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Viewing TV/VHS on standard Panny PW5 plasma.

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by stigdu, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. stigdu

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    Hi all -

    I bought a new Panasonic which I shall be connecting to my Pioneer DVD player with component-component leads, but is there a way I could watch VHS tapes on it, or normal TV? I didn't get a tuner because it would have bumped up the cost rather a lot.

    A friend of mine at work says if I get a bog-standard VHS player, I can watch VHS films on it, and also use the VHS player to tune in the TV stations. Is this true??

    Also, if the above is true, would I benefit from buying decent connection leads, and what would I need?

    All advice greatly appreciated.

    Stacy. (A film enthusiast, but techno-newbie!)
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    You can use a VCR as a TV tuner.
    You will need a scart to 3 phono lead (signal into scart). If you have the plasma speakers then connect the yellow phono to the plasmas composite input and the white & red phonos to the sound inputs.
    If no plasma speakers and useing an AV amp for sound then get a scart to video only phono lead (signal into scart). Then get a pair of phono leads from the L/R audio out of VCR to AV amp.
    If the VCR is a S-VHS unit then swap the video phono connecter above for an S-Video plug.

    I would recommend getting a fairly good quality set of leads, but at the end of the day you are feeding a low quality analogue/VHS signal to the plasma so don't go overboard on the leads.

    If you want good quality TV then why not spend only slightly more than a VCR and get a Freeview box. Get a RGB>Plasma box from www.rgbtosvideo.com and connect to that with a scart and from box to plasma with a VGA (computer monitor) lead.

    Mark.
     
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    Thanks for the reply Mark.

    So could I effectively buy a netgem freeview box for about £100, and one of those RGB-PLASMA boxes, then just the 2 cables, and everything would be a-ok in terms of viewing TV programmes??
     
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    Yes, it is as easy as that. This is what I have got, and the results are really very good.

    Mark.
     
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    Many thanks, Mark. Most helpful. :)
     
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    He's bang on with that, the picture is usually better than the panny tuner, and more channels for less money too. For the same money as the tuner you could consider a philips DVDR890, RGB output, analogue TV tuner and DVD recording as a bonus. You'd still want the RGB-VGA box I should think though, as if you still want to view VHS tape you won't be able to use the s-video output.... when will they put that right? Almost spoils an otherwise stunning product.
     

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