How to Connect a DVD and VCR Combination Player to a Set Top Box

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How to Connect a DVD and VCR Combination Player to a Set Top Box

A DVD and VCR combination player helps to combine the best of new and old technology and offers flexibility when it comes to viewing films, as it plays both modern DVDs and older VHS cassettes. In a good home theatre system, all of the components should be connected to each other to ensure the best viewing experience and the opportunity for the viewer to watch all of their favourites regardless of format. The main reason to connect a DVD and VCR combination player to a set top box is to record live television or scheduled programmes. When using a DVD and VCR combination player, the programmes can be recorded on either DVDs or VHS cassettes. Connecting the equipment should be done with care to ensure that everything works correctly.

In order to connect a DVD and VCR combination player to a set top box it is helpful to understand set top boxes and combination players. DVD and VCR combination players, set top boxes, and cables for connecting them can be purchased either from high street electronics shops or online sites such as eBay.

Types of Set Top Box

Set top boxes are attached to a television and decode digital broadcast signals. The set top box chosen depends on the way that the signals are received. Most set top boxes receive standard definition digital television signals through an aerial on the rooftop. These are typically Freeview boxes. HD Freeview boxes are more advanced, as they can receive high-definition channels, although these may not be available in all areas. HD set top boxes are used with televisions that support high-definition pictures.

Satellite set top boxes receive digital television signals via a satellite dish and support both standard and high-definition channels. Set top boxes that get their signal from cable or broadband are usually manufactured by the service providers. Set top boxes often have their own remote controls, although universal remote controls can be programmed to operate them. Set top boxes are the easiest and cheapest device that bring digital television to the home.

Features of Set Top Boxes

Set top boxes often have an electronic programme guide that offers a seven day preview of upcoming television programmes. Often a timer can be set so that the device switches to the relevant channel when a scheduled programme starts. Some set top boxes have a recording feature and internal storage space. When choosing a set top box, it is important to buy one with the "digital tick" logo because this ensures that the box will work after the UK-wide switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting. A set top box that is able to perform automatic updates is more likely to be future-proof than one that does not. Choose a set top box that supports high-definition signals for the best quality pictures. For additional pay-per-view channels, the set top box should have a special card slot.

If the television is old, for example, an analogue CRT, the set top box requires a modulator. This kind of set top box can be connected to the television's aerial socket if it does not have a SCART connection.

DVD and VCR Combination Players

DVD and VCR combination players are convenient devices that connect the past with the future by allowing the viewer to watch their library of VHS cassettes and DVDs. The best players also create a bridge between standard and high-definition videos. They can upconvert videos to the high-definition 1080p format and many players also have the progressive scan feature, which doubles the lines that are used to generate the picture on the screen and therefore offer better quality. Some combination players allow the viewer to transfer VHS content to DVD. This is a valuable option for those who wish to digitise their old cassettes. As a single device, the DVD and VCR combination player requires less physical space than two separate devices, so it is a great option for a compact home theatre system. It also requires only one connection. If the player has HDMI ports and the television is HD-ready, then the combination player can deliver crisp images.

Connecting a DVD and VCR Combination Player to a Set Top Box

DVD and VCR combination players can be connected to a set top box in several ways. All of these devices also need to be attached to the television that displays the pictures. The connection types vary: the type of cable used for connecting all the devices in the home theatre system depends on the inputs and outputs available and can be S-video, composite, or component. HDMI cables that are used for high-definition devices are less common.

Simple Television Centric Connection

Simple television centric connection is the simplest way to connect the devices. In this method, all of the devices are connected to the television and not directly to each other. First, connect the DVD and VCR combination player to the television. Then, connect the set top box to the television.

Simple Home Theatre Receiver Centric Connection

For the simple home theatre receiver centric connection, the set top box is made to be part of the home theatre receiver. The home theatre receiver is a multifunctional device that sends signals to multiple speakers and displays and can use many sources at once. For this connection method, all of the devices are connected to the receiver. First, connect the receiver to the television. Then, connect the combination player and set top box to the receiver. Finally, connect the set top box to the combination player.

Advanced Television Centric Connection

The advanced television centric connection method separates the audio and video signals. Separate signals typically enhance the video and sound quality. First, connect the DVD and VCR combination player's video output to the television and its audio output to the receiver. Then, connect the set top box's video output to the television and its audio output to the receiver. Finally, connect the set top box to the combination player.

Advanced Home Theatre Receiver Centric Connection

For the advanced home theatre receiver centric connection, multiple devices are connected to each other to create an advanced system, of which the DVD and VCR combination player and the set top box are a part. Other devices that can be included in the system are games consoles, personal computers, CD players, televisions, home theatre receivers, and Blu-ray players.

First, connect the receiver and the television. Then, connect the Blu-ray, CD, and the DVD and VCR combination players. Then, connect the combination player to the set top box. Finally, connect the computer and the games console to the receiver.

Summary of Common Connection Types

The following table provides an easy to follow summary of the connection types by listing each step. After all of the cables have been connected correctly, the devices can be switched on in order to start enjoying the home theatre system.

Connection Type

First Connection

Second Connection

Third Connection

Fourth Connection

Fifth Connection

Simple television centric

Combination player output to television input

Set top box output to television input

N/A

N/A

N/A

Simple home theatre receiver centric

Receiver output to television input

Combination player output to receiver input

Set top box output to receiver input

Set top box output to combination player input

N/A

Advanced television centric

Combination player video output to television input

Combination player audio output to home theatre receiver input

Set top box video output to television input

Set top box audio output to receiver input

Set top box output to player input

Advanced home theatre receiver centric

Receiver video output to television input

Blu-ray, CD, and combination player output to receiver input

Set top box output to combination player input

Computer and games console output to receiver input

N/A

Sometimes the audio and video signals are separated. This is then marked in the chart by labelling the outputs "audio" and "video". If there is no separation, then a simple AV cable is used.

Buying a DVD and VCR Combination Player and a Set Top Box on eBay

eBay stocks a wide variety of set top boxes that are used for receiving digital television. DVD and VCR combination players are also widely available. To search for these devices on eBay, the simplest way to start is to type your keywords into a search box that you can find at the top of every page. Examples of keywords to use are "set top box", while the DVD and VCR combination player is best known as "DVD and VCR". More specific search terms may not give as many results as more general versions. The results of the search can be browsed to find the right items.

If you want to know more about specific items, then read the detailed item listing carefully and look at any photographs. In the item listing, you can also learn about accepted payment methods, delivery times, postage and packaging costs, and the seller's returns policy.

Conclusion

Buyers with extensive DVD and VHS libraries benefit greatly from DVD and VCR combination players that combine past and present technologies. They take up less space than separate devices and are useful for viewing an old video library or for digitising VHS cassettes. When connected to a set top box, the combination player can also record favourite television programmes if it has a recording feature. Set top boxes decode digital television signals and are required to watch terrestrial television as the analogue broadcasting signal switches over to digital. The set top box chosen depends on the way that the signal is received as it can come from an aerial, satellite dish, cables, or broadband. The main features of a set top box include recording, an electronic programme guide, and automatic updates.

The DVD and VCR combination players can be connected to set top boxes in multiple ways. As the home theatre system contains many components, connections should also be created between its other devices. In essence, the connections are either television or home theatre receiver centric, and the choice of cables depends on the input and output types available. eBay sellers offer a range of DVD and VCR combination players and set top boxes.

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