I have the appropriate cables connected (optical for my motorola dvr box, and the digital coax for my dvd player). I have the dvr connected to the dbs in on my receiver with component cables. I have my dvd player connected to the dvr/dvd in on my receiver with component cables as well. When i first hooked everything up, i was getting the digital sound, but no video. I am now able to get the video after i switched what inputs were coming in on the appropriate channels, but I can not get the digital sound signal. Is this automatically picked up by the receiver when something if connected? Like i said, when it was first hooked up my display said digital for the sound on the receiver, but then i had to struggle with getting the video to show. What can i try in order to get this to work?
Thanks in advance for any help someone might be able to give me.
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The VCR is today old technology that doesn't marry well with the latest tv sets and accessories. The best way is to connect via a scart lead.
There have been so few digital vcr's produced few households have them - most are analogue format and must either record from a set-top box, from some tv sets while watching the programme, from a dvd or dvr or anything with a scart socket...
Mostly the in-built uhf modulator is redundant and generally the machines are now only suitable for playback of previously recorded tapes, though I still find them useful for recording.
sometimes with cable, satellite, or any dvr, the digital signal actually is intermittent and there is little we can do about it but add an analog audio connection for each device as a backup. per se, and put the receiver in auto input mode. the receiver will utilize the analog signal to fill in where the digital signal fails
Did you try it on BOTH the SAT and Video 2 optical ports? Still not working? Could be the Optical cable is bad.
Does your Cable Box also have a coaxial digital ouput? It looks just like a standard RCA connector but says Digital somewhere near it. Try one conductor of a standard audio cable from it to the "DVD" coax connector. Select DVD to hear it.
If it still doesn't work jump into the Cable Box setup to make sure it's output is set up properly.
I would recommend using the coaxial digital option if you have it.
1) The cable isn't special or expensive like the optical cable is; a garden-variety RCA cable works just fine.
2) You have virtually unlimited distance to work with in the house.
3) You don't have to be so darned careful with it as with optical.
Did you say you went in to DVR set-up and checked the component out audio option? I have had similiar problems with motorola dvr boxes and once I was able to enable audio output option the dvr digital output was fine. Find the manual for the model dvd and this may cure.
The specs I am reading online are saying that it has digital coax connection. If your hooking up hd cable or hd satellite box some of those have a digital coax output on them. If your hd cable/satellite box only has optical out the system you have says it comes with a optical to coax converter which is pretty cool. So you should definately be able to hook up that sound system to your cable/sat box digitally for best sound. The only other way would be to run stereo red,white cables from your cable/sat box to your stereo as a last resort.
you can use the headphone jack just get an adaptor to change from the headphone type to RCA type. adjust the volume of the tv to 3/4 of the way to give line level to the stereo, use an aux input on the stereo. if you had a suround sound dolby digital / DTS receiver then use the digital coax out to that type of receiver, but since you have an anolog 2 channel receiver you must use the only anolog source (the headphone).
Your not going to be able to connect in series (not sure if thats your goal) since your limited by the type of connections you can use. Your receiver is going to have to be switched depeneding on what source you want to listen too. DVR, DVD, etc. HDMI is going to important for your TV connection. Radio Shack has cheap HDMI cables.
So... connect HDMI from DVR to HDTV this will give you sound and picture to TV. Connect DVR optical or coaxial ( RCA if you dont care about surround) to Receiver to give you DVR sound thru Receiver input.
Connect DVD to receiver via optical/coaxial/rca for DVD sound thru receiver (again RCA is not recommended for surround).
Connect Component video to HDTV(or HDMI if TV has second HDMI input) to give you video from DVD.
Connect Yellow video or S-video from DVR to DVD recorder input to allow recording from DVR. Also connect red/white audio to (same) DVD input.
That should cover it.
I also had the same problem when using my optical output for DBS and DIGITAL DVR/DVD.. you need to change the setting for this by on the remote changing to either analouge..rca sound input or Digital...for Optical input. The same problem cuaght me oput for a long time as well. The button is when you slide down the remote cover and the button is called analoug /digital