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November 9, 2005, 11:32 am
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I have a Sony KDE-37XS955 and I would like to record to VCR and/or use
the Picture-In-Picture function.
Currently the chain is HDbox to Receiver (via component video & TOSlink
audio) -> Receiver to TV (via component video).
The VCR is S-video.
1. Should I split the cable before or after the HD Box?
2. Should the "cable out" from the VCR connect to the "cable in" or the
"VHF/UHF" in on the TV?
Re: PIP/Recording to VCR
In regards to using the VCR, it's up to you. What *I* did was split the
cable before the box. So cable from the wall goes into a splitter and from
there, one cable into the box and one cable into the VCR. The box is hooked
to the receiver -- both audio and video. The VCR is hooked to the
receiver -- both audio and video. And video from receiver goes to the TV.
There are a few advantages/disadvantages to this.
The disadvantage is that I can't record channels that are higher than 125.
Not a big deal for me, since all the channels I want to record are lower
than 126 anyway. And if I missed a show that was on a channel higher than
125, there's always timeshifting.
Would I get higher picture quality if the cable went from the box to the
VCR? I don't know. I doubt it. And the VCR would just downmix the 5.1 to
One advantage is that I switch everything at the receiver. I don't have to
bother with switching at the TV at all. I just don't want to make things
complicated for myself. Another advantage is that when I want to set the
VCR to record something, I set only the VCR. I don't have to set the box to
have certain channels on at certain times so that the VCR gets the right
Now, bear in mind, I'm a novice at this stuff. I'm discovering new things
about Home Theatre all the time. So don't necessarily go by my word. Best
to get as many opinions as you can, and also try out as many things as you
can and then decide which works best for you.
Re: PIP/Recording to VCR
He specifically asked about picture-in-picture capability. Can he do
that if every source routes into the receiver? He'll then have only a
single feed into his TV.
My TV will not use the component input for PIP - or TVI or HDMI or PC
either (a silly error but not significant enough for me to buy
I'd split the cable before the HD box and run one into the HD box then
through the receiver (if you choose to) and the other to the VCR. Run
components from the receiver to the TV and run cable from the VCR to
the "cable in" of the TV. You'll be limited on the channels you can
watch like vij says but you'll be able to use your PIP capability.
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