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VCR Video Signal from Combo Unit Seems Messed Up

An old VHS VCR that I connect by composite video through my new AV receiver began showing splotchy images, with colors undulating across the screen. The image from the separate DVD device is great. Thinking that the VCR had worn out, I replaced both the VCR and the DVD with a new combined unit from Sony. I connect the new device through the composite video connectors. Once again, the DVD signal is great, but the VCR signal displays the same problem, even though now both signals are running across the same cables. (Sound is normal for both DVD and VCR.) I tested several tapes and got teh same result. I am now wondering if the issue is my cables (which are tucked tightly together into a cramped cabinet area). My hypothesis: The DVD image is great because it is a digital signal, but theVCR signal is messed up because I am getting interference into my cheap cables, messing up the VCR's analog signal. Does this hypothesis hold any water? If this is the case, can I solve the problem by buying better composite video cables? Is there something else I should be considering? Sure will appreciate your thoughts.

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If you have red, white, and yellow on both DVD and TV it should work. The DVD is obviousy an output so, check your connection on TV. You may find that if you scan through the TV's menu, you will have sound in one arae and picture in another. If you have a DVD in or AUX input on the TV try, and make sure you use the inputs for the respective setting, to hook up there and see what happens. You want input on TV.

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Dear Technician, I have 4 components that I am trying to connect together, a Panasonic HDTV model #TC-L32X1, a GO Video DVD/VCR model #DV2130, a Yamaha stereo receiver model#RX-690, and a Scientific...

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

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