I have a Pioneer DVR-560H-K. I would like to connect an HD indoor antenna to this device so I can record broadcasts directly onto the DVR. The antenna I have has a regular coaxial connection but my device has a different connection (I think because it is Canadian or European made as it is PAL capable).
Please point me in the right direction. Here is a photo of the back of the device:
The connections are on the left side.
Any help/suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
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Willing To Learn
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I don't know anything about European tv tuner specs
But that connector is a simple RCA jack
You just need a coax to RCA adapter a cheap part, goto the local electronics surplus or hobby store
Then you can try it out
You can get an ATSC converter box that acts as an external tuner and outputs video and audio over RCA connections. Here is one popular example: http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/dp/B00I2ZBD1U/ Your DVD recorder accepts composite video and stereo audio input for recording.
The above ATSC converter box has a recording function itself and can record to an external hard drive in the original broadcast resolution.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 25th Jan 2016 at 16:55.
[Edit] The picture shows a PAL connection for antenna-in. A F-type female to PAL male adapter would be needed, but getting one would still be a waste of money.
Correction: I found a listing for this DVD recorder at B&H Photo and Video which says the tuner works for PAL, NTSC, and SECAM signals, The tuner is only useful for analog cable TV or when connecting something like a VCR or STB that provides audio and video via RF-out on NTSC channel 3 or 4. NTSC is no longer used for OTA TV in the USA.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 26th Jan 2016 at 13:37. Reason: correction
1: You'd need a topset box with s-video or scart output
No source detected on dvd recorder, then goto 2
2: Integrate between both units a signal converter (convert to pal) otherwise the recorder may not detect the signal.
Cheaper to get a topset box and retire the recorder for other uses.
2. Totally unnecessary. This DVD recorder can record NTSC signals via its composite and S-Video connections.
I agree that a set-top box able to record OTA TV in its original resolution would be more convenient, unless someone wants recordings on DVD.
If you can find one(and your fussy about picture quality, otherwise anything with composite output would work OK) I'd suggest a Channel Master CM-7000. It has S-video output and excellent SD picture quality that would match up nicely with your classic Pio. It was a CECB sold shortly after the OTA digital transition. Another nice CECB was the Zenith/Insignia models, they only had composite output and no guide feature like the CM but their picture quality was about as good as composite gets.
The easiest option if your not totally hung up on the best picture quality you can get would be one of the iView/Homeworx or many similar clones available for ~$40 from Amazon and other places. None have S-video and their composite is what I'd call "OK" quality. They do have a decent PSIP guide and as UQ said can function as a HD DVR by simply attaching a USB HDD that you'd supply.
Truthfully unless you archive a lot it might just be easier and for sure better picture quality if you have a HDTV, to just use the iView to record and delete and for the few things you might want to put on DVD just play on the iView and record the output via it's composite output. Since the iView is a mirror of the broadcast you wouldn't lose any quality first recording to the iView and then later playing the iView and recording on your Pio vs tuning the channel on your iView and directly recording the program.
I have a Pioneer 440HX DVD Recorder. The back looks similar to yours except the coax output has a short link going to a digital coax link on the right-hand side. Then the output to the TV is another digital coax socket, I think is directly above. Yours doesn't seem to have a link from the analogue output to a digital input in the same way, but it does have a digital coax output on the right-hand side. Maybe the digital tuner is linked internally, but needs the coax output to the TV plugged in on the right-hand digital socket, instead of in the left-hand analogue output, to engage the digital tuner?
I'm just guessing, but it can't do any damage to try.HarpMaster
Thanks to all for your replies. Much appreciated.Willing To Learn