Well, I figured out how to save having to use one Y splitter (got it down to two now from three). I have an AV switch, a GE Jasco AV93294 - switch - 4 ports - desktop. It's a cheap switch and the biggest drawback is no remote control. It has spring buttons and sends video (composite and S Video) and stereo audio from any of 4 sources to the TV (by either S or composite). I'll have one of the sources be the set top AD converter and two of the others be my VCR and DVD player. I'll route audio L/R from the converter box via two Y splitters to the converter box specific audio inputs of the switch, and the audio inputs of the VCR. I'll have the S Video and composite outputs of the switch go to the TV and the VCR respectively. Before I commit to this I'll test the VCR to see if it supports composite and stereo audio pass through. I'll have a few inconveniences:
1. When I switch source, I have to go over to the TV and press a button on the switch (I had that inconvenience before).
2. When I switch from TV watching to VCR watching (and vice versa), I have to hit that switch again (to switch from converter to VCR as an input).
3. When I start my VCR recording or program it to record, I have to have the converter box on and tuned to the channel I want to capture.
I'll live with these. I have an HTPC that does HD recording automatically, but this is for maybe some low def stuff, I'll see how it goes.
Originally Posted by dattier
No, that was the day the switch was going to be flipped. It ended up postponed to June 12, 2009.