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A Mate purchased a new panasonic plasma screen at the weekend, but didn't purchase a TV Tuner for it, as he was told sky would power it perfectly.

It turns out it only has 3 inputs, s-video, and 5plug s-video type input, and an RS232 type input.

He brought the end-of-line of last years model, to save money, and you can apparently no longer get a TV tuner for it.

The problem is, all his sources (Sky, PS2, DVD Player) need S-Video input, and with only 1 s-video input, it means changing leads every time he changes source (a major PITA!), anyone know any way around this? I have seen an S-Video Switch box before, which is about the best idea ive had sooo far, just thought id ask "the gurus".........

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Most Surround Sound amps out there come with video switching built-in, so he could buy one of these, hook up all the other boxes to it and the output to the plasma.

Oh, and as a side-effect, he could add some extra speakers and have a full surround set-up.

The Marantz SR4300 appears to provide 4 video inputs and 6 channels x 80w/ch for at most £350. For summink cheaper, he could try the Yamaha RX-V430RDS or Sherwood RVD-6095RDS, both of which come in under £300.

Okay, it's a bit more expensive than an S-Video switcher, but also more use, better looking and has a remote control smile.gif

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Okay, just checked the spec of the Marantz and it only has 2 S-video inputs, plus a load of composite inputs, so your mate will probably need to spend more dosh to get video switching on 3 or 4 s-vid inputs.

It'd definitely be cheaper to get an s-vid switch box, but he'll get more smiles from a surround system smile.gif

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Yup an amp would be a good.....at the moment though...ihave to say a bargain would be the Yamaha RXV630RDS which is normally around £370 but Richer Sounds are selling it for £279!!!! smashfreakB.gif via their What Hi-Fi offers page!!! this has 5 S-Video ins 2 S-videos out...plus more importantly 2 Componant Video in and 1 Componant out for a suitable DVD player. Be pretty quick to get it.

If yer mate wants a good quality upgrade...i recommend he gets a RGB Scart to VGA convertor for Sky or DVD which ever he uses the most...then he will also have one of the S-video socket on the plasma spare to use with one of the others...plus the benefit of a clearer RGB picture on the Plasma. Although these things cost £120 but well worth it compared to the cost of the plasma IMHO. znaika.gifhttp://www.rgbtosvideo.com/

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Forget the TV tuner for the Panny, even if you could get one, it's a waste of money. Just use the VCR as a TV source. Your mate should, no MUST feed his DVD player directly to the RGB inputs (I bought a powered SCART to RGB lead from Keene Electronics). The picture is stunning compared to other types of input to the plasma.

All other inputs can go to the composite input via a suitable switcher (he could even route stuff through his VCR and use that to switch between terrestrial TV and Sky using the Line inputs to the VCR).

To own a plasma without surround sound is a total waste!

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