replacing vcr with dvd recorder with dual tuners

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  1. Brad Newton

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    I presently have my ota & dish signals routed through separate amplifiers, then run to a combiner which allows both signals to be routed via a single cable. This cable is then run through a splitter that feeds 4 tvs. Each tv is able to watch the ota or the dish. My problem is that I want to replace my vcr with a dvd recorder that has 2 tuners, instead of 1. To do this I need to replace my 4 way splitter (Radio Shack brand) with a 6 way splitter, so that each tuner can receive/record either signal, but I don't want any signal loss. Radio Shack does not make a 6 way splitter. Who does?
     
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    That’s a moot issue, Brad, because the more times you split a signal the more you reduce its strength, and six splits is an awful lot.

    I wouldn’t go with a 6-way, even if you can find one (and I’ll be surprised if you can). There’s no reason to reduce the signal strength for the complete network for the sake of a new component. I would instead split locally the old VCR feed for the new DVD-R. That way if signal degradation gets to the point where it affects picture/record quality, it will be contained to that location. If that happens you can use an amplified splitter to help the problem.

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