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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by SilverJDM, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. SilverJDM

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    I have the following equipment but I’m not sure if I’ve connected it all up correctly, or if there is a better way to connect them all together

    Sony KV-36FS70 Television
    Amstrad Sky+
    Panasonic E55 DVD Recorder
    Sony DAV-S800 Home Cinema
    1 x IXOS scart to scart lead
    2 x IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead

    TV
    AV1 - Connected to Sky+ TV scart socket by a IXOS scart to scart lead
    AV2 - Connected to Panny E55 by IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead
    AV3 - Connected to Sony DAV-S88 by IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead

    Sky+
    Sky+ TV scart socket connected to TV AV1 by IXOS scart to scart lead
    VCR scart socket connected to Panny E55 AV2 socket
    Optical Audio Output unused
    S-video / R Audio L unused

    Panasonic E55
    AV1 (TV) unused
    AV2 (Decoder) Connected to Sky+ by IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead
    S-video / R Audio L lead connected by IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead to TV AV2
    Optical Audio Output unused

    Sony Home Cinema (this has 4 different connection sections on the back)
    Video 1 - 1 x video out (yellow) / 1 x audio out (red + white)** 1 x video in (yellow) / 1 x audio in (red + white)
    Video 2 - 1 x video in (yellow) / 1 x audio in (red + white) + 1 x optical digital in
    Digital out - marked CD only
    Monitor out - 1 x S-video / 1 x video (marked DVD only) connected to TV AV3 by IXOS scart to S-video / R Audio L lead* to TV AV3 (*this part of the lead is connected to Video 1 audio out**)

    I hope this information is not too confusing, I was trying to be as complete as possible!!

    Can anybody suggest any alternative ways to connect or extra leads I need to buy ?

    Thanks
     
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    I'm not familiar with your TV but I think I would set up as follows:

    DVD scart out plugged via scart to the TV inpuy scart on the Sky+ box. The RGB signal will be automatically passed through the Sky+ box and I believe that you can record to DVD with this arrangement from your Sky+ box.

    DAVS-88 connected via S-Vid to your TV as you already have. :)
     
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    Sky+ --> DVDRAM (Sky TV Output scart, to DVD decoder input scart i.e. RGB out to RGB in)

    DVDRAM --> TV (DVD TV Out scart [1 I think], to TV AV1 i.e. RGB out to RGB in)

    Sony DVD --> TV (S-video to scart to presumably input 2 or 3)

    Sky+ --> Sony DVD (Optical digital connection for Dolby Digital Movies)

    this gives a complete RGB chain from Sky, through DVD recorder, to TV. Alternatively you can add a scart buffer (1 in 2 out) to the Sky box, feeding one signal direct to the TV and a seperate one to the DVD recorder. If you're using the DVD recorder to record from other devices or other jobs you wouldn't really want Sky running through it too. £50 box and one more scart lead req'd.
     
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    That's a much better idea Liam, I had my DVD and Sky+ the wrong way round. :blush:
     
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    LOL!!! I thought it's what you had meant but you got the order and the connectors backwards!!!

    (I think I have just about all of those Firefox extensions too! http://www.spreadfirefox.com/ )
     
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    Thanks eviljohn2 & Liam for your advice, Liam if I connect the system your way does that enable me to record from the sky+ to dvdram in rgb or am I getting too carried away ?
     
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    It does indeed allow you to record in RGB. The only caveat is that your DVD recorder will have to be either on or in standby if you want to watch Sky+.
     
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    I'd like to use a scart buffer, being a total novice could you 1. Recommend where to buy said item 2. Is there a brand that is better than the rest ?

    Thanks for all your assistance :smashin:
     
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    Js Technology active video buffer. £45 squids plus delivery. Just about all forum sponsors sell them.
     

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