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Old 06-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation Using HD DVR in 2012 Flying Cloud

We have a DirecTV HD DVR. We want to connect into the Surround Sound. However, the DVR requires two input connections from the dish and the output uses RCA, component or HDMI cables. The connections in the trailer are only 75 ohm coax.

Any thoughts on how to tie into the surround sound? If anyone has experience with this or done it, we would appreciate your help.

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Could you please post close-up photos of the input and output connections on your DVR, surround sound receiver/amplifier and television? Alternately, please post model numbers of this equipment, so we can check the owners manuals on the Internet. -- Thanks.
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Unless you have modified your trailer, you are trying to do something that does not exist. Current production Airstream trailers do not have surround sound from the factory, so you can't connect a DVR to something that isn't there.
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Not sure I agree with Overlander63. I have a newly acquired 2012 Serenity and my factory installed system has an HDMI cable running from the Samsung DVD player to the TV's. At first glance it would seem you could put an HDMI box in there that would allow either the DVD player signal or the DirecTV output to go to the TV's.

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Is it possible the question intended is how to tie into the stereo system? Something I also wondered about recently, given there two nice stereo speakers above our bed.
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Not sure I agree with Overlander63. I have a newly acquired 2012 Serenity and my factory installed system has an HDMI cable running from the Samsung DVD player to the TV's. At first glance it would seem you could put an HDMI box in there that would allow either the DVD player signal or the DirecTV output to go to the TV's.

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You can do that, but the trailer is not equipped with surround sound in any manner. It only has a 2 channel stereo. Big difference from 5 channel surround sound.
Connecting to surround sound was the original question.
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Setting the Sony stereo to CD2 might be what the poster wants to do...I think that plays TV through stereo speakers. Or at least the blueray player.
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Is it possible the question intended is how to tie into the stereo system? Something I also wondered about recently, given there two nice stereo speakers above our bed.
If you want to do that, run an HDMI cable from the DVR to the second HDMiI input on the tv, then turn on the stereo and set it to "input 1". You would have to scroll through the source list on the stereo, from radio to ipod to aux input.
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The main purpose of using the HD DVR is to have the signal so that we can record programs and replay using the Living Room TV only with the stereo sound. It is easier to hear than the sound coming from the TV.
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Not sure I agree with Overlander63. I have a newly acquired 2012 Serenity and my factory installed system has an HDMI cable running from the Samsung DVD player to the TV's. At first glance it would seem you could put an HDMI box in there that would allow either the DVD player signal or the DirecTV output to go to the TV's.

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Guess it is stereo speakers and no surround sound. Sounds pretty good though. We want to use the HD DVD so we can record programs,mainly and have the sound come through those speakers and not out of the TV. Looks like it is not possible. Any suggestions, anyone.
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I still think my suggestion would work. It is no different than using the DVD player, just substituting the HD DVR. It will play through the overhead speakers on CD2.
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I have been unable to get to CD2. Have had some good instructions from this forum, but it just doesn't work. Is there a fool-proof way to do that for us fumblin' fools?
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Guess it is stereo speakers and no surround sound. Sounds pretty good though. We want to use the HD DVD so we can record programs,mainly and have the sound come through those speakers and not out of the TV. Looks like it is not possible. Any suggestions, anyone.
Deb, I used component (5 cable bundle) but HDMI would have worked also, from output of sat receiver to input on TV. Use the TV menu to select the source so that you see your sat or recorded program then select AUX on the Sony so that the audio from the TV comes out the stereo speakers and then turn down the volume on the TV. Yes, it sounds much better than the sound from the small TV speakers and yes, it is stereo not surround.
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Re: Post #12 above -- Nevermind! I channeled my inner 10 year old and pushed every button available. Finally got it to work. The manual has nothing about it. I had been told to push the + button, but that didn't work. Turns out there's a return button that does the trick to move between CD1, CD2, etc.
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