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Receiver Connections

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Paul H, Mar 12, 2001.

  1. Paul H

    Paul H
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    I have just taken the plunge and ordered the Yamaha RX-V800 from Richer Sounds (£399).

    Now comes the daunting task of connecting it up to the rest of my setup which is as follows: -

    TV: Toshiba 43PJ93B
    VCR: Hitachi VT-FX880
    DVD: Toshiba SD-3109B
    Sky: Grundig Digibox
    OD: Nokia Mediamaster onDigital box
    plus PlayStation 2

    I would like to use the video switching functionality provided by the Yamaha but I believe that the Sky Digibox will not output to S-Video. If the Sky Box was connected to the Yamaha via a composite connection, is it still possible to record Sky programs via the VCR connected to an S-Video out?

    I would appreciate anyones views on the recommended way of connecting all of my equipment without the need for any additional switches.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Stuart M. Robinson

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    Paul,

    "I would like to use the video switching functionality provided by the Yamaha but I believe that the Sky Digibox will not output to S-Video. If the Sky Box was connected to the Yamaha via a composite connection, is it still possible to record Sky programs via the VCR connected to an S-Video out?"

    No, because the receiver cannot convert composite video to S-Video. This isn't a limitation of the Yamaha, but of all receivers and processors. Some can convert S-Video to composite, but not the other way around.

    Your best option is to purchase an RGB to S-Video converter such as the one available from JS Technology: http://www.rgbtosvideo.com/ It will allow you to use S-Video throughout your system by converting the RGB output of the Sky Digibox to Y/C.

    This is one of my pet peeves; the lack of S-Video outputs on the Sky and OnDigital digiboxes, the reason for which has never been explained to me in a way that sounds even vaguely plausible.


    Stuart M. Robinson
    SMR Group – http://www.smr-group.co.uk/
     

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