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I am in the process of purchasing the infamous nec lt-150. Because of its limited inputs I plan on using a switcher. Say I have a progressive scan dvd player, to vcr's, a tivo, htpc, and two video game systems, how do I go about hooking this up?


The only thing I can think of is the extron switcher however I dont know if I can hook vcd's and video games up to it. I see that it has the BNC connectors on the back wo it would pass rgb and component, but what else? Does it also switch audio?


What options do I have here? I would like something that sensed the signal and automatically switched to the source. I done a search in a couple forums but to no avail =(. Hope someone can give me a hand.



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Extron's 7SC would be an excellent choice for mating with the LT-150 for your application.


It has 7 inputs all of which can be RGB,component,s-video, or composite. You can slave another Extron switcher to it as well replacing Input 1 with the output of the second Extron switcher.


You wouldn't need this right away as long as you are okay with using the front input for a permanent input.


You would need adapters for any S-video (highly recommend using s-video for TiVo and the games) that go from s-video connector to two BNCs. Composite would need a simpler adapter to go from RCA to BNC available at RadioShack for a few bucks.


This system also has contact closures for screens or lights, the ability to have a remote panel and an IR remote is included.


It can also learn and command projectors for power.


With a little setup it can be fairly easy to use.


Need more help, let us know and I'll help you get it setup.


I have seen the 7SC in action and think the scaler looks good, but I believe that other's might have another opinion. Let's here them too!


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[This message has been edited by drewman (edited 07-30-2001).]
 

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Thanks Drewman for your informative response. I never knew that they had s-vid and composite > BNC adapters. I have never had this problem before but moving to a couple high end audio components that dont have compnent vid switching so like I said I want to have something that can switch everything and do it automatically. I will look into this switcher and hit you with any additional questions.


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Wow Drewman what is the price on that thing it is awesome but looks to be out of my price range. Sure can do alot. Johyn thanks for the pointer I will drop them a line. Can you point me to a page on info on the NEC switcher?


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Chris,


I think the Extron System 7 SC is a bit much for your needs, it will probably end up costing more than your LT150! If you are mostly switching video, you can probably go with a much more inexpensive switcher that only does video inputs, the System handles VGA on all inputs. I don't recall offhand what the inputs are on the LT150, but unless you have multiple VGA inputs and multiple progressive component inputs, your A/V receiver in your home theatre will probably be able to handle the switching.


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What were you looking to spend?


From your description, you would need at least two RGB/component inputs (progressive DVD, HTPC).


True this system would cost more than the modified cost of the LT-150, but e-mail me, I might know of a deal.


[email protected]


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Kfung,


I will be using a EAD TM encore. The only video switching it has on it are svideo which I will probably no be using since I Have component out for my PS2 and the new X-Box will also have component out. I have a progressive scan dvd with component, and I will soon be building and HTPC with RGB out as well. actually I will use s-vid for two vcrs but that is all. Also plans for a tivo are being put into effect now, not to mention the hd100 satellite which is yet another RGB I just thought off =(. I may have to run a slave switcher for all this junk. Anyway, the EAD will not provided switching for any of the previously mentions components because as stated only 2 vcr;s will be using s-video. Any other suggestions for a switcher?



Drewman:


I don't know if that kind of a switcher is in my budget though it looks like an awesome machine, I cant believe all that it does after researching it last night. Please email me any price info you have on it as I have been still unable to locate one.

Email is :


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I rally didn't want to spend over 500 for a switching device after all it is only a switcher, but I never know once I get wrapped up in something, that looks like it can do a whole lot more then switching and may actually aid quite a bit with the tweaking of my images.


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One point that got missed is that the 7SC is a scaler. You can select whatever video frequency output you want. A better choice for your application might be the DVS406 http://www.extron.com/product/produc...e=43&view=feat


The DVS 406 is shipping in 2 weeks. the list is 4150. It seems like alot, but when you look at number of inputs and scaling features and quality (i saw it at infocomm) it is comparable. Check out also the Leeza that has been mentioned many times around here. Similar concept, and Inline has a box that might be useful. they also introduced it at infocomm. Don't know the part number
 
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