connectiong dvd/vhs player to tv

Hewle / Compaq presario
linda January 26, 2009 at 17:59:34
Specs: Windows XP, amp
My Protron LCD TV with various sources - Tv, Component 1 and 2, AV 1 and 2, HDMI S-Video and VGA. I watch TV on the S-Vidio. I'm not sure how to connect a new DVD/VHS player to play and record.
Thanks, Linda

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January 28, 2009 at 14:27:49
The different types of connections to your LCD television represent different levels of quality of video/sound input. When connecting an external video/audio source (DVD player, etc.) you want to use the BEST quality connection available. The order of quality from less to best is: AV, S-video, Component, VGA(video quality only), and HDMI the absolute best. If you get a Blu-Ray Hi-Def DVD player, you really need to use the HDMI because that is the only imput which will provide true High Defination video/audio to the TV. You did not say what connections are available from your dvd/vhs player/recorder, but if the best you have is AV, then use AV. If you have Component, then use the Component. If, by chance, your asking how to connect in order to record FROM the TV, well you can't. TVs don't have a "output", they are input only devices. What do you mean by "I watch tv on the S-video."? Do you mean you have an S-video connection to a cable box or something? If you asking how to connect that cable box to the DVD/VHS unit, then the same idea applies. Go from the highest quality OUTPUT available from the cable box to a matching INPUT on the DVD/VHS unit. Then, go from the highest quality OUTPUT available on the DVD/VHS unit to a matching INPUT on the TV. But, then you'll have to have the DVD/VHS unit turned on to watch TV.

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January 29, 2009 at 13:52:44
"TVs don't have a "output", they are input only devices."

Not quite true. I have a number of TVs with composite outputs, which can be connected to other devices (e.g. VCR/DVD recorder, projector, computer capture card, etc).

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