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Connect TV Audio to amplifier using SCART

Discussion in 'TVs' started by nuphonic, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. nuphonic

    nuphonic Member

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    Second attempt at posting

    Hi,
    Disclaimer: New to all this, sorry for basic question!

    I think this is a stupid question but as some idiot once said......

    Our CRT TV has two scarts (one RGB, one SVIDEO).
    Is it possible to hook the audio from the TV to the amplifier so we can have normal TV programmes routed through the amp and thus to the speakers (ordered a 5.1 set-up)?

    Only the RGB SCART is used (connected to DVD drive). Is it possible to wire the audio signals from the SVIDEO SCART socket to an input on the amplifier or even from the RGB socket? I know SCART cables are bi-directional but is this just for the data lines? Does the TV supply the audio on the SCRAT connector that is not in use?

    If so then what would such a cable be called or would I have to make it myself? Any better ideas/suggestions.

    Cheers
    Steve
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    :rtfm: it should tell you. My old philips TV allowed this.
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    Thanks for the 'really useful' advice. I have already done so but the manual (if it could be called one) makes no mention of it. I wanted to know if it was something that was 'normal'. If so what would the cable be called?
    The TV is in fact a Philips 28PT4408/01.

    If anyone has any more 'help' then I would be grateful.
    Cheers
    Steve
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    Fully wired RGB SCART sockets are bi-directional but I think you might find that the S-Video/composite SCART socket you want to use isn't. Most SCART sockets are marked with left and right facing arrows to indicate if they are bi-directional.
    It also usually indicates in the TV manual which sockets allow video/audio output.

    Assuming your 5.1 system has an optical input a solution (better IMHO) is to buy a Freeview digital set top box with an optical digital audio output like the Netgem i-Player+. This is looped in series through your DVD/VCR by SCART cabling but you get the optical audio output direct from the back of the digi-box.

    If you go to http://www.lektropacks.co.uk and look under SCART controls/connectors you might find a cheaper method of doing what you want.
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    Thanks for the quick feedback.

    @fallenangle
    I live in Germany so a Freeview box is not acceptable for me. However 'just' to get audio output from my TV it seems a bit severe.
    The TV has bi-directional arrows for both SCART sockets so I think I should be OK.

    In the end I ordered a SCART plug with 2 * phono sockets and also a SVIDEO connector. I have no use for the SVIDEO socket currently but the price was no great difference.
    If the SVIDEO SCART socket was not bi-directional I was going to hook the DVD to this socket instead (Does RGB make such a difference to SVIDEO?), but seeing as it is then it doesn't matter.

    Thanks all for the help!
    Steve
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    On all the TVs I've had only the non-RGB socket is S-Video enabled. Seems to be standard practice if the set doesn't have a separate S-Video connection. Why these non-RGB SCART sockets often aren't (or marked as) bi-directional I have no idea.

    I've been looking into this method of connecting TV audio output to an amp and what I don't understand is what is the difference between a SCART OUT to 2 phono connector cable and a SCART IN to 2 phono connector cable. If all SCART sockets are bi-directional why do most SCART cable specialists supply IN and OUT versions? Why aren't they the same? I'd be interested if somebody could explain.
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    OK -- found out the answer for myself.

    SCART plugs/cables have separate left/right in/out audio connections. Pins 1, 2, 3 and 6. But that does mean you do have to make sure you buy the correct SCART OUT to 2 phono cable to output the audio from your TV's SCART sockets.

    Alternatively use a more expensive IN/OUT switchable SCART plug/cable instead.
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    >Alternatively use a more expensive IN/OUT switchable SCART plug/cable instead.

    This is what i ordered yesterday!

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