Video into A/V receiver or TV?

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  1. Jim Peavy

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    Just starting to look at some entry-level receivers and wondering what's the preferred video hookup--from DVD player to reciever to TV, or straight from a dvd player to the TV? I believe you can control the DVD through the receiver remote if the former, correct? Any other advantages?

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    Jim: it makes the system easier to use if you run the video through the receiver. This is important for the SO and family.
    I highly recommend running SVideo from all devices through the receiver, then a single SVideo cable from the receiver to the TV. This puts the receiver into control of the switching. If you have a VCR/device that does not offer SVideo output, you can buy a little $20 adaptor from Radio Shack.
    For the slightly better video, you can ALSO hook up component video cables straight from the DVD player to the TV. Then you just have to take the extra step of flipping to the component input for DVD watching. (Just make sure to switch the TV back to see the SVideo feed)
    A good universal remote can usually handle most things. A inexpensive one is the One For All Cinema 7. This is usually $24, but I have seen it as low as $19 at a nearby Longs Drugs. Very powerfull for the price.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Unless you have a large number of sources, and too few inputs for them on your TV, there is essentially NO benefit to running your video through your receiver. Even with a receiver which has upconvert capability, you are still at the mercy of the quality of the source device, as video quality will not be improved by the receiver.

     
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    This seems like common sense to me, but all the receivers for HT use are A/V, so I figured I must be missing something.

    So, if not for the ease of having all audio and video control on your receiver remote, or too few inputs on your TV, there's no advantage?

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    I have a related question.

    Suppose I have video sources with a variety of signal/cable types--VCR with RCA composite, DVD with component, and LD with Svid. If I connect each of these to the receiver--say a Sony STR-DA4ES (which I haven't gotten yet but will try to soon)--will I be able to only connect the TV to the receiver with component cables, to the receiver's monitor out? Or will I also need to make RCA composite and Svid connections to the TV as well? I guess the basic question is if the receiver will convert the varying incoming video formats to one outgoing format. If I can do that, that would be great. If not, if I still have to make three separate connections between the receiver and the TV, then there's really no point in connecting the video through the receiver in the first place.
     
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    For me, that ain't worth sweatin' over. So I guess the abundance of, or lack thereof, various A/V connections on a receiver is irrelevant, for me. At least the ones that I could just as easily send directly to the TV.

    Thanks, all!
     

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