Originally Posted by HHank
Thanks much DigaDo, but I still don't understand how to set-up the system. Both the Toshiba D-VR660 and the Magnavox ZV450MW8 have *Identical* pages in their respective manuals concerning hook up configuration, and they both say: "RF output is for tuner pass- through only, DVD playback through the RF is not possible". (whatever that means) What I don't quite understand is what to do with the RF? out on the Combo. It appears to be a "screw on" coaxial cable connection. The splitter has one "In" connection and two "out" connections right? One goes to the converter box "In" and then it's "out" coax goes to the TV. The other side of the splitter coax goes to the Combo's "In" but what about the "screw in" connection "out" on the recorder? I know you've said that the "red, yellow, and white cables come from the Combo's "out" slots and then go into the TV's Video, and Audio (L&R) connections but they are not "screw in" inputs are they?. There is nothing left to go to this screw in output is there? I'm afraid that they're going to find me standing in the middle of the freeway during rush hour reciting Scripture at the top of my lungs! HA!! You should be paid for putting up with us! And to make all of this even more confusing is the fact that I currently own and daily use a Toshiba DVD/VCR Combo (analog) that records multiple shows while I'm away, and allows me to watch one channel while viewing another and plays DVD movies (with zoom) all through one simple connection: Antenna to "In" on Combo and antenna "out" to TV! No red, yellow, or white connections. I was happy, and satisfied. But "NOOOOO!!" now this digital change over has made my entertainment life miserable. I might add that the signal from my roof antenna is already split three ways. One to the 54" TV in the living room (which is only used for DVD'S on weekends) and two other TV's in other rooms, one of which is a 34" JVC in my Den where I have all of this equipment that we've been discussing hooked up. Thanks again
The idea is to maintain signal quality by avoiding a split in coax feeds, that's why I suggested the Philips 3576 or Magnavox 2160 with their amplified RF outputs.
A splitter may be used in two ways, an "input" may be used as an "output" and "outputs" may be used as "inputs."
RF coax cable and connectors are threaded with either a press-on or threaded connection.
Component, composite and audio connectors are of the press-on RCA type, color-coded according to purpose. Component video uses the adjacent red/blue/green set, composite video uses the yellow, and both component and composite require the use of the audio white/red set. S-Video is a somewhat larger round connection with pins/sockets, and also requires use of the audio white/red set. HDMI is a flat metal connector/jack that is not found on older TVs.
The owner's manuals you quote deal with the practical reality of an "unmodulated" (threaded) RF output, i.e., RF pass through ONLY with no DVD playback functionality. It appears that these combo recorders do not
modulate the RF output, a different arrangement than that of other combo recorders with which I am familiar. That means that viewing a DVD, (and perhaps a videotape as well) is ONLY POSSIBLE through the non RF combo recorder outputs. (For clarification of videotape playback see that section of those user manuals.)
Those manuals indicate that the threaded RF output does not output digital signals. Combo recorders and DVD recorders with digital and analog tuners convert digital signals to analog signals and output those signals through composite and S-Video outputs. HD "ready" TVs (without a digital/HD tuner) will have digital and HD display capability through component and HDMI inputs. A CECB converts digital signals to analog signals and outputs those analog signals through composite and RF (and in a few models, S-Video).
My 2/16 and 2/17 posts describe different connection methods for various purposes. The pertinent connection method suggested in my 2/16 post (is) "the unmodulated RF output would allow connecting the antenna directly to the DVD recorder with the recorder's threaded RF output connected to the TV's threaded RF input with no loss in signal quality or the analog pass through digital converter box could be connected to the DVD recorder's RF output and then to the TVs RF input. The DVD recorder outputs, component, S-Video or composite would be connected to the corresponding TV input . . . Then use your TV remote to select among the inputs for viewing/setting up recordings and other purposes."
My 2/17 post clarifies operational characteristics of modulated/unmodulated RF outputs.
The user manuals describe and illustrate different connection methods. Wajo also describes and illustrates different connection methods, found here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...9&postcount=10