Originally Posted by mikiv
first need to answer a few questions.
do you only want to copy videos - dvd; or also to watch videos with sound thru receiver? 1
Not knowing your specific models, what Outputs does video player have; and what INputs does dvd recorder have? 2
Do you always want the sound from the DVR/HD recorder thru your receiver, or do you mostly just want to use tv for sound with occasional sound thru receiver (eg movies thru receiver, but mostly just use TV for sound on general viewing)? 3
I maybe can't help with ceiling speakers as I've never had anything to do with them, but for reference - where are they positioned - front / mid / back etc; and how does the wiring come out from the wall - I assume there's some sort of mount / jack not bare wires? 4
Does the laptop have HDMI? 5 and again do you want the receiver for full surround sound 6; or mostly just tv connection for picture viewing or what?
If you could give more info on how you want to integrate different components (like video / laptop /HD recorder) it'll help us help you connect it all in the best configuration for your use. 7
Thanks for your interest in helping me. I numbered your questions.
1.The VHS recorder is mostly to copy VHS cassettes to DVD not to watch the cassettes. Once I copy the cassettes I can dispose of them and the VHS recorder.
2. The VCR portion of the VCR/DVD player has out(and in) of yellow, white, red. The DVD recorder has yellow, white, red input too. So I suppose this would be the way to connect these two. The DVD recorder also has yellow, white, red output, and the following out puts: HDMI, component video out green, blue, red, S Video, and Coaxial digital audio output.
3. I think I prefer having all sound through receiver rather then switching. We'll also play the radio through the receiver and if we need the TV to be quieter then we can use headphones.
4. I'll have to see with the electrician about about the connections of the speakers. The installation is not complete. They are wires, bare at the tips.
5. The Laptop doesn't have HDMI but the TV and Laptop both have USB ports.
6. Yes, surround sound sounds good.
7. I'd like the receiver to control the surround sound of the ceiling speakers so that we can watch and hear DVDs, recordings on PVR, TV, and hear CDs played on DVD player and radio from receiver too. The Laptop was to be able to get the internet on the TV. The TV also has 3D which I'd like to be able to access.
I'm wondering if I should do sound through the receiver and video direct to TV because of all the problems I've read about on the forum. But I think that HDMI is supposed to be better.
I do have some extra cable that I purchased some time ago.
Here's a list: 4 red and white; 4 yellow, white, red; 2 coaxial plus one from wall; 1 orange, 1 HDMI (these can now be purchased inexpensively on eBay); 1 Ultralink Challenger-2 6N OFHC Copper 2X shielded composite Video Cable.;
1 Ultralink Coaxial Digital Audio Cable dts & THX Compatible; 2 red, blue, green video cables.
I hope I answered what you need to know to help. Sorry if I provided too much info.
Thanks again and all the best,