ok to use y-connector for audio in on a tv

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  1. Phil Tomaskovic

    Phil Tomaskovic Supporting Actor

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    My Mom's old RCA tv has separate composite and s-video in jacks, but only 1 set of L-R audio inputs. She just has her dvd and vcr play through the tv speakers; the vcr is currently using ch 3 to play so there is no problem with sound. I want to keep things simple for her and hook the vcr up with video in. Is it ok to get a couple y-connectors and hook the vcr and dvd audio outs to the same input on the tv with the y's? Of course, only one item would be ever playing at a time. What would happen though, if both the dvd and vcr were on at the same time? Would the sound just be garbled or could any damamge occur?
     
  2. Jo_M

    Jo_M Stunt Coordinator

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    Why not get a simple audio or audio/video switch from Radio Shack. That way you don't need the "Y" cables and you can just label the buttons "DVD" or "VCR".
     
  3. Phil Tomaskovic

    Phil Tomaskovic Supporting Actor

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    Yeah, I have one of those lying around too. I just figure the fewer buttons to push the better for Mom and with the y's everything is tied to her just turning on with the remote. She's a little intimidated by all the technology at 80! But she likes her dvd player since she doesn't have to rewind, however I still tape movies from cable for her.
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Connecting two audio devices to one audio input using a simple Y connector will likely degrade the sound even if one device is turned off while you are using the other. How much I cannot tell.
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