Audio Video Consumer Guide

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Audio Video Guide for consumers is intended to help impart information about audio/video technology including cable connections, diagrams, components and other aids.


  • How do I hookup my DVD Player?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 04, 2006 8:47 AM  

  • See

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 04, 2006 9:05 AM  

  • How do I hookup my HDTV?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 21, 2007 8:12 AM  

  • See

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 21, 2007 8:32 AM  

  • Where can I find out about the converter boxes for my old TV

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 13, 2008 7:22 AM  

  • See that information here:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 13, 2008 7:27 AM  

  • Is there a DTV converter box for my RV so I can run on batteries?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 11, 2008 6:44 AM  

  • YES. The WINEGARD RC-DT09 can run on 9 volts DC, meaning you can hookup 6 "D" cells (Winegard even has a battery pack for $15) or run off your 12 volt battery if you use a DC to DC adapter found at Radio Shack.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 11, 2008 7:00 AM  

  • I want to hook up dvd player, and the vcr (that does not have the 3 places for red, white and yellow plugs) to my tv and converter box. Help

    By Blogger Te, At October 12, 2008 1:48 PM  

  • How do i hook up my TV, converter box, dvd player, and vcr ( which does not have place for the 3 plugs, yellow, red and white., only yellow and white)???

    By Blogger Te, At October 12, 2008 1:50 PM  

  • You need a RF Modulator if your TV also has no A/V inputs.
    Connect your cables as follows:
    1. Antenna to RF input on converter box
    2. Converter box RF Out to TV, connect to VCR RF input
    3. VCR RF output connect to RF Modulator antenna input
    4. RF Modulator RF Out to TV, connect to TV RF input jack.
    5. DVD player yellow, white, red to RF Modulator yellow, white, red inputs
    This will do it, just remember to select channel 3 (or 4) on all your devices, TV, VCR, Converter box RF output.
    See this image for diagram:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 13, 2008 6:50 AM  

  • How do I hookup an AB switch to my my converter box to be able to switch between dish and local channels in a remote location. Cable from the main dish TV is currently hookedup to an AB switch in this remote location and works great. Have not been able to get the converter box to work with the AB switch. This configuration will allow me to set the Dish TV to a dish channel and be able to switch between it and the local channels. Can it be done? RJ

    By Anonymous RJ, At October 25, 2008 7:34 PM  

  • How do I hookup an old analog TV to a converter box and AB switch with a built in antenna. The UHF/VHF connection has been converted to a 75 ohm connection. It is the only available connection on the TV. Do I need an additional antenna since the feed from the main dish TV is currently connected to this 75 ohm connection? I can get dish channels as controlled by the main TV box and locals from the current antenna. Is it possible to hookup this old TV with a converter box and to work in a similar way? Do I need an AB switch and if so how would I connect them? RJ

    By Anonymous RJ, At October 25, 2008 7:48 PM  

  • Yes, it can be done. See this hookup diagram:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 26, 2008 8:45 AM  

  • how do I hookup a cable dvr box, a non-hd, stereo tv with only one set of red/yellow/white input, r/w output,r/b/g input(shared audio with the r/y/w input), and my dvd/vhs player/recorder?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 26, 2008 1:43 PM  

  • Connect the yellow, white, red outputs on the cable box to the yellow, white, red inputs on the DVD/VHS. Connect the RF output on the cable box to the RF input on the DVD/VHS. Connect the yellow, white, red outputs on the DVD/VHS to the yellow, white, red TV inputs. Connect the RF output on the DVD/VHS to the RF input on the TV.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 26, 2008 7:39 PM  

  • How do I hook up a digital cable reciever, dvr satellite reciever, and two dvd players to my Sony plasma.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 06, 2008 7:21 AM  

  • HDMI out from satellite, HDMI out from cable recvr (or component video) connect to Plasma. Component video out from DVD to Plasma.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At November 07, 2008 6:07 AM  

  • How do I hook up my sattelite hd reciever to my hd tv and my standard tv? Do I use a converter box?

    By Blogger Tony, At November 13, 2008 10:02 AM  

  • It all depends on your satellite receiver but generally an HD box would use a HDMI connection to the HDTV and then you would use most likely the yellow, white, red composite connections to the 2nd TV.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At November 13, 2008 4:31 PM  

  • I would like to have two wires going to / from my TV, so can I take a RF signal to my HDD/DVD recorder and a HDMI from the recorder to a A/V amp input and HDMI output from the A/V amp to the TV and receive a picture/sound weather it be digital or analogue? Both the TV and recorder have analogue and digital tuners.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 09, 2008 6:20 PM  

  • How can I hook up a ps3, a hd cable receiver, and a surround sound system? I want to use the blu-ray from the ps3 and not the 5disc player from the surround sound. Any help would be appreciated. I have two hdmi cables and a optical cord

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 17, 2008 2:45 PM  

  • Connecting a PS3 depends on what type of components you have. See this link for hookup diagrams and information:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 18, 2008 7:44 AM  

  • By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 18, 2008 8:20 AM  

  • How do I hook up my VCR, DVD Recorder, HDTV and Motorola DCH3200 Digital box to all work together???

    PLEASE help

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 23, 2008 12:07 PM  

  • I have an older TV with one set of RCA jacks, S-video, and antenna, I want to hook the newest Dirctv DVR reciever, DVD and surround sound to it. I cannot get video for the DVD with all the configurations I have tried. Audio all goes through the surround sound reciever. It used to work but then my Directv reciever was upgraded and the same hook-ups are not on the newer box. What am I missing?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 25, 2008 6:05 PM  

  • See this web page for hookup diagrams:
    Hookup Diagrams

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 26, 2008 1:33 PM  

  • I am wanting to hook up two televisions to one satellite box. I have Tv#1 hooked up via hdmi to the high def I want to "jump" tv #2 as a monitor to tv #1. Can I do that via rca cables when the signal is being received through Tv#1 on hdmi? or do I need to buy a hdmi splitter to split off the signal before tv#1?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 29, 2008 5:59 PM  

  • It depends on what type of satellite box you have. Many satellite receivers have a second set of output jacks for a TV or VCR and you could use that connection.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 30, 2008 5:57 AM  

  • I have a new HDTV and an old VCR. I also have a new digital converter box. I have a rooftop antenna and do not have cable or satellite tv.

    HOW do I connect the antenna, the VCR, and the DTV converter box so that 1. I can watch over the air programs on the new HDTV, and 2. I can record programs via the VCR? THE VCR is about 4 years old and does not use white/yellow/red cables, if that is important.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 30, 2008 2:08 PM  

  • I need to hook-up an old TV with a converter box, RF modulator, VCR and DVD player.

    Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 30, 2008 5:58 PM  

  • See this diagram for connections:
    Hookup Diagram
    Wal-Mart has RF Modulators with multiple RCA inputs.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 31, 2008 11:43 AM  

  • This is what I am trying to do?

    FTA receiver
    Magnavox DVD player/recorder cmwr 10D6
    Sony DVD home theater system DAV-BC150
    JVC TV I’art
    Thanks matt

    By Blogger vastino_pilote, At December 31, 2008 12:49 PM  

  • You need a signal splitter (available at Radio Shack) to split the antenna signal so that one feed goes to the converter box and the other goes to the HDTV. Then connect the DTV converter box output to the VCR input with coaxial cable. You can connect the VCR to the HDTV in several ways. You could use a yellow video and white audio connection from VCR RCA outputs to HDTV input or you could use coaxial cable but you may have to use something like a video switch or A/B switch if your HDTV only has one RF input jack. You can buy a new DVD recorder with an ATSC tuner built in and then you could eliminate the converter box and splitter.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 01, 2009 6:06 AM  

  • I’m trying to hookup on my enclosed porch a Zenith Converter Box Model DTT900 and an A/B switch to an old Sharp TV (It has a great picture and is in excellent shape). It has a 75 ohm converter attached to the UHF & VHF screws which in turn control the internal rabbit ears antenna. Currently I have connected a cable from my HDTV with Dish Network on to the enclosed porch and attached it to the 75 ohm converter. The TV channel switching mechanism is controlled by 2 buttons, one up and the other down, and 8 vertical channel numbers starting at 3 and includes local channels. Channel 3 connects me to the current channel on my HDTV Dish Network; all other numbers give me local channels from the internal rabbit ears. So far I have been unable to find a setup to give me both the Dish and local channels. Can this be done?
    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 04, 2009 12:40 PM  

  • How do you hookup a analog tv, vcr/dvd, cable box and webtv?

    By Blogger spidyman, At January 11, 2009 10:40 AM  

  • How do I hook up a HD Cable Box, a DVD/VCR Combo, a A/V Receiver to an LCDHDTV?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 13, 2009 6:45 PM  

  • send all questions on hooking up components to and include all model numbers

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 14, 2009 7:09 AM  

  • Need diagram to hookup DTV converter box,TV, VCR,DVD,5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System receiver?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 02, 2009 4:48 PM  

  • Send all requests for diagrams to

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 02, 2009 5:43 PM  

  • I have one analog VCR (Panasonic model #PV-V4601), one DVR (Panasonic model #DMR-HS2 no digital tuner inside), and an analog TV with an HD monitor (Sony Grand Wega model number #KF-50WE610). Is it possible to watch one channel and record two different channels at the same time after the switch to digital transition? I assume I will need 3 different converter boxes to make this work. Can you pls send me a diagram on how to hook this up?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 07, 2009 10:01 AM  

  • will send diagram. thanks for requesting thru

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 07, 2009 11:03 AM  

  • Love the diagrams! Can't figure this one out. Old TV with only three jacks in back with a home theatre system, cable box and a samsung dvd/vhs combo. We can play dvd, vhs, tv and hear audio but it won't record from tv to vhs. Not seeing the signal. Any help on this would be appreciated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 08, 2009 9:30 AM  

  • How do I hookup my Tivo to my Fios

    By Blogger micheloboo, At February 08, 2009 1:18 PM  

  • you will probably need to get cablecards for TIVO box, call your Verizon provider and they should help you with this.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 08, 2009 2:42 PM  

  • how do i hookup a dvd player,wii game system and converter box to analog rca connectors on the television?

    By Blogger scott, At February 16, 2009 6:01 PM  

  • 3 RCA cables, yellow video, white audio and red audio from each to TV. If TV does not have enough inputs, get a audio/video switch box.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 16, 2009 6:53 PM  

  • What Number Is The Best Hookup Diagram For TV,VCR,DVD,And Converter Box,With Out Rf Modulator ? Thank You Rick

    By Blogger Rick Robinson, At February 19, 2009 12:21 AM  

  • send email to with model numbers of your components.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 19, 2009 8:02 AM  

  • Am connecting non-hd tv with 1 RF & 1 set RCA R/W/Y to VCR + DVD + CECB + amplified rabbit ears. Looks similar to diagram #82, so Antenna to CECB RF in; CECB RF out to VCR RF in; VCR RF out to TV RF in; TV RCA R/W/Y to DVD RCA R/W/Y. If this is right, do I also connect DVD RCA R/W/Y to CECB RCA R/W/Y?? I also have RF Modulator, if necessary?

    By Anonymous LtColV, At March 06, 2009 1:40 AM  

  • If you have a DVD player then there is no reason to connect it to the CECB.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 06, 2009 11:10 AM  

  • Figure 82 shows hookup when old TV has just 1 RF jack. How would diagram vary if old TV has one RF & RCA jacks, and DVD is Recorder? Is modulator still needed? Thanks!

    By Anonymous ltcolv, At March 09, 2009 6:48 PM  

  • the page I am looking for is gone from your site - trying to help my neighbor out -- he has 2 vcr`s hooked up to cable tv and a descrambler box in between the 2 vcr boxes - cable guy came over and messed it up !! do you have the proper diagram to wire this up using coaxle cable - thanks

    By Anonymous dennis, At March 14, 2009 5:54 PM  

  • See this post for the answer:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 15, 2009 11:46 AM  

  • By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 15, 2009 12:05 PM  

  • I have a symphonic tv.basic r/f , r,w,y video,& Audio connection, I want to hook up to cable box, dvd/vcr, and regent theater 5.1, can, seem to get the cables in right position, I just want the video, and audio connection,? thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 04, 2009 5:50 PM  

  • see this link for over 90 hookup diagrams. and if you still have questions send model numbers of all gear to

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At April 05, 2009 7:21 AM  

  • How do I hookup my dtv converter box (has s-video), home theater, and analog TV (has s-video and A/V input and A/V outputs)?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 17, 2009 1:04 PM  

  • You must have the Channel Master 7000 as it is one of the very few with S-Video output. Just connect an S-Video cable from converter box S-Video output to TV's S-Video input. Connect RCA audio cables likewise. Would need model of home theater for that.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At May 18, 2009 10:55 AM  

  • How do I hook up a phillips blue-ray dvd player to a HDTV with a HD cable box and a series two TIVO?

    Thank you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 19, 2009 9:54 AM  

  • To connect a Blu-ray player, HD cable TV box, TIVO Series 2 and HDTV, do the following:
    1. Connect Blu-ray player to HDTV using HDMI cable (HDMI input 1 on HDTV).
    2. Connect HD cable TV box to HDTV using HDMI cable (HDMI input 2 on HDTV).
    3. Connect Cable TV box to TIVO using RG-6 coaxial cable from cable box RF output to TIVO RF/ANT input.
    You can try the RCA composite connections also (yellow, white, red).
    4. Connect TIVO to HDTV using RCA cables (yellow, white, red) from TIVO outputs to HDTV inputs.
    TIVO Series 2 cannot record in High-Def video, only standard definition
    but many HD cable boxes, including Scientific Atlanta, will output HD channels to the Composite video (yellow)
    output so a VCR or TIVO can record the video and audio in standard def. Playback to an HDTV will not
    look as good but it is better than nothing.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At May 19, 2009 2:05 PM  

  • I have a new HDTV and an old VCR/DVD combo. I bought the Zinwell 950A digital converter box.

    I have a rooftop antenna and do not have cable or satellite tv.

    HOW do I connect the antenna, the VCR, and the DTV converter box so that

    1. I can watch over the air programs on the new HDTV, and
    2. I can record programs via the VCR? It's an older GO-VIDEO brand.

    Thanks for any help you could provide!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 30, 2009 7:44 AM  

  • Your HDTV should have a built-in ATSC digital TV tuner for broadcast TV and your Zinwell converter box (by the way a very good choice, my favorite) also has a digital tuner.

    Therefore you can view TV shows on your HDTV while at the same time recording another TV show on the VCR. To do this you need a standard RF signal splitter which you can buy at any electronics store for $5.

    Connect your antenna to the splitter input (RG-6 coaxial cable) and then connect two RG-6 coaxial cables from the splitter outputs, one to the Zinwell's RF antenna input and the other to the HDTV antenna input. This provides TV input signals to both the HDTV and the converter box.

    Now connect another RG-6 coaxial cable from the converter box's RF output (To TV) to the VCR/DVD combo unit's RF/ANTENNA input. This provides a converted signal to the VCR so you can record. Tune channels on the Zinwell and have the VCR on channel 3.

    Connect RCA cables (yellow, white and red) from the combo unit's output to the HDTV inputs (yellow, white and red). This provides playback from the VCR/DVD to the HDTV. Select the HDTV video input for the connected combo unit when playing tapes or DVDs.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At May 30, 2009 7:49 AM  

  • I have a several years old Sony projector analog tv, an outside antenna, dish network two receiver sat. system and a vcr. There are two co ax cables one from the outside antenna the other from the sat. receiver which is a combined signal of the two sat. receivers. I recently purchased a Tivax analog pass through converter and was able to get it programmed for analog conversion but can only get the system to work off the remote radio controlled sat. receiver and without the VCR hooked up. The sat. receiver I have next to the questioned TV is infra red controlled. I know this is complicated and I'm not very savy but is there a way to get this hooked up without too much more complication. I've looked at all the available wiring diagrams I can find on line but none fit the bill? Help!! Phil Mc

    By Anonymous Pmac, At May 31, 2009 7:27 PM  

  • I assume you have an existing working satellite system and you get local channels via an outside VHF/UHF antenna. With the 2009 transition to digital broadcast TV, you need a converter box to continue to get local channels.

    You need to connect the outside VHF/UHF antenna coax cable to the converter box ANTENNA INPUT. Local channels are tuned on the converter box using the remote that came with the converter box. Your TV should have multiple inputs for video and audio including coax and RCA. RCA inputs are yellow, white, red. You have several options. You can connect the satellite receiver to the TV
    using coax and connect the converter box to the TV using RCA cables. Then select satellite channels on the TV coax input,
    typically channel 3 or 4 and local channels by switching to the TV's RCA inputs, typically VIDEO 1 or VIDEO 2.

    The VCR can be connected as well by using the coax inputs and the RCA inputs and outputs to the TV. Depending on what you want to do, record local channels and/or record satellite channels, connect the VCR in between the converter box and the TV and between the satellite receiver and the TV. The VCR will pass-thru to the TV via the coax connections but you'll have to have the VCR powered on for the RCA connections to always work, recording or just viewing. Select LINE INPUT on the VCR for
    the RCA connected input. Switch inputs on the TV using the TV's remote.

    As far as the second TV, you will probably want to buy a second converter box for it. If so, you'll need a RF splitter so you can connect the single coax from the antenna thru the splitter and on to each of the converter boxes.

    Try to keep it simple by separating the VHF/UHF antenna connection thru the converter box to the TV and the satellite connection to the TV. Some people have run into problems when trying to run the converter box output thru the satellite receiver.

    By using the TV's different inputs you can switch to local channels or satellite channels.

    With all those remotes switching
    inputs and channels, you may want to think about getting a learning universal remote.

    See the diagram here:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At June 01, 2009 8:55 AM  

  • Great site but cannot find answer to my problem.
    All Sony devices. HDV camcorder with iLink to record on DVD recorder. The Recorder is linked with HDM1 cable to back of TV. all set to record to the HDD and would expect to watch progress on the TV.BUT
    No picture displayed to indicate progress of the recording.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 15, 2009 6:13 AM  

  • Sounds like you are not selecting the proper input on the recorder and/or the TV.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At June 15, 2009 9:05 AM  

  • how do i hook up a playstation 3 to an RF modulator and a directv box to an old TV that only has one plug in? and would this be safe to do?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 01, 2009 11:45 PM  

  • Connect the yellow, white and red RCA cables from the PS3 to the RF Modulator and the DirecTV RF coaxial output to the RF Modulator and the RF Mod RF output to the TV. Yes is works and is safe to do.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 02, 2009 5:13 AM  

  • Is there a diagram to hook up a satellite receiver / outside antenna / TV / VCR-DVD combo / & DTV convertor box? I need to be able to access my sat recvr signal and also get the local channels as I previously did with my rabbit ears.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 11, 2009 10:20 AM  

  • There are several options. One way is to use a RF splitter ($3 to $5) as a combiner with the DTV box RF output and the satellite receiver's RF output going into the splitter and the splitter output going to the TV RF input. This way as long as you only have one of the sources powered on at a time, either DTV box or sat box, it will work.

    Select channel 3 (or 4) on the TV. If you want to add the VCR/DVD combo, assuming it has a tuner and RF in and out, just connect the splitter output to the VCR RF input instead of the TV and then connect the combo unit's RF out to the TV RF in. Select channel 3 (or 4) on the combo's tuner. Then for the DVD, run RCA video and audio cables (yellow, white, red) from combo unit RCA outputs to the TV RCA inputs (yellow to yellow etc.) For TVs without RCA inputs, you need a RF Modulator to use the DVD.

    If your TV has enough RCA inputs, connect the Converter box's RCA outputs and the sat box's RCA outputs to the TV using two sets of RCA inputs and select the video input on the TV to get sat box or DTV box. To add the VCR/DVD combo, you could connect sat box to VCR using RCA cables and then connect converter box to VCR using coaxial cable to RF input. This way you can select either line input on the combo unit for the satellite or channel 3 for the over-the-air channels. Output to the TV using RCA video and audio cables (yellow, white, red) from combo unit's common (VCR/DVD) output.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 12, 2009 11:23 AM  

  • I have a new Samsung 55" flat HDTV, an HD Cable box, and a 3 or 4 year old JVC DVD/VCR Recorder Combo.
    I used an HDMI cable from the cable box to the TV. I connected the green,blue and red wires from the DVD/VCR output to the red,white, yellow audios & video component in jacks. I can play back video tapes and dvd's. I can't figure out how to record from the tv. None of my connections worked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 15, 2009 4:22 PM  

  • You will record from the cable box, not the TV. Connect yellow to yellow (video), white to white (audio) RCA cables from cable box outs to combo inputs.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 16, 2009 5:54 AM  

  • I have a HTiB (DVD / Receiver combo) with one HDMI output (no optical or digital coax) XBOX 360 and HD Cable box (one HDMI out) - Plasma TV with 2 HDMI inputs on the back - 1 input in the back

    i want to use HDMI exclusively - would an HDMI switcher allow me to pass audio and video for each component?

    By Blogger ChuckIT, At July 17, 2009 11:36 AM  

  • Yes, assuming each source component is sending audio as well as video over HDMI.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 18, 2009 8:07 AM  

  • Hello,
    I am writing a user manual for my class project, would I need permission to use a combination of the graphical/text instruction for it? The user manual is showing how to operate and hook up a VCR.



    By Anonymous James, At July 25, 2009 6:53 AM  

  • The only thing you would have to do is give credit to Columbia ISA Audio/Video in your write-up.
    Thanks for asking.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 25, 2009 9:14 AM  

  • I have a new Sharp hdtv which has only one audio output and its coax. I want to connect the tv to my stereo tuner/speakers (Sony/Bose). The tuner has only RCA input. Is there a converter cable (coax to RCA) available? I need something very easy to connect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 10, 2009 11:53 AM  

  • YES, a small thumb-sized adapter is available at Radio Shack for about $5. RCA on one end and coax on the other.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 10, 2009 4:41 PM  

  • Just visited Radio Shack: they said they don't have an adapter. I returned later with diagrams for the backs of all the components (hdtv, stereo, dvd player, vcr) hoping there was some kind of work around. Apparently the only 2 components that will talk to each other are the hdtv and digital dvd player. At their suggestion, I tried hooking up my pc speakers to the headphone jack (?): nothing. Any other ideas? Or do I just have a piece of junk tv?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 12, 2009 12:38 PM  

  • Radio Shack does have them. I bought one myself. Try another Radio Shack in town. You might get lucky and find staff that is competent. If that fails, you can buy one online at here is the link
    it only costs $1.95

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 13, 2009 9:42 AM  

  • What is the model number of your TV?

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 14, 2009 6:11 AM  

  • The model # is LC-26SH12U. The irony of it is that the "upgrade" version (32") has RCA audio output. It seems that I will have to buy some new components to make my Costco "good deal hdtv" work properly. My VCR, which is old, only has white and yellow connectors so I'm guessing I have to decide whether it's cost effective to buy a new one, given that it's an obsolete format.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 14, 2009 10:27 AM  

  • Another quick question ... I find that I get MUCH higher volume from Radio stations than through the Satellite when playing music. If I hear a great song on an HD channel and crank it up it is loud but if I do the same thing from an FM station I can shatter windows for three blocks.

    Does that make sense?

    By Anonymous Gary, At August 14, 2009 12:39 PM  

  • The TV you have has a DIGITAL COAX audio Out. Unfortunately it has no analog RCA audio Out. So you have several options:

    1) Return the TV, if possible, and buy a TV with analog RCA audio outputs for connection to a stereo receiver.

    2) Buy a Audio/Video receiver with Dolby Digital decoding. Make sure it has digital coax audio input. You can get one for around $179.
    Then connect current TV digital coax audio output to receiver digital coax audio input using a digital audio RCA cable and listen thru loudspeakers.

    3) Buy a $40 digital TV converter box and connect stereo RCA outputs to stereo receiver inputs (white and red RCA).

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 14, 2009 2:09 PM  

  • I have the following equipment in my motorhome:

    a. HD Satellite Disg.
    b. Direct TV HD Receiver.
    c. Sharp LC32GA5U TV.
    d. Sony DAV-BC250 A/V System w/DVD player.
    e. Digital Converter Box.

    How do I hook up all of this equipment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 17, 2009 7:38 AM  

  • Connect the DirecTV box to the TV with a HDMI cable. Connect the digital audio output on the DirecTV box to the digital audio input on the Sony DAV-BC250. Connect the converter box to the TV with a RF coaxial cable. Connect the Sony DAV-BC250 to the TV with component video RCA cables (green, blue, red). (OUT to IN)

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 17, 2009 10:58 AM  

  • Great blog - thanks! Just upgraded from 25" CRT to a 54" plasma. Here are my components:

    * Panasonic 54V10 HD TV
    * Sony STR510 receiver
    * Tivo Humax DVR (series 2)
    * Scientific Atlanta 4250 HD cable box

    I want to be able to still use my Tivo (for now) to record in standard definition until we switch to FIOS and/or upgrade to a Tivo HD box. Problem is, I am completely lost when it comes to hooking all this up. I would like to run all the sound through the receiver.

    The Tivo is the only one without an HDMI port.

    I have plenty of HDMI cables,as well as composite. I do not have any other cables handy, so if possible, want to use what I have.

    Thanks much for any help you can offer.


    By Blogger mab, At August 18, 2009 8:14 PM  

  • Connect coaxial RF cable from cable box RF out to Tivo RF input jack. This provides standard def video and audio. Connect Tivo S-video or composite video out to TV input. This provides video from Tivo to TV. Connect component video (green, blue, red) from cable box out to TV input. This provides High-def video from cable box to TV.

    For audio, connect stereo RCA cables (white, red) from Tivo audio out to A/V receiver analog audio input such as AUX, CD etc. and for cable TV, connect RCA stereo (white, red) from cable box audio out to A/V receiver analog audio input. For surround sound, use optical or digital coaxial audio cable from cable box out to A/V receiver digital audio input.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 19, 2009 11:33 AM  

  • How do I hook-up the following:
    Cable Signal, Dish box, VCR, all 3 to the TV? I want to record from Dish or Cable.
    Looked in "diagrams" but did not see one.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 17, 2009 6:49 PM  

  • There are several ways to do that. One way is to use an A/B switch or you could even use a 2-way RF splitter in reverse (as long as only one of the sources is powered on at a time). Connect the RF output from the cable box using coaxial RF cable (RG-6) to one input on the A/B switch (or splitter). Connect the RF output on the satellite receiver (To TV) to the other input on the switch (or splitter). Then connect the RF output on the A/B switch or splitter using RG-6 cable to the VCR's antenna input (RF). Make sure the cable TV box and the satellite receiver are outputting thru their RF out on channel 3. This is typically the case. You need to set the VCR on channel 3 to record from satellite or cable TV and tune channels as you normally would on the cable box and sat box. Next connect a RF coaxial cable (RG-6) from the VCR's RF output jack to the TV set's RF antenna input jack. The VCR should output on channel 3. Select channel 3 on the TV.

    If you wanted to use composite video and audio connections (3 RCA cables, yellow, white and red) and your TV has these inputs, you would get a better picture and stereo sound. Most cable TV boxes and sat boxes have these RCA outputs. You would just need to buy an RCA type Audio/Video switch box. has them for about $20. The A/V switch box has 2 or more inputs for each of the 3 RCA cables and 1 output. You could install the A/V switchbox between the cable TV box / Sat box and the VCR. Use the VCR's A/V inputs (yellow, white, red) and then output to the TV using 3 RCA cables. Set the VCR to LINE INPUT for recording and set the TV to the proper VIDEO input.

    A/B switches and splitters are available at Radio Shack, Home Depot and online for about $5.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At September 19, 2009 9:50 AM  

  • I have a Samsung LED HDTV. Cable in my area in NOT HD so I have a standard cable converter box. I have a Yamaha 7.1 receiver and an old DVD/VCR combo. Is there a diagram already set up for this combo? The TV is wall mounted and I have conduit running to it to run cabling (about 12 ft needed). I can handle the speakers but I need help with the AV hookups. Thanks

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 13, 2009 11:38 AM  

  • Hopefully you have over-the-air digital TV in your area. Otherwise that new Samsung will not give you what you paid for. Connect a good VHF/UHF antenna using RG-6 coax cable to the HDTV's RF ANT input jack. If your local TV stations broadcast any HD, at least you can see that. You did not say if the DVD/VCR had a tuner so connect the cable box to the DVD/VCR input jacks using yellow video and white and red audio RCA cables. Record using the LINE input on the combo unit. Connect the yellow video output on the combo unit to the HDTV's yellow video input. Select this input to view cable TV and tune channels on the cable box. Connect the white and red audio out on the combo unit to the Yamaha analog white and red audio inputs. You can use CD, AUX, anything except PHONO input. Connect the DVD/VCR digital audio out to the Yamaha's digital audio input (optical or coaxial).

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At November 14, 2009 3:07 PM  

  • I want to know if I can connect my iPod and iPhone to my TV.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 04, 2009 5:28 PM  

  • Yes, most current models can connect to a TV using component or composite cables from Apple. These cables connect to the Apple iPod or iPhone with a proprietary connector (cables are around $50 from Apple) and then use RCA connectors to the TV for video and audio.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 04, 2009 5:31 PM  

  • I'm having a problem recording TV from a satellite receiver and a over the air antenna. The DVD/VHS player is analog. The other components are:
    * TV: Sony Bravia Model KDL-40SL130
    * DirecTv Receiver Model D12-100
    * DVD/VHS combo Toshiba Model SD-V290
    * Over the air antenna
    Since everything is being broascast digital, is it still possible to record to a analog VCR, or do I need to update to a digital recorder?
    Thanks for your help.

    By Anonymous Steve P, At December 15, 2009 11:10 AM  

  • Yes it is still possible to record to DVD/VHS. Connect the yellow video and white audio RCA cables to the recorder's inputs and connect the outputs of the recorder to the TV similar inputs. Select the line input on the recorder and view on the TV. Select TVs line input. Very possible, the receiver should convert to analog for you.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 17, 2009 7:18 AM  

  • Should I buy super expensive loudspeakers for my home audio system? Will they really sound better than average speakers?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 02, 2010 5:50 AM  

  • The most expensive loudspeakers in the world will not give you any better sound than what is put into them. Speakers can only reproduce what is given to them. You give them bad input and you are going to get bad output. The point is you have to look at your home audio system as a total system. If you want fantastic sound you need the whole package, good music source, good amplification, proper connections and finally, good properly positioned speakers. Super expensive speakers by themselves do not mean super good sound. Even a modest audio system will beat a bad audio system with super expensive speakers. Are the expensive speakers better? Yes they are. They have better designs, materials and function. Are they worth the extra money? Only you can decide this. Some people buy these types of speakers to impress or go one up on the neighbor. But if you enjoy your music and want to spend a fair amount of time listening and you can afford them, then these type of speakers will add to your enjoyment.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 02, 2010 7:06 AM  

  • I am trying to hook-up a Panasonic Blu-Ray DVD player to a Sony HDTV and Sony home theater system (DAV-500). I have connected the DVD player to the TV using the HDMI cable and the video seems to be working great. The problem I am having is with the audio. The DVD player has audio out jacks for 5.1 audio (R&L front and rear speakers and center channel and subwoofer) so there are 6 output jacks in all. However, the Sony home theater system only has two (R&L) audio in do I get the 6 jacks from the Blu-Ray player to feed into only two jacks on the home theater system???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 03, 2010 1:23 PM  

  • I have a DTV converter box with a remote. I have other devices and want to only use one remote. What are the codes for other devices?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 03, 2010 1:51 PM  

  • Most DTV converter boxes have a remote that controls the box itself. Some few can also turn the power on and off on your TV. However there are very few which can control other components. Most of these converter boxes are very simple and even the ones with some control over a TV cannot control your Home Theater or even your DVD player. The solution is to get a universal remote which can control your DVD player, your TV and also your DTV converter box as well as other devices. You can get a simple universal remote for as little as $10 which can control 3 or 4 devices. This way you only need one remote. Finding the codes for each device is the hard part. You have to look for each brand and type of component you have, then try all the listed codes until one works. This can be a little frustrating. There are also whats called learning remotes. With these remotes you just place your existing device's remote face to face with the learning remote and the learning remote can pick up the codes and keep them when you press the buttons on the device's remote. It "learns" the codes. This way you don't have to keep searching for the codes. Some of the less well known brands of DTV converter boxes may not be listed on the universal remote's codes listing.

    The Insignia brand DTV converter box is the same as the Zenith so look under Zenith DTV for the codes if Insignia is not listed. Zinwell may be a problem. RCA should be listed. Philco should be listed but check if at all possible before buying the remote. Otherwise make sure you can return it. I can say that for the Philips universal remote I bought at Wal-Mart, the code for my Insignia (Zenith) DTV converter box is 267.

    For those with extra cash to spend, you can get a very heavy duty programmable remote such as the Harmony from Logitech. If you're unfamiliar with Logitech's Harmony remotes, here's the concept in a nutshell: you set up the remote by plugging it into your computer and telling a web-based application what gear you own. Then you set up "Activities" like "Watch DVD," "Watch TV," or "Play Xbox," describing all the different input settings for all your different gear. Many universal remotes work with all your stuff, but in order to switch to the DVD player, you have to turn this thing to Input 4, that other thing to "DVD," turn on the DVD player, switch the remote over to DVD control, and so on. On a Harmony, you press the Watch DVD activity and it does all those things for you. The latest Harmony is the only remote you will ever need.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 03, 2010 4:52 PM  

  • What you will want to do is connect the optical output from the Blu-ray to the optical input on the DAV-500. This gives you surround sound. You need an optical audio cable, about $12.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 04, 2010 12:08 PM  

  • HOw do I hook up my old VCR/DVD combo to my new HDTV and cable box? The TV and the Cable have a HDMI cord. No HDMI with the VCR/DVD. Current hookup won't tape to VCR without TV being kept on the entire time. Any help out there?

    By Blogger clwheestro, At February 01, 2010 3:15 PM  

  • Most HDMI capable cable boxes also have a yellow video and white and red audio outputs which you connect to the combo unit's inputs (yellow to yellow etc.) for recording TV shows. The HDMI or component video outputs on the cable box connect to the HDTV. A second set of cables from the combo unit's outputs to the HDTV for playback.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 04, 2010 7:14 PM  

  • I have a Bluray player which can access movies from Netflix. I have a wireless network at home. How do I connect the Bluray wirelessly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 08, 2010 8:04 AM  

  • Until you can buy a Bluray player with true built-in Wi-Fi, you need some kind of adapter for the player. Samsung sells two Bluray players, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 which come with an adapter for wireless use but other players will need an additional purchase for wireless use. You can buy an Ethernet Bridge adapter which allows you to connect your player with an Ethernet cable (CAT-5) to the bridge and the bridge will send wirelessly to your wireless router. Make sure you get a compatible adapter and check the speed. You are going to need fast data speeds for HD movies. Some setup will be required as far as IP address etc. Sony sells the BDP-N460 Bluray player which will work wirelessly but Sony specifically says that you need to purchase a wireless device in order to make it work wirelessly. They suggest the LinkSys by Cisco WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge, around $80 at Be careful as there are incompatibilities with devices and not all Bluray players can stream online. Some can only do firmware updates online.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 08, 2010 8:27 AM  

  • i have a rv with 3 tvs. just received new dvd player and can't seem to watch tv on front tv and play a dvd on back tv. How do you aire 3 tvs on the main winegard converter box

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 21, 2010 6:37 AM  

  • I'm searching for a VCR that has the old style cable connections, (In & out) to an old style TV. I need to be able to record one channel while watching another. Any suggestions?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 21, 2010 5:52 PM  

  • VCRs are all over the place and readily available. Try or your local or your local thrift store like Goodwill. If you still cannot find one, let me know. I have 50 of them.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 22, 2010 7:02 AM  

  • I would need more information to know exactly what setup you have in your RV, but generally DVD players connect to a TV with 3 RCA cables, one yellow video and two audio, white and red. DVD players are very inexpensive so you might consider getting several and locating them next to each TV. If not, you would need to run cable over a longer length, so you could use RG-6 coax cable and a RF modulator. The DVD player connects to the RF modulator with the 3 RCA cables and the modulator outputs to the TV over the RG-6 coax cable. You could run the RG-6 cable thru the length of the RV to the other TV. Select channel 3 (or 4) on the TV and use the RF/VHF/ANT input jack on the TV.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 22, 2010 7:39 AM  

  • hi,
    can't find the configuration i need in your list of diagrams.

    I need to connect an old tv (no rca jacks), dtv converter box with old vcr and a dvd player to an a/v reciever.

    Brand/Models are:

    DTV - Zenith - DTT901
    tv - GE - 13GP240
    VCR - Panasonic - PV 4720
    DVD - JVC -XV-S500
    Receiver - JVC - RX884V

    I would like to watch tv, tape from vcr and watch dvds in stereo through reciever.

    I've tried as jvc manuals suggest but no matter what there is no video for dvd.. I can see dvd if I go through the vcr, unpluging converter box rca jacks and pluging in dvd rca jacks for the duration.

    I could really use your help.


    By Anonymous Jem, At February 24, 2010 6:24 AM  

  • See this link for a hookup diagram showing VCR, DVD, DTV box, TV with only RF input and audio receiver:

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 25, 2010 7:57 AM  

  • See this link for a diagram: and go to number 115.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 25, 2010 8:03 AM  

  • By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 25, 2010 8:52 AM  

  • hi,
    I can't find the configuration I need in your list of diagrams.

    I need to connect an old Betamax with rca Line In and Line Out and RF In and RF Out to vcr/dvd combo, hdtv, and dvr cable box. I want to be able to record from Betamax to dvd so I can convert old beta tapes to dvd. I thought your diagram #72 might work but did not have RF-Out connection on my dvr.

    Brand/Models are:

    Sony Betamax - Super Beta Hi-Fi SL-HF450
    hdtv - Sharp Aquos LC-42D85U
    vcr/dvd = Panasonic - DMR-ES30V
    verizon hd/dvr - Motorola QIP-6416

    I have tried various combinations of connections for the past month with no luck and could really use your help.


    By Blogger Diana, At March 13, 2010 11:31 AM  

  • Your Betamax has the yellow RCA video output and the white and red audio RCA outputs. To copy Beta tapes, connect RCA cables from Betamax yellow video OUT to the combo unit yellow video INPUT. For audio connect RCA cables white and red from Beta white and red OUTPUTs to the combo unit white and red audio INPUTs (next to video). Select on the combo, the INPUT for the Betamax connections using the combo's remote. Play tapes on Betamax and record on the combo unit.

    Connect combo OUTPUTs (video and audio) to the TV INPUTs and select on the TV the input connected to the combo using the TV remote.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 14, 2010 4:39 PM  

  • i have a hitachi 50ux53k projection tv and i want to connect a directv satellite box, a hitachi vt-fx613a vhs vcr, and a sony dav-dx155 surround sound system to it. do anyone have a wiring diagram to hook this combination together

    By Blogger Billy, At August 04, 2010 8:13 PM  

  • how to hook up LG 42LD550 HDTV, LG BD530 blu-ray, Onkyo TX930 amplifier, Panasonic PV9661 VCR, all to play thru my amplifier...

    By Blogger Rodney, At November 28, 2010 10:08 AM  

  • OK, I got your email with components. Will reply with hookup.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At November 29, 2010 6:09 AM  

  • I have a LCD tv and want to add a bluray player. How do I hook up my stereo receiver so I can listen thru my speakers. The receiver only has RCA cables (analog)?

    By Blogger Stephen, At December 11, 2010 1:39 PM  

  • That is easy to do, just connect RCA audio cables (white and red) from the Bluray player's white and red audio outs to an available input on the stereo receiver such as CD, AUX etc. Switch the receiver to the connected input and you should get sound from your connected loudspeakers.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 14, 2010 5:46 AM  

  • I need to connect optical audio out from a Set Top Box to analogue L & R on my TV (which only has DVI for digital connection, no digital audio). I already use HDMI to DVI to transmit the video from the STB. The STB does not have RCA L & R outputs, optical digital toslink/spdif only.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 19, 2011 6:53 AM  

  • In order to do what you want you would need a converter/adapter to take optical audio to analog audio. Check into GEFEN products. They have some of these adapters. Normally you route the optical digital audio to a Audio/Video Receiver for processing.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At June 21, 2011 7:27 AM  

  • what's the best way to hook up a dvd player to output to two tv's? No audio needed. Just using the tv's as monitors.

    By Anonymous Dale, At August 17, 2011 9:56 AM  

  • A standard DVD player typically has a yellow composite video output and a green, blue, red component video output. Both are RCA cable connections. So you can connect the RCA yellow video cable to one TV and then the other TV using the green, blue, red cable connections for video. The DVD player should output on both composite and component video at the same time.
    If your TV(s) do not have component video inputs, you will need to go to Radio Shack and buy one adapter cable which splits the video output from the DVD player (yellow) so that two TVs can be connected.
    You can probably use a piggyback audio cable (white and red). This cable has a RCA male connector along with a female port at one end and a male RCA connector at the other end. Connect the male/female end to the DVD players yellow video output. Connect a RCA video cable (yellow) to the female port on the cable. Now you have two cables going out. Connect the other piggyback end to one TV (you can use white or red but pick one and leave the other color disconnected). Connect the yellow RCA video cable to the second TV's yellow video input. Be sure to select the proper video input on the TV. Insert DVD. Press PLAY on the DVD player and you will see two TVs with the same video.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At August 20, 2011 3:11 PM  

  • I have a Phillips monitor that is connected to my cable box with component cable(blue, red, green) I have speakers (red, white) component cables also attached to my cable box. I'm trying to connect my Samsung dvd/vcr player, also with component cables, but I'm confused. Can somebody help me?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 18, 2011 7:17 PM  

  • would need to know model numbers of TV, player to know what inputs you have for hookups.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 19, 2011 8:52 PM  

  • My Philips tv monitor is 42fd9934/17s, my samsung/dvd/vcr is dvd-8600, and my cable box is a scientific atlanta explorer 4250hdc. I am using component cables to monitor from cable box. I have a set of independent speakers ( because the monitor does not have) hooked up to the cable box. When I hook up the dvd/vcr to monitor, I still need sound. I'm thinking of putting a splitter in line with cable and speakers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 23, 2011 11:47 AM  

  • how do i view my netflix/roku on my old tv i was watching it regularly without cable for awhile but just recently added cable while connecting cable box i could not connect both so right now its just cable not netflix need assistance

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 23, 2011 8:12 PM  

  • to connect both using coax cables, an A/B switch may work. Get one at Radio Shack or online for about $5 and switch to netflix or cable manually using the A/B switch. If your TV has RCA inputs, connect the roku to tv using yellow video and white audio cables then select on the TV, RCA input to view netflix.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 24, 2011 10:49 AM  

  • You might need to use an RF Modulator for an old TV without RCA inputs. Connect the ROKU box RCA plugs into the RF modulator and a coaxial cable to the TV and select channel 3 (or 4)

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 24, 2011 1:14 PM  

  • Monitor without speakers...what you need is the piggyback audio cable in order to run both dvd player and cable box to speakers. This audio cable is available at Radio Shack or online and has an extra lead for white and red stereo audio so you have two stereo connections. Run a white and red RCA audio cable to cable box and to DVD player with the other end to the speakers.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At October 24, 2011 4:35 PM  

  • Is there a way to hook up an RCA Digital Media Recorder (Model DRC7005N)so that it will record digital broadcast stations? Do I need a second converter box? I've tried hooking it up to my analog TV which uses a converter box with no luck. And, I've tried hooking it up to the HDTV in the kids' playroom, but it cannot pick up the digital stations; it only picks up the analog stations. So, I'm wondering if getting a converter box for it would enable it to record the digital stations?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 25, 2011 10:18 AM  

  • You should be able to connect a DTV converter box either via the RF input or the 3 composite inputs (yellow, white, red) then select using the DVD recorder's remote control INPUT button. The DTV converter box will send out an analog signal on channel 3 or 4 (RF) or analog line (yellow, white, red input)so you can record in effect, the digital broadcast channels. You can also connect a cable box or satellite receiver.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At November 25, 2011 6:39 PM  

  • How do I hook up my dvd/vhs recorder, wii console streaming netflix, and cable dvr box so that dvd recorder can record from any of those devices? DVD recorder only recognizes two input devices.

    By Blogger tamiko210, At January 13, 2012 9:49 AM  

  • If you have more input devices than the recorder has input ports, you can get an Audio/Video Switch box with multiple inputs and select the input device you want to record. Go to and search for audio/video switch box.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 13, 2012 8:19 PM  

  • I have a marantz av9000 pre/pro that doesn't have an HDMI port, but I want to hear the lossless sound. I was told to use the multichannel inputs but when I do, there is no sound. I have a bluray player with HDMI ports. How can I set this up so that I can use my bluray and surround system?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 21, 2012 4:02 PM  

  • Your Marantz AVR is a 1999 model and it is only a preamp meaning you also need a power amplifier (which I assume you have). Your Blu-ray player is probably much more current, so matching up audio technologies is not as easy as it could be if you got a current audio/video receiver, but given what you have it is possible to do what you want if your Blu-ray player has internal decoding capability and analog multi-channel RCA audio outputs (6 or 8).

    You need 6 RCA analog audio cables connected to the Blu-ray audio outs and the player has to be set to PCM audio output, not bitstream.

    Your Blu-ray movie has to have the PCM audio tracks available which many do, but not all.

    You would connect all 6 RCA cables from the Blu-ray player to the proper INPUTS on the Marantz ie. Center, left surround, right surround etc.

    Next connect 6 more RCA audio cables from the Marantz's AUDIO OUTPUTS ie. center, left surround etc. to your power amp's RCA analog inputs just the same as the pre-amp's 6. This provides the surround sound 6 channels to the amplifier for output to its connected 6 loudspeakers.

    Now when you say lossless audio, I assume you mean Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and other cousin codecs. First of all, this audio source has to be available on the Blu-ray Disc. If it is and your Blu-ray player has the capability to handle it and send it out over multi-channel analog and you connect all the RCA cables up properly, then yes, it can be done. Be sure you find and connect the correct ports on the player, pre-amp and power-amp.

    If your Blu-ray player only has HDMI out, then you are talking about buying new hardware anyway and you might as well get a current AVR with HDMI.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 21, 2012 6:57 PM  

  • How do I hookup an Audio 2000 AKM701 mixer to a karaoke system?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 22, 2012 2:51 PM  

  • The Mixer has several stereo RCA outputs. Connect white and red RCA audio cables from one set of outputs (vcr for example) to a set of RCA white and red inputs on the karaoke system. There are audio adapters if RCA inputs are not available.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 22, 2012 5:34 PM  

  • I have HD Cable Box Sony HDTV with 2 HDMIs & 2 DVD recorders, one is an HDD with a tuner. How can I connect the 2 DVD recorders to HDTV & HD Cable Box so I can record on both of them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 08, 2012 1:22 AM  

  • Connect HD cable box to HDTV with HDMI. Connect HD cable box's yellow video and white and red audio outs to DVD recorder 1 yellow video and white and red audio inputs. This allows channels tuned on the cable box to record on DVD recorder 1. DVD is not HD capable but can record in SD. HDD can be HD capable. Select the proper LINE input on DVD recorder 1.

    For DVD recorder 2, you have options. You can connect directly to HD cable box or you can connect recorder 2's inputs to recorder 1's outputs.

    To connect directly to cable box, buy two sets of good quality piggyback audio cables. These cables are available online at or get them at Radio Shack. Basically they allow a second RCA cable connection coming off the first (piggyback) so you can connect to another device. Buy 2 sets because you need 3 cables (video, white audio, red audio) and connect to yellow, white and red jacks. This way both recorders get the same signals from the cable box.

    If you want to passthru from recorder 1 to recorder 2, just connect 1's outputs to 2's inputs and 2's outputs (yellow, white, red) to the TV. Select the LINE input on recorder 2.

    And yes the piggyback audio cable will work for the video connection as long as it is good quality cable. Buy thick cables, not cheap thin cables.

    So you have 3 piggyback cables (video, audio, audio) going from cable box to recorder 1 inputs and then connect your regular RCA video and audio cables into the piggyback ports on each cable to the second recorder's 3 RCA inputs (yellow, white, red). Connect outputs of recorders to the HDTV. Select on the HDTV the proper source for viewing recordings.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At February 08, 2012 7:13 AM  

  • Subject: Over Wiring diagrams.
    I own the following devices: Just cannot seem to get the wiring correct .
    On your “Over 100 Wiring Diagrams.” Is there any particular number there that would pertain EXACTLY to my needs for the following four devices?
    I do not need or use a cable box. TV source comes right in from the cable company. Also, I do not use a RF Modulator nor Analog Converter Box as I do not even know what these are. Obviously there is no need for me to have one.

    Sony 27 in. Television. Model # - KV – 27525 Manufactured - Dec. 1996

    Go.Video DVR 4100

    Tivo Series 2 DT Digital Video Recorder.

    Cisco 4742 HDC Cable Box.

    Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 28, 2012 2:29 PM  

  • You say quote I do not use or need a cable box yet you list a cable box, Cisco, so I'm wondering which is true. Also if you have the Cisco cable box, you should get a new digital TV to take advantage of the high definition TV shows available from cable TV. To hookup, use yellow, white and red RCA cables from Cisco box to the TIVO inputs and same out to the TV from the TIVO yellow, white, red outputs. Your cable company should have a DVR cable box so you can eliminate the TIVO and other DVR.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 29, 2012 6:25 AM  

  • How can i hook up my TV to the DirecTV DVR , to my DVD player and VCR so that I can watch one show and record another at the same time?
    My tv has all of the updated connections and I also have an rf modulator.

    By Anonymous vickey, At June 30, 2012 1:27 PM  

  • It would be helpful to know the exact model numbers of all your components. It makes a difference how you hookup and the capabilities of each.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At June 30, 2012 8:11 PM  

  • How do I hook up the following components?


    Dish_VIP722 DVR

    Pioneer_VSX 502

    Sony BlueRay_BDP-BX2

    Digital Max_DMD R0501


    I'd like to be able to record from the DVR and the Panasonic to the Digital Max. (Individually, of course. Not simultaneously.)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 09, 2012 4:57 PM  

  • 1. Connect an HDMI cable from Blu-ray player to TV (HDMI out to HDMI in)
    2. Connect an HDMI cable from Dish Receiver to TV (HDMI out to HDMI in)
    3. Connect 3 RCA cables (yellow, white, red) from Dish Receiver to VSX-502 LD inputs.
    4. Connect 1 RCA cable (yellow) from VSX-502 Monitor Out to TV yellow input.
    5. Connect 3 RCA cables (yellow, white, red) from Panasonic common (vcr/dvd) output to VSX-502 VCR 1 inputs.
    6. Connect 3 RCA cables (yellow, white, red) from VSX-502 VCR2 outputs to the Digital Max DVD recorder's inputs.
    7. Connect 3 RCA cables (yellow, white, red) from the Digital Max outputs to the VSX-502 VCR2 inputs.
    Select proper source on VSX-502 and also on the TV.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At July 10, 2012 3:31 PM  

  • I have a series of things I want to hookup but don't know how - help! I have Dish HD Sat. Samsung HDTV #LN32D403,a DVD Recorder#ZC32MW8B/F7(no HDMI hookup) and an old Emerson VCR #EMV401A.I don't care for recording on the vcr(just play Disney tapes) can it be done and how?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 05, 2012 6:19 AM  

  • I have a Direct tv hig-def box which has a HDMI, a RCA component output and s-video outputs. The HDMI output is connected to my TV. I also have a coaxial cable that runs about 90 feet through walls to a bedroom TV. I would like to be able to watch in the bedroom (on a high-def TV) what is on the main TV. Is this possible? Can I split the HDMI signal and convert it to the coaxial cable or convert the component or s-video cables to coaxial? Thank You

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 29, 2013 2:24 PM  

  • Your best bet is to use a second DirecTV receiver in the bedroom. By using only the DirecTV receiver you have, you are limited to what that receiver tunes (and how do you control it from the bedroom?) However if you want to, you can buy an RF Modulator with a S-Video input and connect your DirecTV receiver's S-video out. Then connect your coaxial cable to the RF Modulator's OUT TO TV coax port. You will not get true High-Def video but you will get video. Audio would have to be setup also. There are some expensive adapters available that would work but cost would be a factor.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At March 30, 2013 9:33 AM  

  • How do I hook up the following components?

    Dish_VIP722 DVR
    Pioneer_VSX 502
    Sony BlueRay_BDP-BX510
    Digital Max_DMD R0501

    I'd like to be able to record from the Dish DVR and the Panasonic to the Digital Max.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    By Blogger Ken Couser, At November 19, 2013 3:14 PM  

  • How do I hook up these components and also be able to use the vcr to record: Toshiba tv model TP55D81, Panasonic vcr model PV-4564, TruTech dvd model 008-06-0950
    Thank u, Maria

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 25, 2013 6:38 PM  

  • How do I view my iPhone on my TV

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 23, 2014 5:00 PM  

  • How do I view my iPhone on my TV?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 23, 2014 5:02 PM  

  • Answer is on this web page:


    By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 23, 2014 5:06 PM  

  • By Blogger columbiaisa, At December 23, 2014 5:09 PM  

  • How do I know if my iPhone will run Apple Pay?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 14, 2015 5:35 AM  

  • See Apple iPhone models and iOS releases here.
    iPhones and software
    Apple Pay requires your iPhone to run the latest iOS release.

    By Blogger columbiaisa, At January 14, 2015 5:40 AM  

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