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With RF, all color, b/w and THEN audio, PLUS a "carrier" frequency are mixed together in one signal. A whole lot of separation has to take place with RF! But it is ideal for multiplexed long distance signal transfer. So based on format of signal received, each "video processing" piece of equipment you have must first unconvert then convert, unconvert then convert. Something gets lost in shuffle; it's called SIGNAL QUALITY.
So unless you have No Choice, only use RF cables/signals for relaying broadcast signals from outside to wherever your cable boxes, satellite receivers, TVs, or VCRs are located.
If COMPOSITE VIDEO and/or S-VIDEO and or COMPONENT VIDEO signals are output by these devices, keep them in these formats throughout rest of your equipment chain....if possible.
4. ROTATE RCA INTERCONNECTS AS YOU INSERT & REMOVE: This will help remove oxidation on jacks & provide better signal transfer.
With S-VIDEO, DO NOT TWIST: line up "notches" on plug with jack, and push straight. Otherwise you may damage "pin assembly." And if you paid for some nice ones, you'll scream very loudly.
5. WHAT GOES IN, COMES OUT: By knowing "what" functionality you desire from your hookup (e.g., "I want to be able to watch DVDs without tuning to channel 3 or 4"), & utilizing previous tips on keeping signal in one format, you can USUALLY figure out how to hook up your equipment based on input/output jacks available to you.
All you have to remember is Outs go to INs & vice versa. 6. WATCH WHERE YOU ROUTE POWER CORDS: Sometimes, lower-quality interconnects pick up AC Hum from AC cords. Also, I recommend you invest in some good quality "surge protector/line conditioners (Panamax, Monster Cable, etc.,) to plug your components.
MOST damage occurs to home A/V electronics from prolonged exposure to continuous, "common" surges generated by garage door openers, refrigerator and A/C compressors turning on & off, & local power utility company power grid switching.
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