View Full Version : help: DVD player with coax video out?
11-10-2001, 02:24 AM
I have a slightly older school TV that only has a coax input, no RCA inputs. My roommate says that if I get a DVD player and hook it to the VCR to get to the TV, it will not work well, the color will go light and dark (is this true?). So to avoid that I want to buy a DVD player that will connect directly to the TV through coax. The problem is that I can't find any DVD players with a coax video output. Does anyone know of any? Please recomennd one if you do. Thanks.
11-10-2001, 03:54 AM
I'm sure there are converters that can hookup the TV's coax wires with the DVD's RCA cables.
BUT!! I honestly think it's worth the investment to get a new TV. Even a cheap used TV nowadays will have AT LEAST RCA inputs. With coax cables you will simply not be able to take advantage of the DVD's video quality. You might as well stick with VHS. You're DVD player will feel insulted if you use that TV!!!! :P
Here's the thing. DVD players have encryption and cannot go through the VCR. You need to go directly to the TV. Get a RF modulator from Radio Shack. Then go from DVD using RCAs to the Modulator to the TV.
11-10-2001, 04:00 AM
yeah, that's what I thought. I don't NEED a new TV. THis one is in great shape. I just bought it a year and a half ago, but I was stupid and impulsive. maybe I'll buy one when I graduate. we'll see. thanks for the help though.
11-10-2001, 12:20 PM
Eh, its not a coaxial input. Thats what RCA cables are, coaxial wires because of the way they are made. What your tv has is called RF cables. So like Leon said go to yer local radio hut and demand a "phono to RF modulator" (say phono not rca 'cause radio shack can't legally sell "RCA" wires for legal reasons).
11-11-2001, 03:29 PM
oops maybe I wasn't sure of what you meant by "coax." I thought you were talking about the little connections that you use for cable tv, you know the one's with the little pin inside?? I thought you said you're TV had only that. So I thought you're TV was really old... If it's only a year and a half old, that's not old at all...
11-12-2001, 12:08 AM
yeah, that's what I meant. you didn't misunderstand me. it has one round input with the little pin in the middle. I guess RCA cables are technically coaxial, but that's not what I meant. I meant the standard, usual cable TV cable.
11-22-2001, 09:17 PM
Right you are ucbstan,
In audio and video terms "Coax" refers to 75 ohm coaxial cable utilizing an "F" connector, just like your standard cable tv signal uses, which is being used to transmit a signal via Radio Frequency to the tuner of your TV, VCR, radio tuner, etc. "RCA" refers to separate component signal cables with a "phono" type connector typically used for L/R audio and Video signals. As for Radio Shack they always have and still do sell and refer to audio/video cables as "RCA", no legal issues involved as that is the industry standard name for the cables and connectors. Just take a look in your current Radio Shack catalog and you'll see that it is full of them, all labeled "RCA".
The only problem with hooking up a DVD to a TV using coax is that your picture quality will be limited by the resolution of the tuner in your TV. While it may be more convenient to have your movies on disc, picture quality will be the same as your current VHS on that TV.
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