Connecting DVR, TV & DVD
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How do I hook up the DVR w/ an older Panasonic TV, a DVD/VHS & Sony audio video control center? DTV came in & hooked up the DVR & I could not use the DVD. I tried to hook up DVD and lost the TV. There are a lot of wires & I do not know what goes where. I know I should be able to have everything hooked up at the same time & just switch from the TV to DVD.
Okay, first, we're going to need model numbers for everything, DVR, DVD/VHS, video control center, and television. That way, we can look up which connections each support, in which configurations, and can answer your question specifically.
The TV is Panasonic model # CT-27SC13G;
CineVision DVD/VCR dual deck model # DVR1000;
Sony audio/video control center model # STR-V220;
DirectTV Plus model # R22-2200.
You're a little short on high quality connections, with the devices you're using, but we can make do with what you have.
Your television supports one component video device for input. Connect the component video outputs (Y, Pb, Pr) from the DirecTV box to the component video inputs ("Input 1") of your television; red-to-red, blue-to-blue, green-to-green. Then, if you have an S-video cable, connect the S-video output from your DVD/VCR to the S-video input port of your television ("Input 2"). If you don't have an S-video cable, you'll use a yellow RCA cable to connect the yellow Video port under the DVD/VCR Out label on your DVD/VCR to the Video port just to the left of the S-video port on your television (still in the area labeled "Input 2"). So you'll use your television's remote to switch between these two video inputs, using the TV/Video button, choosing input 1 for the DirecTV box and input 2 for the DVD/VCR.
For audio, you're going to use red/white RCA cables, two sets. The first connects the audio outputs of your DirecTV box (L1 and R1) to the L and R ports under the TV/SAT label on the back of the Sony. The second connects the audio outputs of your DVD/VCR, Audio - R and Audio - L, under the DVD/VCR Out label of your DVD/VCR, to the L and R ports under the Audio In label, under the Video label, on the back of the Sony. You'll use the Sony's remote control to switch between the two inputs for audio.
Finally, you could also wire this up so that you can record things on your VCR. There are two approaches you can use: You can just choose to record things off of the DirecTV box, or you can choose to record things off of the television (including, perhaps, what comes off the DirecTV box). However, in either case, you've got a problem: The VCR only accepts monaural input. You'll need to have a cable that combines Right and Left tracks into a single audio input for the VCR. Anyway, for the first approach, you would connect outputs on the DirecTV box, Video Out V2 and Audio Outs L2 and R2, to inputs on the DVD/VCR under VCR In Line 1.
I hope this helps.
why not use the coax on the DTVPAL plus to the vcr then coax out to tv on the vcr to tv then connect the dvd player to the tv by the rca component cables.
I am leaving on holiday 'til the 1st and do not have time to try this right now. I will try as soon as I get back, after reading your instructions I am confident that this will resolve my problem. Thank you so much for the detail, I will let you know the outcome.