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Old 08-05-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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DVD player/Surround sound

Got a question for you audio/visual wizards out there. The DVD/VCR combo in our 2006 Winnie Tour is going out. It is easy enough to replace, I know, but the connections to the surround sound are a little, um, dated. There are about 10 wires (from the speakers, I assume) that attach via small clips to the back of the machine. I went to Best Buy to see about getting a replacement, and the salesperson kind of chuckled when he told me they don't make those any more. He didn't really have any options for me, other than to take it to their automotive techs and see what suggestions they have.
What are my options here? Can I get a receiver that will connect to my new DVD player and to all those speaker wires? Or will I just have to listen to the audio through the TV?
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I replaced a unit DVD/CD/VHS.... SONY website. Ordered it for my parents who love the combo versus the single units. In my coach I have "micro" components. Each component is tiny just big enough to handle the media it plays. Little VCR....little DVD player and soon to swap out to a little Blueray player.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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Jeff-You may want to look at the links to the wiring diagrams over on the Winnebago forum. There are several different arrangements which show where all those wires go to/from the components. As far as I know, the surround sound comes directly off the speakers inside the tv, not the vcr/dvd. The wiring diagram can show you better than me.
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Jeff, you don't need to take it anywhere special. You just can't expect to use those connections.

You need to figure out if your speakers are standard 8 ohm. You can do this with an ohm meter or maybe by posting make/model of the existing player so we can look it up.

If the speakers are 8 ohm, you can cut those connectors off and use them with any other 5-channel DVD/home theater player. Look for: "home theater in a box" - they may come with speakers that you don't have to use... PM me if you need more help.
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Jeff-Do you still have the original Sony tv? If so, you may want to consider upgrading to a new LED/LCD tv and solve your problem of using new compatible wiring and jacks, i.e. HDMI. Your Winnebago has the QSurround System. If you still have the original Sony tv, since there were no output jacks on it, Winnie soldered wires directly to the speakers inside the tv. They did that so the surround system would respond to the volume level you select. The wires then pass through a filter (known as the wart) then down to the surround sound system amp. The speakers are fed from there. As I mentioned earlier, look at the wiring diagrams to confirm what you have and unless you have a very unique setup or someone has changed it from original, that is what you'll find when you dig into things. Of course, if you go for a new tv, that will present the new challenge of connecting to the s.s. system. I recently installed a new tv and mounted a soundbar below it. Sounds great. I didn't want to void my tv's warranty by opening the back and soldering the s.s. wires to the speakers. I still have the surround sound for the dash radio/cd player.
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I also added a new Blu-Ray player in place of the old Sony DVD/VCR.
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