Best cable setup for new and old bits

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  1. ifaweb

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    Hello all,

    I went to an auction last night to buy a desk and instead came back with a Philips 42PF5421 and need some advice as I'm no genius.

    I wonder if anyone could tell the best possible cable set up for connecting it to a DVD and sky box (both old) as I will be hanging it over the fireplace at the weekend. I won't be using hdmi as none of my other devices have it. Just looking for the best sound and picture quality possible.

    I have cut and pasted pictures from the back of the manuals as it would be easier than trying to describe the connections.

    Dvd is Sony DVP-NS400D
    Sky Box is Thomson DS4212

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    Digibox connections are as follows:

    TV Scart - Scart (composite video out; RGB out)
    VCR Scart - SCART (composite video in/out; RGB in)
    Telephone Line - RJ-11
    Aerial In - IEC 169-2 female
    RF Out 1 - IEC 169-2 male
    RF Out 2 - IEC 169-2 male
    Audio Out (L and R) - Phone

    Would really appreciate it if anyone can help? It just confuses me with all the different connections.

    Many thanks
     
  2. GliderRider

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    Connect the two via component cable (for picture) and Coax or Optical for sound. (I prefer Coax)
     
  3. MitsiTurbo

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    The DVD doesnt have a component output though! It would be worth finding out if the Sony DVD player passes RGB signal from its input (line 2) to the RGB output of line 1. If it does, then connect the Sky box TV out to the line 2 of the DVD player and then the line 1 output to the RGB input of the TV (usually AV1). Ensure that both the Sky box and the DVD are set to RGB. When you turn the DVD on, it will override the Sky box.
     
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    Thanks for the response,

    not wanting to sound too dense, do you mean with scart leads? If so does that mean just 1 scart into the TV that will do both?
     
  5. Mr Incredible

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    Even if it doesn't pass RGB, I'd swap the arrangement around and feed the DVD Line 1 to the VCR Scart on the Digibox and then the Digibox to the TV.
     
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    Yes. In effect you daisy-chain the DVD and Digibox and squirt the picture down the same single Scart lead to the TV.
     
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    Oh I see, I have done that in the past when I only had one scart socket on the TV.

    Also is it worth investing in the gold scart leads?

    Thanks
     
  8. Mr Incredible

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    Unless you live in a high humidity envronment, gold plating serve to do nothing except to prevent oxidisation of the pins over time, thereby impacting signal transfer. That said, most Scart leads you can buy are gold plated, and appear not to be at a price premium. So, in short, gold plated is fine, as is non-gold plated.
     
  9. MitsiTurbo

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    I thought that the digibox didnt pass through RGB? I may be wrong though! :rolleyes:
     
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    I had a Tosh SD220 passing through the Sky box as I only had 1 x RGB on my TV, and the Tosh had just one Scart IIRC.

    The Sky VCR Scart certainly doesn't output RGB, but I'm confident it passes RGB.
     

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