Directv receivers never had auxilary input for external a/v equipment.GopherIce said:With my old sd receiver I had my game system hooked into the directv receiver and then used the A/B output to play games, which allowed me to have the directv receiver installed into the video 1 on my television (for some reason I get a much better picture using video 1). I recently replaced the sd receiver with a r16-300 and realized that there are no 'input' capabilities so I am wondering if I can improve my picture quality using an s-video cable? My television only has enough ports for one A/V hookup and right now the receiver is connected using only a coax cable as the game system is using the ports.
...sorry, I found an s-video cable and realized it cannot work the way I thought because I then will not get the game system on the video, audio only...
You choices are simple however.
1. replace your TV with one that incporates more inputs
2. Add a 4 port source selector switch into the mix. There are several varieties that can be purchased rather cheaply ($9-$29) locally at walmart, bestbuy, circuit city etc). A switch will have 4 a/v inputs and one output to run to your tv's existing single input. You select the device your wanting to watch from the source selector and it is passed though to the tv display for viewing.
There are also video sendssing switches which will auto switch when a device is on; thus eliminating the need to switch the sources manually if you so desire. These are slightly higher in price; however the benefit should be obvious......