Originally Posted by wajo
Yes, that sounds good, except 3) using Composite and 4) using S-Vid will require you to install 3) in back w/o any menu changes (just select L1 as source when viewing/recording from VCR), but 4) will have to go in front so you can separately change L2 Video Input option to S-Video. You CAN plug both Composite and S-Vid in back or in front, but then you'd have an extra step to differentiate the inputs via the Video >Video Input menu, i.e., can't see both on back or in front individually w/o a menu change.
One advantage to connecting both in back (or front) is you only need one set of R/W cables for audio for either type.
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I'm probably not replying in right place for this, but now that I've looked at things a little more closely, is there any reason why I couldn't connect my dvd player and VCR via composite cables to the Magnavox 515 DVDR (VCR in back; DVD in front), since I have mutliple composite cables on hand? I don't mind the cables being visible as long as I don't have to plug/unplug them. We're used to changing sources on various remotes, etc.
I originally thought, "oh, we need to try S-Video since that allows for better video" while not FULLY processing that I still need the L/R audio cables that are included in the composite cable "package." I was thinking that I'd have too many composite cables than I had inputs for (still thinking about the TV). But if the Magnavox DVDR is going to "communicate" with the TV via HDMI, than wouldn't I only need an HDMI from monoprice (with maybe a port saver or two)?
Clearly, we are not "home theater" people.
Oh, we decided on the un46c6300 'cause we found it at a great sale price. We could argue that it's not QUITE big enough, but it's great so far.