help with cabling please !!!

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by eddiew, Feb 19, 2001.

  1. eddiew

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    probably the wrong forum, but no joy elsewher surely sombody has an answr..moderators ??!!
    i am in a dilema !! I have the usual array of home cinema kit..cable, dvd,video and tv and added a processor to my main hi-fi to add dolby digital....and its all gone wrong !!! My TV has 2 Scarts and a front S Video and Composite I/P. I have a Yamaha DSP E-800 and want to connect my Cable Box with a composite output, ON Digital box with a Scart, Video with Scart and my DVD with S Video into it and switch between them all without changing AV I/P on my TV and generally juggling with the remotes...I have read the manual and it has confirmed my experience that the processor wont convert the different I/P's and O/P them all on the S Video for example. I even bought a Philips Pronto remote to simplify things with macros !! but this hasn't helped much as i still have to switch between all the TV's I/P's !! I have seen a standards convertor from Lektropacks..... http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/acatalog/cmt-7.html but £200 to simply do this when there must be an easier way seems a bit much ... also i always assumed that the s video conection was the best, but have recently read that the rgb scart was superior ... is this the case or is it just preference ??
     
  2. RobG

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    I think you're stuck mate (if it's any consolation I have the same problem with loosing remotes down the side of the sofa!).
    I have a similar set up to you - cable via SCART1 (RGB), video thru SCART to the cable box & DVD thru S-video. I can now play video thru SCART1 (as playing a tape overrides the cable TV channels, and by switching to the s-video i/p (using the TV remote) I have DVD. I originally had the DVD in the TV via SCART, in which case it was just a matter of powering the DVD player on & the TV would switch to the DVD SCART (conversely by switching the cable box ON/OFF the TV would then auto switch back to the cable SCART i/p).

    What you need to do it get a wooden board about one foot long & stick all your remotes to it. Then put a hook on the back of the board so you can hand it up (haven't quite figured out how to change the batteries yet though ;_> )

    I was considering one of those all in one remotes, but you wrote you didn't like it much - any reason why???


    Rob
     
  3. eddiew

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    cheers m8... it wasnt that i didn't lik ethe Philips Pronto remote...i did !! It was just that it didn't solve my problem of multiple formats over multiple inputs. I think it is a very good product. If you visit the various web sites out there, http://www.remotecentral.com/is one, you can download loads of graphics that can make the remote really look the part as well as perform the neccesary functions... for instance you can hit the Sky Sports 1 logo on your remote that will switch your TV to the correct channel, your amp to the correct IP and even set the correct lighting...all with one press of a button !! The new colour version will be out later this year, but at around £600 it is probably for the real gaget freaks out there... mmmmmm sounds like i need an upgrade !!!
    but it looks like i will have to buy the format converter first unless anyone has a better idea ????.........
     

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