I’ll tell you how I did mine and maybe something is useful.
First off, my receiver is an A/V style - it has inputs & outputs for video signalling. This is great because the Receiver can act as a switching device for all sorts of Audio & video stuff.
The TV has two inputs, a coax (primary, where the tuner is) & an RCA (secondary, called video by the manufacturer) set.
The VCR has two sets of outputs, a coax & RCA, and also two sets of inputs, also coax & RCA.
The DVD has multiple outputs & no inputs - which seems pretty typical - they never seem to plan for you to daisy-chain a DVD player.
The problem with having the Receiver as your A/V switch in a standard setup is that you always have to have it on, even if you’re watching regular ol’ network TV. I came up with this setup, therefore, to allow us (& especially the kids) to use the TV in “network” mode with everything else off but still be able to fire-up the whole sights & sounds stuff when the mood hits. It really depends on the TV’s ability to switch between its two inputs.
So, path one:
Cable feed (wall) -> VCR coax in
VCR coax out -> TV coax in.
…this is plain jane, regular old "how to hook up your VCR stuff. Then, feed 2 is:
DVD out to RCVR DVD input
VCR RCA output to RCVR TV in (sort of an A/V aux port)
RCVR A/V output to TV RCA video input.
…of course I have my CD players, etc. all hooked in, too.
Now, when I want to watch DVD’s I can switch the TV to the “video” inputs (the RCA jacks), turn on the receiver, and play the DVD or VCR with all the full capabilities of the home theater system.
If I just want to watch TV, I switch the TV to the regular coax input and just watch normally. The VCR is available on channel three just like a plain setup through the coax feed.
I had a secondary RCVR A/V output hooked to the VCRs secondary inputs so I could transfer DVD to tape but the copy protection got in the way. (minor rant deferred). I also had the TV’s audio output hooked an aux input on the receiver once, so I could play network sound over the stereo, but it didn’t sound right to me and we never used it. When I moved the setup across the room, I never hooked that part back up.
HTH - B