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Connect HDTV with Digital Cable, VCR and DVD Recorder


o Digital Cable TV signal source IN (High-Definition service).
o Digital Cable TV decoder/tuner box with DVR HD capable.
o HDTV set.
o VHS stereo VCR.
o DVD Recorder.
o Audio/Video Receiver with surround sound.
o Three sets of Audio/Video RCA cables (1-yellow, 1-red & 1-white audio).
o Three RF coaxial cables (RG-6).
o One component video and one set red, white analog audio (RCA).
o One Optical digital audio.
o One Coaxial digital audio.


• built-in stereo speakers

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


• Standard VHS VCR Hi-Fi Stereo
• 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

Cable TV box

Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR

• HD and DVR
• access to SD and HD programming
? Dolby Digital
Audio Outputs:
2 composite stereo analog (left/right)
1 digital audio (optical)
1 digital audio (coaxial)

Video Outputs:
1 composite video
1 component video
1 RF audio/video out
1 S-video out


• Standard DVD Recorder
• Video out - 480i
• Output Formats: 480i
? Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Outputs:
1 composite stereo analog (left/right)
2 digital audio - optical and coaxial
Video Outputs:
2 composite video
1 component video
1 S-video

Video Inputs
2 composite video
2 S-Video
1 RF

Audio/Video Receiver


Video Inputs:
3 composite video
Video Outputs:
1 composite video
1 Monitor out
Audio Inputs:
5 analog
1 coaxial digital
1 optical digital
Audio Outputs:
2 analog

Hook up DIAGRAM - HDTV, Cable box, VCR, DVD recorder, Surround sound receiver

Cables Connections and explanation:

1. The Component video (green, red, blue) from cable TV box component video out to HDTV component video input provides video to HDTV from the cable TV box.

2. Analog audio (red, white) from cable TV box analog audio out to HDTV analog audio input provides audio to HDTV from cable TV box.

3. RF coaxial from cable TV box RF output to VCR RF input provides video and audio from cable box to VCR so that VCR can record from cable box or pass-thru analog signals via RF output on VCR.

4. Composite video and audio (yellow and red, white) from cable TV box to DVD recorder composite video/audio input. These cables provide video and audio input from cable box to DVD recorder so DVD recorder can record from cable TV box.

5. An optional connection - RF coaxial from VCR RF out to DVD recorder RF input. This would provide a pass-thru audio/video connection so the VCR could provide the cable TV box signals to the DVD recorder via VHF analog (channel 3 or 4).

6. Composite video and audio (yellow and red, white) from VCR composite out to DVD recorder composite video/audio input. This connections allows the DVD recorder to copy VHS tapes to recordable DVD.

7. Composite audio/video from DVD recorder composite audio/video out to HDTV composite audio/video input. This connection to the HDTV from the DVD recorder allows viewing on the HDTV whatever the DVD recorder is playing.

8. Optical digital audio from DVD recorder optical out to Receiver optical input. This connection sends the surround sound bitstream from a DVD-Video to the Receiver for decoding, amplification and routing to the loudspeakers.

9. Coaxial digital audio from cable TV box digital audio out to Receiver coaxial digital audio input. This connection sends the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound which is sometimes available with TV programs to the Receiver for decoding, amplification and routing to the loudspeakers.

Component video from cable TV box to HDTV provides high definition video to HDTV (if available)

Why would you want this configuration?

o To view TV shows from digital cable TV.
o To record TV shows to VHS recorder or DVD recorder.
o Play recordings to HDTV, VHS tape or DVD or DVR.
o Play DVD-Video to HDTV and listen to Dolby Digital 5.1 thru receiver.
o Listen to Dolby Digital surround sound from DVD-Video or Cable TV box.

1. Watch Cable TV programs on HDTV directly from digital cable box.
2. Record from DVR to DVD recorder.
3. Record from DVR to VCR.
4. Record from VCR to DVD recorder.
5. Watch DVD-Video from DVD recorder and listen in surround sound on receiver.
6. Listen to surround sound from Cable TV programs on receiver.
7. Play VHS tape thru DVD recorder and view on HDTV.

What can you do with this configuration?

o Watch TV, record TV shows and play back, watch DVD Video, listen to audio CD.

What settings do you need for this configuration?
The HDTV, VHS recorder and DVD recorder will need to be set to the proper input depending on your source. Select proper input source on the TV to watch DVD or VHS or Cable TV. Select proper 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. Consult owner's manual here.

Cable configuration explanation

The RF coax cable signal from the Cable TV company is available to the converter box (RG-6 coaxial).
Since digital cable channels are scrambled, you need the proprietary converter box.

RF cable OUT from Cable box connects to the VCR's Antenna INPUT. When turned OFF the VCR will "Pass-thru" the signal. The cable box usually outputs on channel 3 or 4 via the RF coaxial connection.

When turned ON, the VCR will output on channel 3 or 4 on the RF coaxial cable and also output on the three RCA cables. Set the TV on LINE input to view the VCR output.

The DVD recorder has RCA composite audio/video output. Connect to one of the TV's composite audio/video INPUTs. (3 cables - 1 yellow for video and two, red and white, for audio)

Example of selecting proper line input:

You want to play a VHS tape on the VCR and view on the TV.

1. Select L1 line input on the DVD recorder. This picks up the VCR's output.
2. Select the LINE input on the TV which has the DVD recorder's output connection.
You now can watch a VHS tape on the TV (going thru the DVD recorder). You could also record the tape to a recordable DVD. (Commercial movies are protected with anti-copy schemes. Some DVD recorders will refuse to copy a protected movie.)

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