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Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by helenj, Apr 26, 2003.

  1. helenj

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    I appreciate that this is probably quite a common question and you probably get fed up with answering it, but any help would be appreciated :)

    I've spent a while waiting for my various new bits of kit to arrive, and now I've got to connect it all up in some sort of sensible way. I've read what I can find on connections, and it is all as clear as mud. As I've generally gone for decent kit, I want to make the best of what I've got rather than use budget stuff.

    So anyone care to help me see the light? I need to know how to connect up these bits and in what order.

    I've got:

    A Hitachi tv (C32WF810N) with the following connections:

    RGB Scart
    S-Video Scart
    S-VHS socket (but on the front of the tv)
    Co-axial audio in
    Optical audio in
    RF Aerial in

    A Pioneer 656 DVD with

    Co-axial audio out
    Optical audio out
    Component out
    S-Video out
    Video out
    RGB Scart

    A Nokia Mediamaster Freeview set-top box with

    RGB Scart
    S-Video scart
    Co-axial audio out
    Optical audio out
    RF Aerial In + Out

    Toshiba Video Recorder with

    2 scarts (1 in, 1 in/out)
    RF Aerial in + out
    Audio out

    Pioneer 2011 receiver with

    Co-axial audio in + out
    Optical audio in + out
    Audio in
    Audio out
    component video in + out
    S-video in + out
    Composite vido In + out


    The speaker system is an Atlantic Technology 450 THX system, btw.



    Many thanks...
     
  2. ditton15

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    I've delayed replying, thinking that others might. But here's the general practice:

    dvd player -> TV by best 'video' means: component if present (its not on your TV)), so use SCART, preferably the "RGB only".

    dvd player -> receiver by digital connection: coax or optical

    same general argument for FreeView box (ie SCART for picture and coax for sound)

    It is also common to go from the FreeView (or Sky+ or TeleWest, etc) via the VCR to the TV, in which case use an AV (ie sound and picture) Scart.

    I have no experience of s-video.

    There are also arguments for using the stereo phono audio out connections from the FreeView and from the dvd player into the amp/receiver, when listening to music/CD replay.

    Hope this helps

    ditton

    ps I now take the RF direct to the TV.
     
  3. helenj

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    Thanks Ditton. So looking at the video feed to the TV, as you say, my TV doesn't accept component video therefore scart is the only option. However, there is a component video -> RGB scart converter from CYP - the CM333.

    So what, if any, is the benefit from going from DVD to AMP via Component Video, then from AMP to TV via the component video -> RGB converter? Any better than using scart direct from DVD to TV?

    Apologies if this is a daft question but I'm still a beginner at this.....
     
  4. ditton15

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    For picture/visual side of AV, my opinion (which I would think is also balance of opinion here) is that you should go direct from DVD player to TV using the SCART connection. You can get RGB only SCART if you wish.

    That way you avoid the 'noise' of the audio processing in the AVamp.

    ditton
     
  5. JamesTapp

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    Helen,

    The key advantage of using the AV amp for component switching is that you can connect to something like a plasma using the highest quality for all your sources.

    If your TV had Component in, it would be worth converting the Freeview output into Component using the RGB to YUV convertor such as www.rgbtosvideo.com have for sale. Then you would maintain maximum quality of the image, as YUV to RGB is colourspace conversion.

    But you don't have the plasma....

    :(

    My advice:

    DVD RGB Scart -> Freeview Aux Scart
    Freeview TV Scart -> RGB Scart on TV

    Video connected via RF from Freeview, with Scart out to AV2 on TV.

    Audio all connected to the amp.

    Then start saving for a plasma :smashin:
     
  6. helenj

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    Thanks for that. Pretty much what I expected, ie scarts.

    As for the plasma, that'll be a while longer as I just shelled out for the AT speakers and the rest of the stuff....

    Best,
     

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