Originally Posted by chrialys
I traded in my old cable box for a new HD cable box
when I got the new HD tv the other day.
I don't have a tuner but I just got a Bose speaker system with a subwoofer. The coaxial cable from the wall goes into the Cable IN on the cable box. There is no other coaxial port on the new cable box and there are no other coaxial cables used.
My old cable box & old tv setup had 3 coaxial cables:
1- from the wall to cable box IN.
2- From cable OUT on the cable box to VCR/DVR VHF/UHF IN.
3- VCR/DVR VHF/UHF OUT to the tv VHF/UHF.
The tv power cord plugged into the cable box. The Video & Audio OUT on the cable box plugged into the splitter "From Cable Box". The splitter plugs were the same except "From Cable Box" RCA wire plugged into the cable box Video & Audio OUT.
Alright, I think I understand part of what's going on. You mentioned getting a new Hi Def cable box, with only one silver RF jack in the back for the coax cable from the wall to plug into. Since it's HD, no Out to TV plug for cable pass thru, which means you can't feed the vcr/dvd combo the old way.
The tuner part..
did the Sony recorder have a tuner, that tunes in the channels on it's own.
I googled the VX530, and the information posted says it does have an analog tv tuner. So what I would try is
--cable from wall into splitter
--from splitter to Sony recorder, and to HD Cable box. That will allow recording of analog cable channels (if your TWC still transmits them)
--coaxial cable from Sony recorder to the new TV for analog tv signal pass thru.
--yellow video, red/white audio cables from Sony recorder to tv input jacks L2.
--New HD Cable box...hmm (I don't have HD, so this is guesswork here) Depending on how many outputs this new box has...
1) HDMI cable and audio wires from the new box to the Samsung tv...
2) yellow video, red/white audio cabls from new cable box to Sony recorder.
This should allow cable box feed to be sent to the recorder's Line Input, so you can record channels from the HD box on Sony recorder's L1.
All this depends on , as sitlet advises, if your new HD box can output both hdmi and composite at the same time.
Oh and the Phillips dvd player...most HD tvs I've looked at in stores have at least 3 sets of input plugs, you can connect that to the tv directly, rather than thru this splitter-was that supplied by the cable company? The number of input/outputs it has, I don't recall ever seeing one like it in stores.
End result (hopefully)...
HD Cable box feed viewed on tv input L1
Sony recorder feed viewed on tv input L2
Phillips dvd player viewed on tv input L3