Originally Posted by grigorianvlad
I hope this helps. If not - I apologize in advance.
Absolutely no need to apologize -- I appreciate all suggestions and thank you for your very clear analysis and explanation of how to change the audio setting!
Unfortunately for me, it didn't work. One of my two HDMI outputs is connected to the same TV that I am using for my composite output testing (the connection is defined as a separate input to the TV named AVR). When I switch to this TV input, I get both picture and sound from all sources, including the VCR; in other words, as I expected, the TV shows me what the receiver is seeing/hearing through all sources/connectors.
While set to this TV input, I then changed the receiver audio parameter to THROUGH, and the sound immediately stopped through my home theater speakers and instead came through the TV audio -- exactly what I expected given your description. I still got the VCR picture on the TV.
I then held my breath and switched the TV input from the AVR to the VCR, hoping that I would now get the audio and video through the composite connection. But no such luck; there was still no signal detected by the TV.
I did my usual double-check by changing two receiver video parameters: I set VIDEO CONVERSION to OFF first (no change) and then set VIDEO CONVERSION back on ON and changed RESOLUTION to PURE instead of AUTO (again, no change).
But it was certainly worth a shot! Thanks again for taking the time and effort to think through my problem and offer a possible solution!
PS -- I have an easy workaround for my problem; I can simply connect the single A/V output from my VCR to the input of the burner, bypassing the receiver entirely. In fact, I did this setup yesterday and successfully burned several tapes. Furthermore, I can always get an RCA-jack splitter or switcher to send the audio/video from my single VCR output to both the receiver and the burner. It's just the principle of the thing -- this receiver has handled all 16 components connected to it with such aplomb that I'm convinced my problem is with a setting somewhere rather than its composite A/V outputs. And I admit it -- it bugs me to think that those outputs flat-out don't work when everything else does.