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HD cable box, HDTV, and VCR setup

by qqqq88 / August 29, 2009 1:44 AM PDT

With this HD cable box from Comcast(Scientific Atlanta brand), it looks like it could be hooked up directly to the HD TV through the HDMI port (i.e. the setup would be wall coaxial outlet to cable box to TV).

But how about this: could I do a setup where it would be: wall outlet via coaxial to cable box, then cable box via coaxial to VCR, and then VCR via coaxial to the HD TV?
Or does there need to be an HDMI cable in there for it work? My VCR is older and doesn't have HDMI ports.

Thanks in advance

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You will not get any HD with the VHS box hooked
by givemeaname / August 29, 2009 5:19 AM PDT

Up that way, it would be down graded too 420i.

If you still want the VHS in the mix... hook it up that way and also hook up the HDMI cable. You would have to switch the tv over too coax to see something on the VHS and the back over to the HDMI input for HD.

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If Comcast is like Time Warener,
by ahtoi / August 29, 2009 7:49 AM PDT

you will need the HD box to get those HD stations. Vcr tuner cannot get those higher channels. Your best bet would be to use splitter for the vcr.

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another question
by qqqq88 / August 30, 2009 4:33 AM PDT

Would if I took the VCR out, and had a setup that goes from wall to cable box to HDTV, with HDMI between the cable box and HDMI. Would I also be able to run standard audio cables (red and white) from the cable box to an older receiver I have so that I can use my surround sound speakers and wireless headphones?

Would the cable box be confused about whether to send the audio signal to the red and white cables vs. sending it to the HDMI cable?

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I don't know, but you can certainly try it.
by ahtoi / August 30, 2009 12:12 PM PDT
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or you might have to use the component connections for the TV instead.

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