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bamthud
02-22-2008, 01:35 PM
Ok...I could really use some advice about the best way to do my hook-up. I made a nice little diagram but it won't let me post the link.
if you want to try to go to it delete the spaces img. photobucket . com / albums / v499 / mandy79 / tvhookupdiagram.jpg

otherwise:

HDTV---2 (red-blue-green) inputs; 2 (red-white-yellow) input and 1output; 2 (s-video) inputs; 2 (coax cable) inputs--- one is labeled analog the other DTV; a (DVI) input; (Optical audio) input --- and one labeled (DVI optical) input --- and one labeled output; as well as 2 (orange-white) inputs; there are a few others but they are to hook up a computer so I'm not including them.

DVD Recorder--- (red-white-yellow) 2 in and 1 out; (red-blue-green) out; (HDMI) out; (optical audio) out; (S-video) 2 in and 1 out; and of course (coax) in and out

HD Cable Box--- (red-white-yellow) 2 in 1 out; (red-blue-green) out; (orange-white) out; (S-video) out; (optical audio) out; and (coax) in and out

In addition We also have a cheap surround sound system which has 3 (red-white) inputs; and (yellow) in and out ---this is not necessary to use.

Also we have a VCR--- (red-white-yellow) in and out; (coax) in and out --- this only needs to hook to the TV for tape viewing

if I haven't yet lost you ---- our current hookup is the CB to the DVD via (red-white-s-video) ----then the DVD to the TV via (red-blue-green-optical audio) and DVD to surround sound via (red-white) ---- we have the VCR to the TV via (red-white-yellow) and we have the (coax) from the wall to the CB to the DVD to the TV.

With this setup the local HD channels come in with black bars around all sides of the screen (squared in) and the Rest of the HD channels come in with the bars on the top and bottom of the screen. The DVD is suppose to upconvert but I think only if you use the HDMI...will using HDMI-DVI change the black bars? Is it worth the price to get the new cables (they have to be at least 6.5 feet long)? What hook-up would you suggest???? HELP PLEASE!!!!

Bigloww
02-22-2008, 02:17 PM
Ok...I could really use some advice about the best way to do my hook-up. I made a nice little diagram but it won't let me post the link.
if you want to try to go to it delete the spaces img. photobucket . com / albums / v499 / mandy79 / tvhookupdiagram.jpg

otherwise:

HDTV---2 (red-blue-green) inputs; 2 (red-white-yellow) input and 1output; 2 (s-video) inputs; 2 (coax cable) inputs--- one is labeled analog the other DTV; a (DVI) input; (Optical audio) input --- and one labeled (DVI optical) input --- and one labeled output; as well as 2 (orange-white) inputs; there are a few others but they are to hook up a computer so I'm not including them.

DVD Recorder--- (red-white-yellow) 2 in and 1 out; (red-blue-green) out; (HDMI) out; (optical audio) out; (S-video) 2 in and 1 out; and of course (coax) in and out

HD Cable Box--- (red-white-yellow) 2 in 1 out; (red-blue-green) out; (orange-white) out; (S-video) out; (optical audio) out; and (coax) in and out

In addition We also have a cheap surround sound system which has 3 (red-white) inputs; and (yellow) in and out ---this is not necessary to use.

Also we have a VCR--- (red-white-yellow) in and out; (coax) in and out --- this only needs to hook to the TV for tape viewing

if I haven't yet lost you ---- our current hookup is the CB to the DVD via (red-white-s-video) ----then the DVD to the TV via (red-blue-green-optical audio) and DVD to surround sound via (red-white) ---- we have the VCR to the TV via (red-white-yellow) and we have the (coax) from the wall to the CB to the DVD to the TV.

With this setup the local HD channels come in with black bars around all sides of the screen (squared in) and the Rest of the HD channels come in with the bars on the top and bottom of the screen. The DVD is suppose to upconvert but I think only if you use the HDMI...will using HDMI-DVI change the black bars? Is it worth the price to get the new cables (they have to be at least 6.5 feet long)? What hook-up would you suggest???? HELP PLEASE!!!!

Sorry, I am a little confused on your setup explanation, but I got the gist, I think..

1st: MAKE SURE to go component video out (red,green and blue) from the Cable box directly to the TV's component input for video and analog red and white for audio. It appears you are going through the DVD recorder for video from the STB and that is probably why you are NOT getting HD.
If your SS system has digital audio inputs like optical (you only said analog), connect it that way. If not, just go analog red and white to it instead of the TV if you like (or split it to both)..

2nd: Connect your DVD-R to the cable STB via the S-video input on the DVD-R and connect the component video out to the TV's component 2. Same as audio above in 1st. Use optical if possible, if not, use analog red and white RCA to the SS and or TV.

3rd: VCR.. Just connect that via composite (yellow) or s-video if it has it to the TV. Then use RCA analog audio to the TV.I assume you will be using the DVD-R for recording shows instead of the VCR, so I will leave it at that. You can connect the VCR to DVD-R when you want to transfer VHS to DVD...


I hope I addressed all you components and did so correctly. Please elaborate more if I did't..

bamthud
02-22-2008, 02:38 PM
ok that is one way I was thinking...now my question becomes should I invest in a second set of component (red-blue-green) cables for the DVD to TV connections or would I be better off investing in a HDMI to DVI cable which would (I think) utilize the Upconverter in the DVD?

And will I be able to find one that doesn't cost me and arm and a leg and is still long enough?

Thanks

Scottnot
02-22-2008, 03:23 PM
ok that is one way I was thinking...now my question becomes should I invest in a second set of component (red-blue-green) cables for the DVD to TV connections or would I be better off investing in a HDMI to DVI cable which would (I think) utilize the Upconverter in the DVD?
Yes, if you want to use the DVD as an upscaler, you need to use HDMI.

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