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VCR / DVD Combo TV Connect

The VCR/DVD Combo unit is a VHS video cassette recorder (VCR) and a DVD player or recorder in a single unit. You can play or record VHS tapes, play DVD and some units can record DVD, plus copy or dub from VHS to DVD if the unit can record DVD.

Older units had RCA cable connections with an NTSC analog TV tuner. Some newer units have NTSC/ATSC TV tuners so you can record digital TV broadcasts. Optical or RCA coaxial digital audio output was usually provided for DVD surround sound through an audio/video receiver.

Newer units may have HDMI output for upconversion of DVD to a High-Def TV. (Some will upconvert VHS tapes as well through HDMI but most will not.) Brands include Sony, Panasonic, LG, Magnavox and many more.

Connecting Combo VCR/DVD to Smart TV to play VHS or DVD

Rear of Combo Unit

Smart TVs may only have HDMI inputs. If your TV only has HDMI inputs, you need a converter to connect an old combo unit without an HDMI output. The converter will take the RCA cables as input (yellow, white, red) and output HDMI to the TV. These RCA to HDMI converters are available at Best Buy and Amazon. Make sure to get RCA to HDMI and not HDMI to RCA.

RCA cable INPUTS from Combo unit


Hookup Diagram - Combo VCR DVD to Smart TV

Connect 3 RCA cables to combo unit RCA Outputs and the other ends to the 3 RCA inputs on the converter. Next connect an HDMI cable to the converter HDMI output and the other end of the HDMI cable to the TV HDMI input. Be sure the converter is plugged into power. Be sure to select the correct HDMI input on the TV using the TV remote. Play a VHS tape or a DVD on the unit and view on TV.

BestBuy converter

VCR/DVD Combo unit with remote control

Play (and record) your VHS videocassettes and play DVD and CD formats in a single combo device. DVD/VCR Progressive Scan Combo Player lets you enjoy your DVDs, VHS videos, and your CD-based digital media files.

Media formats:

VHS and S-VHS tapes
DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW, CD
homemade MP3 CDs and JPEG picture CDs (including Kodak Picture CD).

VCRPlus+ timer recording NTSC TV tuner for recording Progressive Scan Output at 480p with compatible pre-recorded DVD (also requires Component Video connection)

Compatible Formats:


DVD - Coaxial digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS
2 sets of A/V outputs
1 for DVD (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video, HDMI),
1 for DVD/VCR (composite) / 2 sets A/V inputs (composite), including 1 front-panel;
RF input/output Digital Video Upconversion -

HDMI Selectable 720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface for DVD mode only.

Front A/V inputs to quickly view recorded videos from a camcorder.

Hi-Fi stereo VCR.

Auto clock and channel set-up, VCR features include 8-event timer recording, two record settings (SP/EP), quasi S-VHS playback, four 19-micron video heads (for optimized EP recording), and flash rewind.

a digital optical audio ouput, enabling Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound capability.

Other connection options include:
Component video (YPbPr; 480i/480p): 1 Out (DVD)
HDMI: 1 Out (DVD)
Composite AV (RCA): 2 Out; 2 In (1 front, 1 rear)
RF: 2 (in and out)


HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any AV source with an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

Component video

If your TV does not have an HDMI input connection, for DVDs, use the three-jack (green, blue, red) component video (Y/Pb/Pr) output, which provides separate connections for luminance (Y), blue color difference (PB) and red color difference (PR). This results in increased bandwidth for color information, resulting in a more accurate picture with clearer color reproduction and less bleeding than you would get with S-Video or composite (RCA yellow video plug) connections. Component video output is available only for DVD playback. HDMI output is for DVD only.

Composite video

The yellow, white and red RCA cables are used to connect the VCR Input and Output for recording (IN) and playback (OUT). Usually the composite OUTPUT can be used for the DVD also but this is not the best connection. Use HDMI or component video for DVD playback.

HDMI Out on far left, optical and coaxial digital audio Out for DVD and the component video/audio Out for DVD

On the far right, the RF coaxial IN for TV antenna, RF coaxial OUT to TV, the VCR LINE INPUT (yellow, white, red) and the VCR/DVD LINE OUT (yellow, white, red) for video and audio.

Connect HDTV, HD Cable box and DVD/VCR Combo unit

This connection involves a HD Cable TV box, HDTV and DVD/VCR Combo unit.


o HD Cable TV service
o HD Cable box
o DVD/VCR Combo unit
o Audio/Video RCA cables (1-yellow, 1-red & 1-white audio).
o RF coaxial cables (RG-6).
o Component video cables


• built-in stereo speakers

• A/V inputs, including:
• 1 Component video
• 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 front)
• 1 S-video
• RF input for antenna/cable signals
• 1 Audio Out (stereo)


• Standard VHS VCR Hi-Fi Stereo
• Standard DVD Player
• RF input; RF output
• Composite audio/video inputs and outputs
• VHF/UHF cable ready tuner
• Video
System NTSC


Audio/Video Composite - x1 (RCA)
RF Antenna - x1 (Coaxial)

Audio/Video Composite - x1 (RCA)
RF (TV Out) - x1 (Coaxial)

Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz

How to connect VCR/DVD Combo to flat screen TV with only HDMI

If your VCR/DVD Combo unit has an HDMI Output on the rear, you can connect directly to the flat screen TV using an HDMI cable. This will give you the best picture for DVDs.

If your Combo unit does not have an HDMI Out, but has the green, blue, red video with white and red audio Outputs, then you need an adapter for HDMI hookup to the TV. If your TV has the green, blue, red Inputs, then you can connect directly to the TV using 3 RCA cables for video (green, blue, red) and 2 RCA cables for audio (white and red). This is for the DVD.

DVD has a better video resolution than VHS, hence the need for a better cable connection.

For the VCR connection to a HDMI only TV, you need an adapter.

Hook up DIAGRAM - HDTV, Cable Converter box, DVD/VCR Combo

Cables Connections and explanation:

A Cable TV provider is used to receive TV signals.

1. Connect a component video cable from cable box to HDTV. Also analog RCA audio cables. This is for watching HDTV.

2. Connect RCA video and audio cables from cable box output to DVD/VCR Line input.

3. Connect RCA video and audio cables from DVD/VCR Line Output to HDTV inputs.

You can use the component video output on the DVD player if desired. Some combo units require you to set a switch to select component video output. Connect 2-channel audio also.

Why would you want this configuration?

o To view TV shows.
o To record TV shows to VHS recorder.
o To watch one TV show while recording another on a VCR.
o Play recordings to TV.
o Play DVD-Video to HDTV.

What can you do with this configuration?

o Watch TV, record TV shows and play back

What settings do you need for this configuration?

The TV, and VHS recorder will need to be set to the proper input source. Select proper input source on the TV to watch VHS or cable TV. Select correct input source on VCR to record cable TV. The input sources can be selected usually by using the remote control buttons for the respective devices. Buttons such as LINE or VIDEO or AUX or INPUT SELECT or an actual channel such as 93 or 00 or 99 depending on your brand. Usually the remote for the combo unit will have a button or switch to select the VCR or the DVD. Consult owner's manual here.

When turned ON, the VCR will output on the three RCA cables to the TV. Set the TV to LINE input to view the VCR output. Use INPUT SELECT or VIDEO or AUX button on the TV remote control to select the proper input source.

Example of selecting proper line input:

You want to record a VHS tape on the VCR using A/V inputs and view on the TV.

1. Select L1 line input on the VCR to receive the output from the converter box which is using audio/video (3 RCA) outputs.

2. Select line input on the TV for the VCR's input signal.

TV Channels are selected on the cable converter box using the remote control for the box. The cable converter box will output on channel 3 or 4 (VHF) using the RF cable connection and output to the 3 RCA cables audio/video line output. The VCR outputs on line output using 3 RCA cables. VCR must be set to channel 3 or 4 if using the RF coaxial connection.

Record to VHS tapes from digital broadcast TV stations, cable TV, satellite TV, playback tapes, DVDs to TV.

HDMI out from combo unit to TV with HDMI input.
Surround sound digital audio out to Audio/Video Receiver with attached loudspeakers.

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