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Denon 3801 Newbie

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by PaulBoy, Jan 14, 2001.

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  1. PaulBoy

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    or more correctly wannabe ...
    I have decided to take the plunge & buy one (a 3801 that is) and provided my local dealer has one in stock I should have it by the end of the week ...
    My present setup with a Yam A592 amp has no video signals going through the amp and I was wondering if anyone who already has a Denon (in the UK) could give me their best advice on how to connect it to the following equipment ...
    Pioneer 626DVD -presently SCART direct to TV & 6xphonos to amp for DD & DTS
    Panasonic VCR -presently SCART to Sky Digibox
    Sky Digibox -presently SCART to VCR & SCART to TV
    All above also have 2xphono to the amp ...
    I presume the 3801 will need a digital feed from the DVD (would coax or digital be better?)
    What do I need instead of my SCART leads?
    Svideo to SCART (the TV -Panasonic Widescreen) only has 2xSCART on rear although there is one svideo on the front which I'd rather not use ...
    I'm sure my dealer will be able to answer all these questions but if you've already done it I'd appreciate any help you might be able to give me ...
    TIA - Paul [​IMG]


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    I'll start you off then:

    DVD to TV via. RGB SCART
    DVD to 3801 via. coax digital

    VCR to digibox via. SCART
    VCR to TV via. SCART (non-RGB SCART)
    VCR to 3801 via. 2 phono

    Digibox to DVD via. RGB SCART (for loop through to TV)
    Digibox to VCR via. SCART
    2 phono to 3801

    Should work, see what others suggest!

    Good choice of receiver, I may buy one!

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    ReTrO - Thanks for your suggestions ...
    There appear to be two points of view on this ...
    The first is NOT to route everything thru the AMP (which is what I have done with my existing setup)
    The second (which my dealer advised was appropriate with the Denon) is to route everything through the AMP
    If I go for the latter I will need a load of new cables as the AMP has svideo connections
    My TV has 2 SCARTS only on the rear so I presume as DVD is the most important to me I will connect the DVD to the AMP using svideo to svideo and the DVD to TV using SCART to SCART - OR do I connect the DVD to AMP using SCART to svideo and connect the AMP to the TV using svideo to SCART -
    You can see why I getting confused here and I havent even mentioned the VCR & Sky Digibox!!!
    Keep the suggestions coming - I'm sure I'll get there in the end ???

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    PaulBoy,

    I would do exactly as ReTrO has suggested. I have very similar equipment to yours, Panasonic Tau Widescreen TX 32PK2, a Sony 536 DVD player which also has two RGB scarts the same as your Pioneer, a ondigital set top box which has RGB out and a VCR.

    By connecting the components in this way it will ensure you get RGB pictures from both your DVD player and your set top box as well as being able to record directly from your set top box while watching a dvd or another analog channel. This way you avoid the need for buying additional s-video cables and in theory get the best possible picture from your sorces. You should also find that you get full auto switching between the devices, I do on mine.

    Stephen.

     
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    For the OSD rig a composite from the monitro output on the amp to your from Av inputs. This will help you set it up. Then take the lead out and hide it. You shouldn't need it again until you upgrade etc.

    This is what I have done with my AVR 2800.

    RGB gives a better pic. than S-video.

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    Thanx I'm getting your drift now ...
    One slight issue is that the Pioneer 626D DVD has only one SCART & not two as one or both of you mentioned (it has got 2 svideo connectors)
    Greatful for your help to date ... Paul [​IMG]
    PS Not that it is that good (yet?) but there's a forum specific to the 3801 at http://pub7.ezboard.com/faussiedvdandhtforumfrm14

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