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BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?

Peter Kasin 26 Jul 10 - 11:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jul 10 - 11:24 AM
Greg F. 26 Jul 10 - 11:27 AM
artbrooks 26 Jul 10 - 11:49 AM
Peter Kasin 10 Aug 10 - 02:07 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 10 Aug 10 - 04:43 PM
open mike 11 Aug 10 - 03:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 12 Aug 10 - 12:41 AM
Joe Offer 12 Aug 10 - 04:46 AM
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Subject: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:11 AM

Anybody have any advice on what cord to buy that would connect a vhs/dvd player that's about five years old to a newer flat screen tv? (U.S.) Would it be rca to vag? Thanks much for any advice.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:24 AM

It depends entirely on what types of connections each supports. The most basic is probably coaxial cable. If they both support RCA plugs, that's good. You could also use an S-video cable if they both have it. Assuming this is a flat screen older television? A lot of the new high definition sets have plugs the VCR won't use. You could run it through an RF filter and have that go to the television with a coaxial or RCA cable. Put your older devices into the switch.

I haven't tried running the VCR through to the new HD TV. And I upgraded my DVD to a Blu-Ray that plays Blu-Ray disks and will also up-convert standard DVDs to fill the screen on the new TV. With every new wave of technology, one learns more and more about adapters. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Greg F.
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:27 AM

Well, depends on what the output connector of the VCR and the input connector on the TV are, doesn't it?

Didja RTFM?


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: artbrooks
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:49 AM

I have done exactly that with no problem, with a Sony TV and anRCA DVD/VCR combo. As already said, it depends a lot on what kind(s) of connectors you have. The manual may or may not be of any use, since people who write those things always assume that your TV comes with exactly the same kind of connector cord that they put in the box. If yours is anything at all like mine, your DVD/VCR will have (1) coax output, (2) component video (red/white/yellow) output, (3) S-video, (4) DVI and/or (5)HDMI outputs. That is more-or-less in ascending order of picture quality. Pick the best one that has a matching input port on the back of your TV...if there is no matching port, there is a variety of adapters available (ie, DVI to HDMI).

Good luck











will have (1) a coax


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 02:07 PM

Stilly, Art, thank you for your helpful and detailed advice! Much appreciated. Life has been so busy, I'm sorry I didn't post earlier to thank you, so a belated thanks!

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:43 PM

Not knowing one cable from another, I let my daughter do the hookups.
I have an HD TV, Toshiba all-region DVD, Panasonic combined DVD and VCR, Onkyo dual cassette player, Marantz CD player and Sanyo tuner all hitched to a Luxman amp-preamp. A blueray will be added soon.
What, me worry when the younger generation hooks up this stuff instinctively?


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: open mike
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 03:51 PM

you just have to start worrying when your daughter moves out and moves on and you need to operate the system on your own!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 12:41 AM

Yeah, your clock will be blinking 12:00 soon enough after she moves out! Better have her write you a few notes or run you through a tutorial.


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Subject: RE: BS: Connecting VHS player to flat screen TV?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 04:46 AM

An HDMI connection would be best, but I haven't seen a combo DVD/VCR that connects the VCR half through an HDMI connector. Usually, the DVD and VCR connections are separate.
S-Video connections are supposed to be superior to connecting through RCA jacks, but I haven't seen that to be true. What I've found best is to use a coaxial cable with RCA plugs to connect the [yellow] video connections. Coaxial cables really seem to make a difference, but they're a little hard to get. You can cut one loose from the set of three red-green-blue coaxial cables used for RGB "component" (progressive) video connections.
By the way, an HDMI connection really helps, even for normal DVDs - you will be amazed at the improvement in quality. On some DVDs, it's hard to tell the difference from Blu-ray.
Maybe RiGGy can advise you, Chanteyranger. He used to work for Monster Cable, and he knows that tech geek stuff.
-Joe-


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