VIdeo switching question

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  1. EricTut

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    I have the Onkyo TR600.

    My monitor output is Svideo. Chouldnt I be able to see things that run on composite video? (The cheapy yellow cable thing) I know component and svideo cannot be intermixed. But composite?

    This is driving me nuts. I tried plugging in the output from my digital camera, simple device, to the video 4 input on the front of the reciever. No joy. Argh!

    TIA guys!


    EricT
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

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    I'm afraid not. Most receivers dont convert one type of video to another.

    Each of the 3 video signals (Composite, SVideo, Component) can only be seen on outputs of the same type.

    For the old family VCR, there is a $20 converter from Radio Shack that converts Composite to SVideo. This way your receiver can see all sources as SVideo which simplifies things.

    Warning: the $20 unit is just a cheap filter. I wouldnt use it for anything you care about (like feeding a camcorder signal into recorder). But it's fine for non-serious sources.
     
  3. EricTut

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    Aww man! Thats kinda what I thought. I think I figured out what to do when I have a home theater issue.. throw cash at it. Seems to be one of those hobbies, heh.

    Thanks for the info.

    Eric
     
  4. Rick_Brown

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    Bob, I think you are incorrect. Onkyo receivers do convert video formats, as far as I understand. What EricTut needs to do is not only connect the yellow video jack but also at least one audio jack (even for a digital camera). Onkyo won't display the video unless an audio jack is also connected.

    Try it, EricTut, and let us know what happens!
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    Rick could be right, but only for some models.

    For example: the high-end Dennon 5700 receiver will up-convert all video feeds so that they are visible on the one component output. But you pay ~$2,500 for the unit.

    There was also a Pioneer receiver (now discontinued) that would convert all composite video to SVideo.

    But these are the exceptions rather than the rule.

     

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