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Audio/Video Hookup Diagram
HDTV, VCR, DVD player, DVD recorder, HD over-the-air TV receiver, Satellite TV receiver (FTA)


The components in this setup consist of a HDTV, a standard NTSC VCR, a NTSC DVD player, a NTSC DVD recorder, a High Definition ATSC over-the-air TV receiver and a digital free-to-air (FTA) satellite receiver.

What capabilities do you want out of the cable configuration?

1) You want to watch High-Definition television provided by the OTA ATSC TV receiver on the HDTV.
2) You want to watch satellite TV from the FTA satellite TV receiver.
3) You want to be able to record a TV show from the FTA satellite receiver on the VCR or DVD recorder.
4) You want to be able to record a TV show from the ATSC TV receiver on the VCR or DVD recorder.
5) You want to be able to play a DVD-Video in the DVD player and watch on the HDTV.
6) You want to be able to record a DVD on the DVD recorder of a VHS tape from the VCR.

Assumptions:

There is no A/V receiver in this setup.
Without an A/V receiver, there will be no decoding of digital audio  (i.e.; no Dolby Digital 5.1 audio) which
could be provided by the DVD player or the ATSC TV receiver or the FTA digital satellite receiver.

The FTA satellite TV receiver has the following outputs: 
RF, RCA composite video, S-video, RCA analog stereo audio, SPDIF digital audio.

The VCR and the DVD recorder have RF inputs and outputs and RCA composite A/V inputs and outputs.

The HDTV has a RF input, a DVI input, analog stereo audio inputs, two RCA composite video inputs, 
component video input and S-video input.

The ATSC TV receiver has a DVI output, analog stereo audio outputs, a composite video output, S-video output,
component video output, SPDIF digital audio output and a RF input.

The DVD player has composite, S-video and component video outputs plus SPDIF audio and analog audio outputs.

The hookup:

You need the following cables:

Three RF coax cables.
Four RCA A/V composite (3) cables.
One DVI cable (or HDMI cable).
One pair of stereo audio RCA cables.

Description:

Just watch over-the-air terrestrial TV.

Connect the DVI cable from the ATSC TV receiver's DVI output to the HDTV DVI input. This provides High-Def video. Next connect a pair of stereo RCA audio cables (red and white) from the analog audio output of the ATSC TV receiver to the HDTV analog audio input. This provides sound to the HDTV. The DVI and stereo audio cables allow a "TV watching only" mode involving the ATSC receiver and the HDTV. 

Just watch free-to-air satellite TV.

Now connect a RF coax cable from the FTA satellite receiver RF output (TV OUT) to the RF input of the VCR. Connect another RF coax cable from the VCR's RF output to the DVD recorder's RF input. Now connect another RF coax cable from the DVD recorder's RF output to the HDTV's RF input. These connections provide a TV signal from the FTA satellite TV receiver to the HDTV. The VCR and the DVD recorder will "pass thru" the signal over the RF cables when not turned on. Since the FTA satellite receiver outputs on channel 3 (RF coax cable), set the TV to channel 3.

Record FTA satellite TV on the VCR or DVD recorder.

Select a channel on the FTA satellite receiver. The satellite receiver outputs the RF signal on channel 3 or 4 whichever one you select. Let's say we're going to use channel 3. By setting the VCR to channel 3 and the DVD recorder to channel 3 and the HDTV to channel 3, you can record the source signal on VHS or DVD. The VCR outputs to the DVD recorder so you have to be sure to select channel 3 for all inputs. Make sure the VCR output is on channel 3.

Record over-the-air terrestrial TV on the VCR or DVD recorder.

Select a channel on the OTA tuner. If the program is High-Definition you cannot record the High-Def signal on a standard NTSC VCR or standard NTSC DVD recorder. However, the OTA TV tuner will convert the signal and output to the lower resolution jacks such as composite video. Connect a RCA composite video cable and two analog audio cables (red and white) from the ATSC tuner's outputs to the VCR's line inputs. Yellow to yellow, red to red and white to white. Now connect another 3 cable RCA composite A/V set from the VCR's line output to the DVD recorder's line inputs. Now connect another 3 cable RCA composite A/V set from the DVD recorder's line output to the HDTV composite A/V line input. By connecting these analog audio and video cables from the ATSC receiver all the way thru to the TV, you can record to the VCR or the DVD recorder and watch on the TV. You must select the proper LINE INPUT on the VCR and the DVD recorder and the TV. Use L1 (line one) consistently and you will be able to get a signal where you want it to be. This setup allows VHS tapes (non-commercial) to be copied to blank recordable DVD on the DVD recorder.

Watch DVD-Video or listen to CD using DVD player.

Connect the DVD player to the HDTV using a composite video cable and two RCA analog audio cables. Connect a yellow composite video cable from the DVD player's composite video output to a second line input on the HDTV. Connect a pair of analog audio cables (red and white) from the DVD player's stereo audio output to the same secondary line input on the HDTV. By selecting the L2 line input on the TV, you can watch movies or listen to CD music on the TV. If the HDTV is only a monitor and has no speakers, you can hookup the audio to a stereo system receiver AUX input or A/V receiver or amplifier with loudspeakers.



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2-Input RF remote switch with infrared remote control.

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A/B Radio Frequency switcher

These IR remote controlled RF A/B selectors are used for switching between A and B coax cables, or between two TV antennas, or between RF outputs of two VCR's, satellite boxes, or cable boxes. The box connects to standard 75 ohm coaxial cable with F-connectors.

The IR Remote control sequences the power between ON and OFF. The other button sequences between inputs A and B. When power is turned off, the unit returns to the B selection. Letters on the front of the unit illuminate to tell you which cable is selected.

If you plan to use an automated IR controller to operate the unit, keep in mind it does not have an explicit command for selecting A or B. To get around this, you can sequence the power OFF and ON with an appliance or other switching module. This will reset it to the B cable.

Remote Controlled A/B Switches for RF coaxial cables approximate cost is around $34.95

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