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      Hi....sorry for the late response.

      The TV has both A/V and coaxial access.

      The front side has:
      A/V in1: 2 audio in (red/white) and 1 video in (yellow).

      The back side has:
      A/V in2: 2 audio in (red/white) and 1 video in (yellow).
      A/V in: Cr (red), Cb (blue), and Y (green)
      A/V out: 2 audio out (red/white) and 1 video out (yellow).
      Coaxial in: 750M ohm

      When hooked-up, everything works. What I haven't tried yet is to record something off the TV. If I do, should it be hooked-up: box -> DVD/VCR -> TV?

      If I go wall to box (coaxial), box to DVD/VCR combo (coaxial), and then combo to TV (A/V), would I get stereo sound? Or do I need to stick with A/V throughout?

      I also need to be able to work the box and TV with the DVD/VCR combo to be a pass-thru (turned off).

      Thanks, Mike
      Last edited by drb323; 02-27-2009 at 11:51 AM. Reason: added additional comment

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      Quote Originally Posted by drb323 View Post
      If I go wall to box (coaxial), box to DVD/VCR combo (coaxial), and then combo to TV (A/V), would I get stereo sound? Or do I need to stick with A/V throughout?
      That would be the ideal setup for you IMHO and the easiest to setup. You will get stereo sound if you use coaxial. I wonder why your TV has component type connections if it doesn't have a digital tuner? Maybe it's HD Ready?

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      RCA and Coaxial will provide stereo sound, but RCA will provide a better picture. If you've got s-video, that'll offer an even better picture quality than RCA, but there are only a few converter boxes on the market with s-video output.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron62 View Post
      That would be the ideal setup for you IMHO and the easiest to setup. You will get stereo sound if you use coaxial. I wonder why your TV has component type connections if it doesn't have a digital tuner? Maybe it's HD Ready?
      Think he's going to go with an RCA connection but, irregardless, you'll still get stereo sound with that setup.

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      Thanks for the input. At the moment, I am using both coaxial and A/V. I did have to insert a 'Y' A/V connector from box to combo for Audio IN (red/white). In the morning, I'll take a closer look on how everything is setup. If possible, I'm going to take a pic of the back of the DVD/VCR combo panel and try to post it. Can this site post pictures? What's the KB limit?

      I am able to get stereo sound while viewing either DVD or VCR, however, I think anything broadcasting from the TV/box, is in mono...or at least that's what the screen displays on CH3. My TV is not HD (as was earlier stated).

      I'll keep in touch......tks again!

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      If this works, I have 3 attached files: SDC10629 (TV), SDC10630 (DVD/VCR Combo), and SDC10632 (front of TV showing MONO).

      For SDC10629, I'm using the middle row marked IN2 plus the coaxial.

      For SDC10630, I'm using the second from the right column marked DVD/VCR, and the farthest right column marked VCR. Note that the AUDIO IN has only 1 connection, so my feed from the converter box has to be connected with a 'Y'.

      For SDC10632, CH3 shows the MONO display when watching TV.

      Thanks,

      Mike
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      Quote Originally Posted by drb323 View Post
      If this works, I have 3 attached files: SDC10629 (TV), SDC10630 (DVD/VCR Combo), and SDC10632 (front of TV showing MONO).

      For SDC10629, I'm using the middle row marked IN2 plus the coaxial.

      For SDC10630, I'm using the second from the right column marked DVD/VCR, and the farthest right column marked VCR. Note that the AUDIO IN has only 1 connection, so my feed from the converter box has to be connected with a 'Y'.

      For SDC10632, CH3 shows the MONO display when watching TV.

      Thanks,

      Mike
      Third picture is Ace Ventura right?!? Love that movie. Never in my life have I seen an input like the one on your SDC10630. Hmm, You're going to need an AB switch or RF modulator and connect into that before you connect into your TV.

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      Yep...."Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls"...aaaaaall-righty then!.

      Anyway, I've got everything hooked up using both coax AND A/V cables: box to combo to TV. I am able to work everything: DVD, VCR, and TV. I am even able to switch and watch all 3...just toggling between the combo's VCR/TV button and the A/V button. And that all depends what I'm watching - either CH3 or Line1. The only thing I haven't tried yet is to record to a VHS tape. I'll do that tomorrow. For the A/V connection from the box to DVD/VCR combo, I did end up just using a 'Y' connector into the AUDIO IN (connecting white/red).

      I'm not going to get into the AB switch or RF modulator. The sound is okay, and if it isn't real stereo, well....I can live with that. Unless I can find a movie that has distinct stereo separation, I think I'm set.

      Thanks!
      Last edited by drb323; 03-06-2009 at 06:50 AM. Reason: wrong movie referenced

     

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