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Connecting your Digital to Analog Converter to your TV and VCR

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Connecting Converter to TV and VCR

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If you want to record programs on your VCR, then plug the converter into your VCR, then the VCR into the TV.

Tune both your VCR and TV set to channel 3. Make sure you can see a tape playback on the TV before setting up the converter box.

RCA Cables Instead of using the coax cables to connect to your VCR and/or TV, you can use the 3 RCA cables. There are 2 cables for the audio, and one for the video. The main reason to use these is that there is a slight difference in the quality of the picture. If you use the RCA plugs, don't use the coax.

The colors may vary, but in general, Red = right channel audio, white = left channel audio and yellow = video.

RCA Cables

If you use the RCA plugs, you won't need to worry about setting the TV and VCR to channel 3 or 4 - but you will need to change the "Input" on these devices. Usually they are called "Video 1" or "Video 2"

Sound levels Some viewers report that the sound levels are very low with the converter. To make sure you have the best sound, most of the converters have a Volume up/down switch on the remote controls, and an visual indicator on the screen. Turn that up BEFORE you turn the TV volume up.

If you use the RCA plugs, make sure that your VCR and/or TV set each have 2 jacks for audio and 1 for video. If either your TV or VCR has only 1 of each, then you will need an adapter to feed both audio plugs out of the converter into the one audio jack. Not doing so will cause low audio.

RCA Plugs


Let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the transition, but be sure to check out some of these resources for more details.

We are happy to help answer your questions about the transition, so don't hesitate to contact us. While we cannot recommend any specific brands or distributors of reception equipment, we will work to ensure that you don't miss KMOS in 2009 and beyond.