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Advice – Just bought a PV500 & EH-50 DVD Recorder

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by mickyd67, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. mickyd67

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    Hello all, new to the site – so I thought I’d ask for some advice.

    I’ve just placed an order for the new Panasonic 42” PV500 and the HDD/ DVD recorder.

    Just looking for some advice as to the best way to connect the items as well as Sky+ together.

    I would imagine scart to scart for the Sky+ box to the TV & to the DVD recorder

    Would I do the same with the DVD recorder to the TV or would I use anything else (component connections or something)

    I’m not familiar with that stuff, only scarts.

    Lastly – which scart cables would you recommend?

    Thanks….
     
  2. stroppygoblin

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    Welcome to my nightmare.... :eek:

    I am currently investigating similar options (but throw in a Sony VHS recorder for good measure :( )

    Currently I have the following connections:

    Sky+ to PV500 via RGB scart (AV1)
    DVD recorder to PV500 via Component
    DVD recorder (AV2) scart to Sky+ (AUXinput scart)
    Ariel connection goes WALL > VHS > DVD recorder > Sky+ > TV
    VHS to PV500 via scart (AV2)

    This allows me to record from Sky to dvd and watch dvd's at best PQ (component). I can also watch DVD via Sky+ pass through at RGB but this is def not as good as component direct.

    I have used good quality ariel interconnects and have no noticiable signal degregation due to the multiple connections. The VHS is only there to record the occasional terrestrial broadcast when all other recording options are being used (very rare now) and also to play the kids video collection.

    I am considering connecting the DVD recorder direct to the TV by SCART as well as the component and Sky+ piggyback. I am assuming this means I can then record digital broadcasts to dvd. Unfortunatley swopping leads means lifting the plasma off the wall mount and my wife refuses to risk helping me :suicide: so I'll do it next time the lads are round :thumbsup:

    I would be interested in any other connection options others might have, especially in the area of redirecting one input back out to another via the TV scart options?
     
  3. Sulis

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    stroppygoblin - the only downside of the connections you have is that you can't record SKY+ onto DVD at the best quality (RGB). I don't know what the answer to this is, as I find that routing SKY+ through a DVD (ES-10) to AV1 distinctly lowers the quality. Just have to switch the cables round when recording, I suppose...
     
  4. stroppygoblin

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    Sulis, yes I appreciate that there is a quality drop going through Sky's aux (non - RGB) output.

    What I haven't quite got to grips with is the concept of scarts being 2 - way and that it's possible (I belive) to have one scart input route back through another. In this instance if Sky+ is connected to AV1 (on the TV) and my HS10 is connected to (for arguments sake) AV2 (on the TV) can I route the input from AV1 back down through AV2 ? if these were both RGB then I would get no quality loss?

    Apologies to Mickyd67 for the thread hijack :oops:
     
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    Dunno - AV4 is, I believe, RGB...
     
  6. tutu

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    AV1 and AV4 are RGB. AV2 (Scart s-video) and AV3 is s-video at the front.

    The setup I have is:

    AV1 - Sky (RGB)
    AV4 - Panasonic DMRES30V (VCR/DVD Recorder) (RGB)
    Component - Denon AVR-2805
    VGA - PC

    AV2 of Sky is connected to AV2 of DVD recorder - allowing direct record (but not at RGB quality).

    Denon AVR-2805:

    Component In 1: Panasonic DMRES30V
    Component In 2: Xbox

    The TV allows you to redirect the display (analogue, digital) or one of the AV to AV2 or AV4. So I can get good freeview recordings at RGB quality, or Sky recordings at RGB quality.

    Q-Link only works on AV2 and AV4 (thus Panny recorder on AV4).

    As for RF signal:

    In->DMRES30V, out->TV. I have skipped the Sky.

    I have not received my Denon yet, but sometime this week :D
     
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    :confused:

    Is that antena going to RF in of the VHS, then from RF out of VHS to DVD Rec, and then ...?
     
  8. stroppygoblin

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    Tutu that is exactly the information I require :clap:
    That means I can connect the dvd recorder to AV4 and the VHS to AV2 and have the following options:

    Qlink switched to AV4 -
    AV4 Out = AV1 - record from AV1 (sky in RGB quality) to DVD
    AV4 Out = AV2 - record from VHS to DVD
    AV4 Out = DVB - record Freeview to DVD

    or
    Qlink switched to AV2 -
    AV2 Out = AV1 - record from sky to VHS
    AV2 Out = AV4 - record from DVD to VHS
    AV2 Out = DVB - record from Freeview to VHS


    ultimate flexibility and no need to swap cables :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

    yes it's daisy chained through each one.. i was worried it would degrade the signal but it's fine.
     

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