Help!! New TV with only 1 S-video jack! Can i hook up multiple components??

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  1. Scott Stephens

    Scott Stephens Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 23, 1999
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    Hi. I just got a new TV that has 1 S-video jack. I also have a DVD player that I would prefer to hook up via the S-video route, as well as a DirecTV receiver.

    On my old TV, I had the satellite hooked through the VCR and then into the TV via the 75 ohm coaxial terminal. However, I have found (as I'm sure most of you know) that the signal from the satellite is much better when run through the RCA video connections.

    Here's the problem: whenever I have anything plugged into the S-video jack, the TV ignores all other signals (I've heard this is a common problem with some TVs). So, if I have my DVD player hooked up through S-video, my satellite will only be routed through the coax, even if it's plugged into the RCA video in jacks.

    I purchased a Denon 3802 receiver but haven't received it yet. I know the receiver has S-video connections, etc. but I know nothing about video switching capability (just the term!) Is there a way to integrate all these components (satellite, DVD, VCR) together via the receiver so that I can bypass this annoying function of my TV?

    Also, is there any way to hook up the S-video connections from the satellite AND the DVD player into the receiver first, and then have another S-video cable running into the TV's (one) S-video jack? Will this work? Is there a degradation in image quality?

    Sorry if this message is a bit convoluted. I'm trying to make sense of all this mess. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks...
  2. Mike Matheson

    Mike Matheson Second Unit

    Jul 15, 2000
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    You'll be happy when the 3802 arrives. . .

    Yes, run all your sources into the receiver (and a single S-vid cable to your TV from it) and allow the Denon to select the audio/video source.

    Have fun,

  3. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

    Nov 1, 1998
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    I didn't see anything in the Denon literature about a comb filter (needed to convert composite to S-video well).
    You should not experience any degradation of the S-video sources going through the receiver compared with directly to the TV. But composite sources such as satellite broadcasts may be degraded (or not come out of the receiver's S-video output at all).
    If your composite (RCA jack) video sources work OK but don't look too good when switched through the 3802 and onto the S-video cable into the TV, an external composite to S-video converter costing less than USD 100.00 won't improve it. The filter in those things just isn't very good.
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  4. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Aug 5, 1999
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