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Connect HDTV, HD Satellite TV box, DVD/VCR Combo unit and Surround Sound Receiver

This connection involves a HD Satellite TV box, HDTV, DVD/VCR Combo unit and Audio/Video Receiver.


o HD Satellite TV service
o HD Satellite box
o DVD/VCR Combo unit
o Audio/Video Receiver with 5.1 surround sound
o Audio/Video RCA cables (1-yellow, 1-red & 1-white audio).
o RF coaxial cables (RG-6).
o HDMI cables
o Optical digital audio cables


• built-in stereo speakers

• A/V inputs, including:
• Component video
• composite video
• RF input for antenna/cable signals
• Audio Out (stereo)
• HDMI inputs


• Standard VHS VCR Hi-Fi Stereo
• Standard DVD Player/Recorder
• RF input; RF output
• Composite audio/video inputs and outputs
• NTSC and ATSC tuners
• Up-Converting Output
• Video
System NTSC


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

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

Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz

Hook up DIAGRAM - HDTV, HD Satellite Converter box, DVD/VCR Combo, A/V Receiver

Cables Connections and explanation:

A Satellite TV provider is used to receive TV signals.

1. Connect a HDMI cable from satellite box to HDTV. This is for watching HDTV.

2. Connect RCA video and audio cables from satellite box composite output to DVD/VCR composite Line input. This is for recording TV shows.

3. Connect HDMI cable from DVD/VCR HDMI Output to HDTV HDMI input. Note: if DVD/VCR combo unit does not have HDMI output, then use the component video output. Connect green, blue, red RCA cables to HDTV green, blue, red inputs and also connect white and red analog audio cables from combo unit to HDTV analog audio inputs (white and red).

4. Connect Optical cable from Satellite box digital audio optical output to Receiver's Optical digital audio input. This allows 5.1 surround sound bitstream to A/V receiver for processing and output to loudspeakers. Note: Some TV shows do not provide 5.1 surround sound.

5. Connect Optical cable from DVD unit digital audio optical output to Receiver's alternate optical digital audio input. This allows 5.1 surround sound bitstream from DVD-Video to A/V receiver for processing and output to loudspeakers.

Why would you want this configuration?

o To view TV shows.
o To record TV shows to DVD/VHS recorder.
o Play recordings to TV.
o Play DVD-Video to HDTV.
o Listen to surround sound.

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, DVD/VHS recorder will need to be set to the proper input depending on your source. Select proper input source on the TV to watch DVD/VHS or satellite TV. Select proper input source on DVD/VCR to record 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. Consult owner's manual here.

TV Channels are selected on the satellite converter box using the remote control for the box. The satellite converter box will output on the 3 RCA cables audio/video line output. The DVD/VCR outputs on line output using HDMI cable.

Combo VCR/DVD, Satellite connection to HDMI AVR and TV

If your combo unit has HDMI out for the DVD and your TV and Audio Video Receiver have HDMI, you can send surround sound from DVD to the AVR for processing. The video is sent from DVD through AVR to TV. The VCR is only standard video definition and only 2-channel stereo. Most satellite receivers still offer RCA cable connections for video (yellow) and audio (white and red) hookup to a recorder. Playback for the VCR can be through an older audio video receiver or to the TV. Many newer TVs with HDMI inputs have a mini-plug AV input for composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (white and red). The audio from the VCR could be connected to the AVR white and red audio inputs for enhanced sound.

Satellite Receiver sends high-def video and surround sound to the AVR using the HDMI output. Satellite Receiver sends standard-def video and stereo audio to recorder or to TV.

Combo VCR/DVD sends DVD video and audio to AVR using HDMI. Surround sound from DVD processed on AVR and sent to loudspeakers. AVR sends video to TV using HDMI Out. VCR side takes composite video and 2-channel audio from satellite receiver output for recording. VCR playback to TV or older AVR if loudspeakers are desired.

AVR takes output from satellite receiver and DVD for surround sound and sends video to TV.

High Definition TV with HDMI ARC/eARC takes output from AVR. Also could take output from VCR.

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