How best to integrate DVD player into viera link home theater?
My current setup:
Panasonic TH-50PX80U 720P Plasma TV (2008 model) with Viera Link and 3 HDMI ports
Panasonic SC-PT760 DVD Home Theater Sound System with Viera Link and a broken DVD player -- all other aspects of the home theater work fine -- just cannot play DVDs. This all-in-one home theater in a box has one HDMI port.
I've got the cable box going into one of the three HDMI ports on the TV, the home theater box going into the second, and a Roku going into the third. In this configuration, all HDMI ports are currently spoken for. It seems that anything connecting to the TV through HDMI (Roku) passes through to the Home Theater without difficulty so I'm not sure what the Viera Link does except interface the now broken DVD player function of the Home Theater box.
I need to integrate a new DVD player because the one in the Home Theater unit is broken. I'm not sure how to do this and have a number of questions:
Should/could I simply get an HDMI switch and have the new DVD player share one HDMI port with the Roku? I would have to manually switch between the two devices but that wouldn't be burdensome to me. Or, should I simply set up the new DVD player using non-HDMI imput methods (i.e., RCA cables)? At 720P, would I notice any difference?
If yes to the HDMI switch question above, will the new DVD player work (sound and image) seamlessly through the current setup as the Roku does currently or does it need some sort of Viera Link compatibility?
Or, is there some other entirely different approach that I should be taking with regard to this problem?
I usually don't play DVDs at all but have a DVD instructional course I need to access and have no way currently to do that. So I'm looking for a DVD player and most importantly advice how best to hook it up.
Thanks very much for all suggestions and advice!
This forum has always been very helpful.
Last edited by email4eric; 07-12-2014 at 12:20 PM.