Toshiba XS34 connectivity advice to newbie

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  1. haf63

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    Hi,
    I have just received my XS34 and wanted some advice on how best to hook it up to my TV/Satellite. I have a Sky Digital box and a Toshiba 36ZP18P TV. The TV has 4 connectors marked :
    1 x SCART
    2 x SCART (S-VIDEO)
    1 x COMPONENT VIDEO - Y, Pb/Cb, Pr/Cr
    it also has an optical and coaxial DA connector and supports Dolby 5.1

    any advice will be appreciated. I have normal SCART/Coaxial cables and reading this forum people seem to be suggesting I need better quality leads with gold connectors etc? Is this a good thing and will I notice the difference?
    Thanks,
     
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    I'm assuming your Sky box has 2 SCARTs, one "TV" one (RGB), and one other which is not RGB.

    On your TV, only SCART1 is RGB (which gives the best picture). So, for best picture, you want that RGB going in to the TV. So connect the TV out SCART from Sky box to AV2 on the XS34. If you already have a video in the VCR SCART you can leave it there.

    Now, you have a choice. One option is to use the configuration in page 18 of the XS34 installation manual, that is simply connect a SCART from AV2 on the XS34 to your TV SCART 1. With this configuration, you can watch Sky with the XS34 off (if you have put the XS34 in SATMONI mode).

    The other option is to use the component connections. With this, you would still connect Sky to AV2, but then use component cables to connect the XS34 to the TV. You would also need to connect either the optical or coaxial audio cables, from the XS34 to the TV. With this setup, the XS34 will be doing conversion to component, and this means the XS34 will need to be turned on for you to watch Sky (it can't pass through the component like it can the RGB). Using component (and optionally progressive scan) can offer a better picture in some cases, though generally this is more the case with a Plasma or LCD. I think your RGB picture would be just as good (the first option), but if you have component cables you might want to try both.

    Lastly - a totally different option would be to connect the Sky TV SCART directly to the TV (SCART 1), and connect the XS34 to the VCR SCART. But with this setup, the XS34 would not get a RGB input for recording, so picture would not be as good.

    Mark
     
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    Thanks mark,
    I will go with the scart option as its simple and good enough for me plus I'd like to watch sky when DVR is switched off.
    btw my view on fan noise is that you can really only hear it when all sounds is swicthed off
     
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    Hi Mark, would the conversion to component still be done with the CS34 in stand by?

    Thanks, Andy.
     
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    No - the XS34 needs to be on (not in standby) to convert to component. In standby it can only pass through RGB (in SatMoni mode).
    Mark
     
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    Wow, that was a quick answer, thanks Mark it's appreciated!

    Andy.
     
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    Shouldn't that be AV1 of the RD-XS34?, you already advised him to connect the TV Scart from the digibox to AV2 of the DVDR.
     
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    No, it AV2 is correct. Per page 18 of the installation manual.

    Mark
     
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    No it is not correct.:nono:
    Page 18 shows the Satt digibox going into AV2 of the DVDR which is what you suggested and is correct...but AV1 on the DVDR then goes into the RGB enabled AV1 on the TV...you told him to connect AV2 on the DVDR to his TV Scart 1.
     
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    Sorry, you are right.. that was a typo, I meant connect AV1 to the TV.
    (A typo made nearly a year ago!).

    Mark
     
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    No problem Mark, I just noticed the mistake and thought I should point it out so as not to confuse the OP. :)
     

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