Originally Posted by powerdog
Thanks! I'd also appreciate any help figuring this out, even tho I'm sure this is the wrong forum:
My Sony HDTV is the only piece of equipment I have that "understands" HD. I have my roof antenna's coax attached to a Panny E85 DVD recorder and sound coming from an optical connection to a 3 y.o. Denon receiver.
My guess is that I need to get a coax splitter, second coax cable, and a second optical cable. Run antenna input to both E85 and TV through the splitter, and optical from TV to receiver. Does this sound about right? I mean, with my current setup the E85 can't just get out of the way and let the TV do the tuning, can it? (Obviously, I'm not trying to record HD...just watch it.)
Also, is there such a thing as a good coax splitter -- better than the cheap things you buy for a few dollars?
I'll jump in here even though I'm technically challenged but I do have an E-85.
If Sony HDTV is the only way to get the HD signal, then that's where the digital signal has to get to. You could split the coax like you say but maybe there's a better way.
How are you watching regular tv now? With coax into the E-85, then coax out to the tv or have you just got composite and or component out to tv?
Even though the E85 can't use the digital signal, it might carry through a RF (coax)connection so the tv can see it. The E85 may or may not have to be on for the carry through.
Assuming that works, you should be able to pick up the digital channels with the tv's digital tuner.
Now I assume you're taking advantage of the E85 with all the other channels to use it similar to a DVR? Record, time slip, pause, skip ahead, etc?
You may be able to do that with the digital signal too if your tv has composite outputs - preferably S-Video & Red / White audio.
If so just run those to any of the 3 composite inputs on the E-85 (L-1, L-2 or L-3) and you should be able to intergrate a good 480 signal back into the E-85 where you can then do all the stuff you do with the other channels. Even though it won't be HD, the E85 makes a real good dvd from HD converted down to 480.
Once you figure out some of the tricks (which you probably already have), the E85 is a great machine.