I'm a bit of a idiot when it comes to hardware, electrical engineering, and the like, so I need some help in determining my best course of action.
Scenario: Got a DVD Recorder for Christmas and want to connect it to my TV
I have an 8 year old RCA that works just fine with the 2 year old Sony VCR, the 3 year old DVD Player, and the 10 year old stereo. I have some trouble with reception in my neck of the woods (or ass-end of the plains, whichever), but for the most part, can pick up every local station, both UHF and VHF.
I unplugged the DVD Player, and started connecting the new DVD Recorder. When I plugged it in and it powered on, suddenly my reception went to crap. Lines and squigglies all over the screen. Going down the channels (from 8 to 5 to 4), the reception got progressively worse.
I thought it might be that there was a lil too much plugged in to that one wall socket, so to verify, I went to the bedroom, where we have an 8-month old TV, and a relatively new VCR. All I did was plug the DVD Recorder in, and the same problem occurred. This means that it ain't the wiring, and it ain't the TV
The only thing that I can think is that something in this DVD Recorder is leaking EM or RF all over the place. Would it be that the DVD Recorder is bad? Keep in mind that I have a VCR, DVD Player, Stereo, TV, and Playstation and I don't have the reception problems.
I'm considering taking the thing back, unless there is some easy (and cheap) fix for what's happening. Any help will be greatly appreciated.