deckerspence is my mom - I'd just like to clarify somethings for you guys.
The current setup has our cable coming in through a cable box.
The cable is outputted to the DVD/VCR unit through coaxial cable. Also on the out is a AV(Red, White, Yellow) cable that goes to my DVR dock for my Archos 504.
Hooked up to the DVR is another AV cable that goes to the DVD/VCR unit.
From the DVD/VCR we have an AV output that goes to the TV monitor(Plasma, no monitors, so only video is hooked up) and a proprietary(I think) cable that goes to the woofer. The woofer also provides outputs via copper +/- wires(sorry if using wrong terminology) to each of the 5 surround sound speakers. These are the only cables we have ran.
Usage of the DVD/VCR unit - buttons allow you to swap the output from DVD to VCR. The DVD can run DVDs(cuts out after an varied period of time) or CDs(have not tested for usage). The VCR controls the cable(works fine for hours and hours), VHS(have not tested for usage), and my DVR(On AUX setting, works for full films played through my Archos 504).
The ONLY thing that changes when watching a DVD is the DVD vs. VCR setting on the unit.
lou - Remote is not defective, or I don't think so at least - have tried playing DVD from unit - just hit play on unit, not remote. Unless the muting is going on randomly, on it's own, it's not muting, but more of a sound canceling.
tiltman - I have sound during the menus, but I haven't tried it that long on just the menu. So, I hit play, and in under 10 minutes the sound "cancels".
Also, on another note, I have not tested this, but it seems like the longer the unit is off, the longer the sound will stay on(Although I had it off for over two days, it still went off inside 10 minutes.). I am not 100% sure on this though.
The only parts I have changed out are the DVD/VCR unit, the proprietary cable that goes to the woofer, and the woofer. I am using the original speakers and copper cabling.
When I have a chance tomorrow I will test; CDs and VHSs. My prediction is that the VHSs will work and the CDs will not since the tapes will be on the VCR side, and the CDs will be on the DVD side.
Sorry for such a long post.