Originally Posted by RichardT
Just a comment on Luke's excellent and lucid explanation of the input/output terminals on the EH59/69. From the explanation, it sounds like the L1 is output from the EH59. From the description on page 6 of the manual describing the "Input Select" on the remote, the manual shows "AV1, AV2, AV3, AV4 or DV". The AV3 and AV4 are printed on the recorder itself.
I've been a defender of the manuals, but I must confess, I've not yet discovered where the inputs AV1 and AV2 (L1 & L2?) are defined. Presumably the Scarts? The DV is a 4-pin firewire input from a device (camcorder), but not a computer. DV transmits audio as well as video, so only the one cable is needed.
A scary note on page 23, just above the Manual Recording
bar: "If video is copied from another piece of equipment to this unit, then the video quality will be degraded."
Okay, at the risk of becoming too pedantic, something I have long been accused of, if you look in the manual on pages 8 or 9, it shows the back of the recorder. The two SCART connectors are shown, and in dim print on the page, the top SCART connector is labeled AV1 (TV), as in an output to the television. (It can be selected as an input, but it doesn't work properly*.) The lower SCART connector is labeled AV2 (EXT), as in external input. I use all of these inputs and outputs and they all work as I have described. AV1 is an output, as is the composite, S-Video, component (without the SCART adapter, there is only one set of audio outputs for the composite/S-Video/component outputs) and HDMI connections. They all function simultaneously. The AV2, AV3, and AV4 are inputs, and the all work properly using either S-Video or composite. There are no component or HDMI inputs.
The statement about degraded video quality is correct, but it isn't a BIG deal. It will be degraded as a normal generation copy will be degraded, and this depends a lot on the quality you choose for the recording.
* Whenever I have attempted to use the AV1 as an input, I got a picture that is black and white, and very noisy. Nothing I have tried has made any improvement, so I have decided that it is intended for an output only which works great, and the fact that it works as an inputat all, in a degraded manner, is only a oddity.