Will my video equipment work in Australia?

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  1. Tony:Reynolds

    Tony:Reynolds Auditioning

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    Hello All,
    I am preparing to move from the US to Australia in a few months (my fiance is Australian) and I am trying to figure out if my video equipment in my Home Theater will work there. I know that Australia uses different voltage and I am prepared to do the necessary power conversion, however I don't want to take my projector and TV if they aren't going to work. Obviously the tuner on the TV won't work because they broadcast in PAL and my TV has an NTSC tuner. But I never use that tuner anyway as the TV basically just operates as a monitor which gets an S-Video or Component feed from my DVD player or DirecTV receiver.

    So I'm wondering... will my TV work with an Australian "cable box" or VCR which is just sending an S-Video feed to my TV, or is the actual signal going through the S-Video input incompatible with North American equipment? In other words, can I attach an Australian VCR which has a PAL tuner in it and send the output to my TV via S-Video?

    Any help would be appreciated as I've searched the Internet and can't find anything which addresses this question.

    Thanks,
    Tony

    Lexicon DC-2 Digital Controller (pre-amp)
    Lexicon NT-512 Amplifier
    Electrohome EPS1024 Projector
    Sony 32" Wega TV
    Denon DVD-2900 DVD Player
    Mission 771 Bookshelf Speakers (4)
    Mission 77c1 Center Speaker
    Velodyne FSX-12 Subwoofer
     
  2. Adam Barratt

    Adam Barratt Cinematographer

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    You won't be able to simply connect your TV to a VCR you buy in Australia as the TV signal coming from the video through s-video will still be PAL. You may be able to buy a PAL-to-NTSC converter in Australia, but they aren't very good quality. I would probably just leave the TV. However, any Sony TV you buy in Australia will almost certainly work in the US if the two of you decide to move back.

    Your projector can probably accept native PAL signals, and if so you shouldn't have any problems running it directly from a PAL VCR. It may also be 240v-compatible as-is (I don't know the model so I can't comment categorically on either point) so your only problem is likely to be with the CRT.

    You may want to look at having your 2900 modified for multi-region playback if you haven't already. If not you'll be stuck with your current discs and discs you import from the US. DVDs are readily available for rent/sale in Australia, but they will all be Region 4.

    Adam
     
  3. Tony:Reynolds

    Tony:Reynolds Auditioning

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    Adam,
    Thanks very much for your advice. I've posted this question on several HT and HiFi forums and this is the first rational response that I've been given. I really appreciate your help as I've so much to figure out in my move to Oz and I didn't even think about this until a couple of weeks ago. If I can get this sorted then that will be one less thing.

    I'll check out the projector capabilities per your advice and will probably just sell the TV and buy one in Perth.

    Cheers!
    Tony
     

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