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How do I match audio with picture? (1 Viewer)


Dec 28, 2004
My wife got me a Toshiba RD-XS32 HD/DVD recorder for Christmas, so I set it up last night and had fairly good results by following the manual step-by-step. I hooked the s-video cable from the back of the unit to the tv, accompanied by the red and white audio wires. The cable from the wall also went into the coaxial "in" on the back, and "out" the back to the tv. I hooked up the digital-optical cable to the back of the recorder as well, and plugged the other in into the "tv/dvd" optical jack on the back of my receiver. I fired everything up, and played a DVD. The sound was awesome, much better than with my old DVD player. Then I set up a timer-record, which is where things went awry. Scheduling the timer was no problem. However, when the time to record came around, my tv changed channels to the channel I was recording, accompanied by the appropriate audio from my receiver. So I clicked the "tv/video" button on the remote, and managed to get back to my previous-channel picture, but it was accompanied by the audio from the channel being recorded. I couldn't figure out how to fix it. Watching Monday Night Football with the audio feed from figure skating on ESPN was unsavory at best.

I'm not completely stupid when it comes to hooking things up, but I can't help but think I'm missing something obvious. I have tons of assorted jacks on my receiver. Any suggestions out there? I simply want to be able to record one channel, while watching another one with the right audio to go with it coming out of my receiver, and not lose my newfound-awesome DVD playback quality. Many thanks.

Glenn Overholt

Senior HTF Member
Mar 24, 1999
Yep, you're missing something. I think that you need to have an 'audio out' on your TV. Thate red/white pair would also go to the receiver in. Switching the receiver to 'TV in' or whatever, would fix that. Unless your recorder has 2 tuners, then the 2nd turner's audio would go to the receiver.


Wayne A. Pflughaupt

Senior HTF Member
Aug 5, 1999
Corpus Christi, TX
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Glen’s right. You were getting audio into your system only from the DVD recorder. That audio it will always be whatever it is recording. The “TV/Video” button on the remote passes the signal through to the TV, but you’ll have to have the TV’s audio jacks hooked up to the receiver, and the receiver set to that input, to get the TV’s audio while recording.

Incidentally, since you have a surround sound system you might want to re-think your coaxial connection scheme (i.e., the antenna or CATV feed from the wall). The only reason to run a coaxial cable between the recorder and the TV is to watch something from the recorder, and in that case it all comes into the TV on channel 3 or 4. Since you have a surround sound system, you have the audio and video from the recorder going to the receiver via the RCA and S-video cables, and coming into the TV via a line input.

So the antenna connection is redundant. Not to mention, anything coming from the recorder into the TV on channel 3 or 4 will be in mono.

Thus, I recommend installing a splitter and send a separate cable directly to the recorder and TV.

Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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