Finally, can record a decent picture!
First, my setup.
TV--Panasonic TC P50X1 plasma (2009). Not 4K.
Cable STB--Arris DCX 3600M.
Blu-Ray player, but not part of the equation. No VCR, digital audio...
For regular tv viewing, I go straight from the STB to the TV using hdmi. I would rate the picture 8/10. Good enough for me. Those 4K pictures freak me out for some reason!
To record, up until today, I was using all composite connections--video (+ red/white audio) to go from STB to DVDR. Then composite video (+ red/white audio) from DVDR to TV. Just an ok picture on recordings. About 5/10, comparable to a dvd of an 80s movie.
I made just one change--from STB to DVDR, I'm now using an hdmi to composite (not component) converter. (This converter plugs into an outlet for power. It also has an S-Video output, which gave me no picture.) The connection from DVDR to TV remained composite. The picture is now a solid 7+/10 (and the recording is just as good.) A step down from going directly from STB to TV via hdmi, but not a huge step down. (I also have tried component instead of composite, from DVDR to TV, and there is no discernible difference.)
I would think the 'weakest link' concept applies--if anything uses composite along the way, at best you should get a 'composite quality' picture. But, that's not the case here.
So, why does an hdmi-to-componsite converter get such an improved picture over my connection using composite only? (Plus, why don't I have to use an hdmi splitter to be able to record?) No idea. I am very pleased with the picture, and I certainly would like to know why the picture improved so much, for future reference.
Last edited by mt532; 10-10-2017 at 10:08 AM.