How to Hook Up a Composite VCR to Component TV


Connecting a VCR with composite outputs to a TV with component inputs is done by using a converter. The type of converter you need is called a component-to-composite adapter. This will allow you to connect the VCR, with a composite connection, to a television that has a component connection. However, you will first need to obtain the proper type of connection cables to use with the adapter.

Things You'll Need

  • Composite-to-component adapter
  • S-video cable
  • RCA video cable
  • RCA mini-jack cable
  • Component video cable
  • Plug one end of the S-video cable into the "S-video Out" port on the VCR. Plug the other end of the cable to the "S-video In" on the adapter. If your VCR does not have an S-video output, use an RCA video cable.

  • Plug the RCA end of the RCA mini-jack cable to the "Audio Out" port on the VCR. Plug the mini-jack end of the cable to the "Audio In" port on the adapter.

  • Plug one end of the component video cable into the corresponding inputs on the adapter. Plug the other end of the cable into the component inputs on the television.

  • Plug the power cord into the adapter and into a wall outlet or power strip.

  • Press "Play" on the VCR. Press the "Input" button on the remote control for the television to locate the signal from the VCR.

Tips & Warnings

  • Verify you are plugging the component cable into the same color ports on both the adapter and TV.

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