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Panasonic DMR-EH50 need help connecting it to my existing setup

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by TUT, May 17, 2005.

  1. TUT

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    I have a Panasonic DMR-EH50 and I need help connecting it to my existing setup please,
    I have the following:
    1- Sky Digibox with 2 scarts one of which is RGB (TV out)
    2- Echostar AD-3000IP STB digital DVB receiver with 2 scarts one of which is RGB (TV out) also a have a composite video (I mainly record from this receiver)
    3- Panasonic VCR with 2 Scarts (no RGB)-needed to archive old video tapes
    4- TV with 2 Scarts one of which is RGB and S-Video with 2 L+R audio.
    5- Fully wired top of the range 4 Ixos Scart leads,
    6- Svideo to Svideo with L+R audio cable
    7- Scart to composite (3 RCA) cable
    What is the best way to connect them all together?
    Many thanks
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    Echostar TV Out >>>> AV2 on the EH50 and then AV1 >>>> TV AV1 (RGB In)
    Echostar VCR Out >>>> Input on VCR and then In/Out >>>>> TV AV2

    I suggest hooking up the VCR only on an ad hoc arrangement using the In/Out Scart socket, the Scart to 3 RCA cable and the front AV3 inputs on the EH50.

    If you want a permament VCR connection then hook the VCR up as follows:
    Echostar VCR Out >>>> Input/Output on VCR

    The disadvantage of this is, when on, it will force composite from the Digibox which will give a black screen if the DVD recorder is on until you go into Functions>Setup>Connections and set AV1 and AV2 from 'RGB' to 'Video'.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply
    What about the Sky Digibox, i will be recording from it as well from time to time so it needed to be connected to the EH50
     
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    Didn't see that one. Probably the best option is buy a 2 into 1 scart switcher and connect as follows:

    Sky TV Out >>>> 2into1 >>>> AV2 on the EH50 and then AV1 >>>> TV AV1 (RGB In)
    Eur TV Out >>>> 2into2
    Sky VCR Out >>>> Input on VCR and then In/Out >>> TV AV2

    This setup will allow you to record from either Sky or Echostar in RGB quality. If recording from Echostar you will still be able to watch Sky (in composite) through the VCR. As previously suggest hook your VCR up on an ad hoc basis to the DVDR for VHS archiving.

    The disadvantage of this setup is you won't be able to record Sky on the DVDR and watch the Echostar. Depending which you watch more, Echostar or Sky, should determine which VCR Output you connect to the VCR Input. Or alternatively a second 2into1 (obviously you can get more complicated switchboxes but as you have a dedicated RGB circuit and Composite circuit it's probably best to keep them seperate)
    for each Digibox VCR output going into the second 2into1 and then to the Input on the VCR and then In/Out to TV AV2.

    Hopefully that is as clear as the nose on your face!
     
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    Many thanks for your help, I am a bit tired now and all looks confusing, I will go through your setup recommendations and let you know what I think tomorrow.
     
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    After reading your recommendation, I thought about 2 more setup options
    Option 1
    Echostar TV out (RGB Scart) to EH50 AV2 (RGB Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Echostar VCR out (Scart) to TV AV1 (RGB Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Sky Digibox TV out (RGB Scart) to EH50 AV1 (Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Sky Digibox VCR out (Scart) to TV AV2 - using Scart to Scart cable
    EH50 AV4 S Video out (S Video) to TV AV3 S Video in – using S video to S video with L+R audio cable
    VCR TV out (Scart) to EH50 AV4 in (composite) – using Scart to composite (3 RCA) cable
    Option 2
    Echostar TV out (RGB Scart) to EH50 AV2 (RGB Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Echostar VCR out (Scart) to VCR AV1 (Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Sky Digibox TV out (RGB Scart) to EH50 AV1 (Scart) -using Scart to Scart cable
    Sky Digibox VCR out (Scart) to VCR AV2 - using Scart to Scart cable
    EH50 AV4 S Video out (S Video) to TV AV3 S Video in – using S video to S video with L+R audio cable
    VCR RF out to TV RF in – Using RF cable
    Arial cable to EH50 RF in

    With which of these setups will I be able to watch and record from the Echostar and Sky Digibox while the EH50 On or in standby modes?
    Can I record to VCR from Sky Digibox & Echostar through the EH50?
    Can I record from VCR to EH50 & can I watch VCR tapes while EH50 on Standby?
    Will I get a good picture from the EH50 using S Video to S Video?

    Tell me what do you think please
    Many Thanks
     
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    The EH50 AV1 scart socket will only accept a composite input so you would not be able to record RGB. You will also notice a significant PQ drop by using the EH50 to convert from RGB > S-Video - but try it and see if it is acceptable to you.

    You will be able to record from one digibox in RGB or the other Digibox in composite. You could also watch either Digibox in composite or the one you are recording in converted S-Video. If the EH50 is off then you would only be able to watch the composite option from either box as the EH50 will not convert when it is off.

    S-Video to S-Video yes. But you are going from RGB > DVD Recorder > S-Video which will create a drop in PQ.

    Option 1 or 2 will allow you to record from your VCR. But option 2 will force the RGB output of Sky into composite. Neither option will allow you to play your VCR whilst the DVDR is off - although you will be able to view it via RF.
     
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    Many thanks Rasczak you were a great help,
    I will have to try all options and see which one give me better results
    Thanks again
     

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