I have a Dish DVR and just purchased a set-top DVD recorder.
At the moment, I have S-video output from the Dish running to the DVD burner input and S-video from the DVD-burner running to the TV (60" rear projection, HD "ready").
The Dish doesn't have component output so S-video is the best option.
The way its hooked up now, the DVD recorder has to be turned on to watch satelite. I don't think that's a problem. Might eat a little extra electricity while watching TV but so would a powered S-video splitter.
My questions are:
- Which would give the best picture at the TV: running the S-video from the Dish through the DVD recorder to the TV like it is now OR splitting the S-video from the Dish and running separate cables to the TV and the DVD recorder? (FYI: the TV has enough inputs to have the Dish and DVD recorder on separate ones)
2, If I split the S-video, can I get away with a Y-cable or do I need a powered splitter/amplifier?
If I need a powered splitter, what's are some good ones and where are good places to buy? I've found many on-line so I don't really NEED this info, just if someone knows of a killer deal.
A lot of the S-video splitters are sold for hooking up multiple monitors to PCs. Any reason not to use one of those for a TV? More just a general interest kind of thing, but many say they have absolutely zero degradation but also say things like only good up to 800x600. That seems like either a contradiction or just re-stating some inherent limitation of S-video and nothing to do with the splitter.