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Connections I recently purchased a Philips DVDR3505/37. I need to connect it to a GOVIDEO DDV9550 (Dual-Deck Recorder), a SONY Triniton 12-year old TV, and soon to an HDTV converter box. I have the manuals for the first 3; what I don't have are enough input/output jacks on either TV or VCR to add the DVDR. I do have the DVDR outputs connected to the VCR inputs, and that works fine -- but apparently I need to find inputs for antenna and the recording aspect of the DVDR -- which has an HDTV compatible tuner. Please tell me if what I want to do is possible, and HOW??

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  • EACIII Aug 05, 2008

    bbtoast: I don't have cable, just an old-fashioned antenna. Suggestions? EACIII

  • EACIII Aug 06, 2008

    Brian: I have an ordinary indoor antenna -- a version of 'rabbit ears'. I know that sounds like 1950s primitive, but I'm an ancient codger who still works 60 hrs/week, tapes a few broadcast things to watch at my convenience, and probably spends more time watching things from a massive 4k hour video collection. So -- do I buy a separate antenna for DVDR, or is there a simple way to split the current one, which is attached to VCR? Thanks for your help!


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I believe that you simply need a splitter from your cable line from the wall to the items that need it.

That will give you input to the DVD-R and to the Cable box.

Let me know if we need to discuss further, I will be glad to help!


Posted on Aug 04, 2008

  • Brian Berndt
    Brian Berndt Aug 05, 2008

    OK, what type of line comes into the house from the antenna?

    You should be able to split it, and have the ANT in to any HD Signal Tuner.

    That way you will enjoy the signal at either component!

    Also, I would not think that you would need to purchase an HDTV converter could use the DVD's tuner as your main tuner all the time....whether you are recording or not.

    Let me know if this makes sense!


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    Brian Berndt Aug 06, 2008

    OK, I get it!

    You could go either way, new rabbit ears or you could simply wire in the new unit.

    The antenna function relies simply on metal on metal. Your new device will probably have a one-pin receiver "coaxial" input. VCR's would commonly arrive with a push in one of these. If you have these type of cables from your rabbit ears, you can get a simple coaxial splitter which are commonly used to install cable systems.

    So you can go from Rabbit Ears to line from rabbit ears to a splitter then to each receiver that needs a line from the rabbit ears.

    Will work, no prob!

    If you need splitters, etc, Radio Shack or even Target should have all you need!

    Good Luck and regards!



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