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Re: Is it digital or analog
You can buy a RF to AV converter at wal-mart or radio shack. Most Standard televisions being sold today are digital TV compatable. But for the older ones Radio Shack does sell converter boxes. I believe Best Buy does as well.
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How old is it? Is it an analog set?. There are no more analog broadcasts. You need a digital to analog converter box to watch the digital broadcasts. Ask your neighbors how they receive broadcasts.
Of course it is possible there are no broadcasts in your area. I live in the mountains of New York and we require satellite or cable to watch anything.
If your TV has its own speakers you don't need to have the Bose turned on for Lo-Fi watching. Not knowing what your TV has for analog and digital inputs or your Cable Box has for analog and digital outputs...
The LS V20 has 3 analog inputs plus a Tape Loop, so you could have the Cable Box (not the TV) audio; and two (or three using the Tape Loop) other analog sources. NOTHING should need to route to the TV first. The Bose should get the audio from whatever you're watching directly from that source.
If the Cable Box has only one analog audio output available but the TV has a digital one
Since an analog audio output can be split you could 'share' the cable box audio with both the TV and the Bose. Digital audio may also be possible between the Box and the TV.
Most TVs only have audio out and several audio/video in connections. Unless you have an unusual tv, there is no option for a coax connection from the TV to a recorder.
Since this DVD recorder only has an analog tuner, you need to connect it to a set top box to record signals unless you are looking only at analog channel sources. If you are getting OTA, then a OTA digital-to-analog tuner is needed for most channels. (Only low power stations are still broadcasting in analog.) The cheaper ones that were available with the government coupon were SD tuners. HD content will need a separate tuner. If you have cable or satellite, check the signal (QAM is digital cable).
Next connect the coax from your analog source to the DVD recorder coax in and another coax cable to the coax out and the TVs coax in (if you want to - the pass through doesn't work with a set-top box for non-analog signals). Set the channel to the appropriate one (3 or 4 for the OTA d-t-a boxes; desired channel to watch for analog OTA or cable). Set the TV to channel 2, 3 or 4. Alternatively, use composite A/V cables from the set top box to the A/V Input of the DVD recorder and set the recording channel to Input 1.
Next connect A/V cables (composite or S-video) to the recorder's matching out to the TV A/V or S-video In. Set the TV to A/V 1 or Video 1 depending on the Emerson TV. You can watch tapes or DVDs. For better video quality on DVD playback, also connect component video cables from the DVD recorder Out to the TV's component in (if it is available). Then set the TV to the appropriate component video input when watching DVDs.
You will need a splitter and an rf modulator to do timed recording of programs. The instructions are on the dtv answers website, option # 2, record and watch a different channel. The recording is for the analog stations 1-24. You cannot record the higher stations. The items I purchased were a 3 way splitter $7 at local hardware store, an rf modulator $25 at Radio Shack. The other option was to get a cable box for the tv and record off of that at $6.95 a month or a DVR for $8.99 per month, all from comcast. The price that I paid for the items I needed would be repaid in 3 months if I were to go the comcast route. The conversion is nothing more than a money making scheme for them.
Using the remote control, push the left arrow until display shows Coax1 (or 2, depending on your setup), then push the up arrow to set it to TV/SAT. Conversely, depending on your setup, you can push the left arrow to display Comp1 (or2) then push the up arrow to set the correct video setting-- DVD/LD I assume.