Making connections

Connection diagram from Philips digibox manual.

Today’s major domestic task was to connect up the various AV equipment in the living room (or ‘lounge’ if you prefer that term). As you can see from the diagram above it was a simple case of connecting cables to ports.

To be honest I didn’t find the above diagram, from our Philips digibox, particularly helpful. I think it’s the cross-over dashed-lined SCART cable that confuses matters.

But that was okay as I also had this diagram to hand from our Goodmans VCR:

Connection diagram for a Goodmans VCR.

Okay, maybe that wasn’t helpful either. Back to the explanation in the Philips manual beneath the first diagram:

  • Plug your aerial lead plug into the “AERIAL IN’ socket of your digital receiver.
  • Connect the “RF OUT” socket of your digital receiver to the “ANT IN’ socket of your VCR by means of the RF coaxial lead supplied with your digital receiver.
  • Connect the “ANT OUT” socket of your VCR to the aerial input socket of your TV by means of a RF coaxial lead.
  • Connect the “TV” SCART socket of your digital receiver to the “EXT1” SCART socket of your TV by means of the SCART lead supplied with your digital receiver.
  • Connect the “VCR” SCART socket of your digital receiver to the “EXT1” SCART socket of your VCR by means of a SCART lead. Alternatively, if your VCR supports the Easy Record feature, connect the “VCR” SCART socket of your digital receiver to the “EXT1” SCART socket of your VCR as shown on the second diagram.
  • Plug all your equipment, excluding your digital receiver, into the mains.
  • Switch on your TV and select a channel.
  • Plug your digital receiver into the mains. Your digital receiver will display the SETUP screen (the green LED will be illuminated).
  • Proceed to chapter 3 to continue with the channel scan of your digital receiver.

Anyway, despite all that I managed to get it all set up. Now the TV, Freeview digibox and VCR are happily co-existing on SCART #2 on the TV, while the less greedy DVD player is plugged into SCART #1.

And all just in time for Jane to record the hilarious Green Wing on Channel 4.