Originally Posted by batuche
Thus the culprit was my VCR plus my ignorance of its functionality, or lack thereof. What I didn’t know was that my Samsung VR8160 will pass through an RF signal while either turned on or off but it will pass through an A/V signal only when turned on, and then I need to select AV1 on my TV instead of Channel 3/4 if I want to watch a broadcast in stereo.
All VCRs have antenna passthrough. If you look at the remote and the VCR, you'll find a button caller "TV/VCR". That will toggle the bypass relay to select either the antenna or the VCR and send that RF signal to the TV. If the VCR is off, the antenna is automatically sent to the TV.
Since the AV outputs of the VCR are active signals, the power must be on for them to work. That is the case for ALL electronic devices.
There may be a workaround to all of this but I haven’t discovered it yet. Maybe in another postscript.
You mentioned an AV1 selection on your TV, which tends to make me believe that there is also an AV2 input and selection.
If you indeed have two AV inputs on the TV, you can either split the output of the CECB with simple cables or buy an active AV distribution amp.
For the more expensive method, you need a unit like this:http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103065
You only need a 2-way amp, but it seems 4 is the minimum.
You connect a short AV cable set between the output of the CECB and the input of the Distribution Amp (DA). Then you take the AV cable set that you used to connect the VCR AV input and connect it to one of the DA outputs. You then connect an AV cable set between one of the other DA outputs anf the other AV input on the TV.
Now you can either select the CECB directly on the TV or the VCR on the TV.
The other way is to get three of these:http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103862
The splitter cables take the place of the DA. Plug the three splitter cables into the output of the CECB. Then connect two sets of AV cables to the splitter cables, one set to the TV and one set to the VCR.
You should be able to get away without the DA. But if you see problems with the video, you'll need the DA.