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Need help with Sony Wega TV connections

by falcios / February 8, 2009 10:15 PM PST

My TV was showing fuzzy vertical lines and someone recommended that I use s-video. I called the cable company and they told me how to setup the RCA [audio cables]. They told me when I wanted to use the DVD I have to unplug the RCA cables that are piggybacking to the TV in order for the DVD to work.
Is there any easy way to hook up all the devices so that the video and audio work?
I am working with a digital cable box, VCR and DVD.

Current setup
S-video connected to digital box and TV
RCA cables into digital box and in to VCR and in to TV as well as the video yellow plug
S-video gave me a better picture and I use video 1 on remote control.

Coaxial cables into digital box and in to VCR and out to TV; not currently being used


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Please list the make/model numbers of all your components
by Pepe7 / February 8, 2009 11:50 PM PST

It's easier to provide help when you know all the dirty details ;).


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Additional details
by falcios / February 9, 2009 1:32 AM PST

Digital cable box: audio L&R only
TV: Sony Wega KV-20FV12, in 1: video, L&R, In 2: audio L&R only
VCR: JVC HR-J643U , Video and L&R, out only
DVD: Toshiba SD-K770

I am currently using s-video connection.
Hope this additional information helps.

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breakout box or switching device necessary
by Pepe7 / February 12, 2009 1:12 AM PST
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Unfortunately the older Wegas don't have many inputs ;(. You could partially remedy this by using a simple inexpensive breakout box which will serve as a switch to alternate inputs going into the same video 1 input in back of the TV. Here's one I saw @

For starters, here's a link to the Sony user manual for reference (*see page 18 for help w/ connecting your VCR)-

Here's an option:

JVC VCR (red/white/yellow out) --> (red/white/yellow in) <switch box>
Toshiba DVD player (S-Video out & red/white audio out) --> (S-Video in & red/white audio in) <switch box>

<switch box> (S-Video out) --> (S-Video in) Sony Wega TV
(red/white audio out) --> (red/white audio in)

Now you will likely want to experiment with the outputs on the cable box. You probably have more options here (S-Video, etc.) but to keep things simply I'd probably use the coaxial connections as they've depicted on page 18 or the Sony TV manual. Run that out to the VCR, then out from the VCR to the TV, as you aren't using external audio/speakers. Using the current red/white audio out from the cable box means you would have to also connect it to the switch box I suggested. Let me know if this makes sense, but use p.18 religiously in the meantime for the basic idea on how to connect it all. Sony does a good job in giving options if you look at the notes it contains below the basic steps.


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