Budget Scart Showdown

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  1. lukealexander

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    No takers?
     
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    Both are fully wired for picture and sound. I doubt if you would see a difference between eiher of them.
     
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    Which would you choose?
     
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    i would and have chose this

    £20+free delivery

    imo you cant do any better for the money

    award winning scart
     
  6. lukealexander

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    Is it worth the extra £7 and £3 respectively? Will it spank those other bad-boys?

    I read good things about that cable, but it was always hovering around £27 on the sites I saw. Thanks for the reply sugarhigh (I'm a poet and I didn't know it).
     
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    IXOS is a good name. The one you linked to can be got even cheaper here:

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/XFT02-150.html

    Same scart, £7.95.

    I'd go for that one.

    And TV Cables are an advertiser in here (see the banner at the top, it may change to TV Cables, click on it), so "wins" all round I think!
     
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    Would second that recomendation.
     
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    I have both IXOS (5m) and QED Sqart, and I cannot see any difference in PQ on standard material on a non-HD Sony LCD TV.
     
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    I was about to pull the trigger on the Thor, when I had a quick eBay scout and found the Ixos for £3.99(+£2.99p&p). I made a "best offer" of £3.01 meaning the total was £6 and it was accepted. If it turns out the Thor really is better, I can always get it later and give this Ixos to a family member.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IXOS-XFT02-OF...ryZ15067QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



    Thanks for the input Malice, good to know it isn't a load of **** lol.
     
  11. northerngeezer

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    So out of the ones recommended below which ones are probably best for getting rid of ghosting on tv screen?
     
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    Depends. Some signals are more susceptible to others for interference, which ghosting is. Composite signals are the lowest quality and may be more susceptible than RGB. Both signals get carried in a Scart cable. What signals are you tuned into on your TV? RGB or "normal" video?
     
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    I have my external ariel into my Sky Box and then an ariel from Sky box to TV.

    I have a scart from Sky box to TV (Sky box set to RGB)

    I have a scart from Cable box to TV (Cable box set to RGB)

    I have a S-Video cable from DVD player to TV

    Any help appreciated
     
  14. lukealexander

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    My mother thinks there is an improvement in picture quality using the Ixos scart but I remain less convinced. I even thought it looked slightly inferior when I connected my DVD player through the Sky box, rather than directly to the TV. Could having the DVD player connected to the Sky box damage the Sky picture? I am just biding my time before getting component cables for that anyway.
     
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    I've done some comparisons here:

    http://www.projecthtpc.co.uk/htpc_tv.html

    I compared the Thor Scart cable to the standard free one you get with the sky package. I did get some improvements in PQ and sound, but not massive, although I no longer get interference which I used to notice between adverts on Ch4.
     
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    Wouldn't think so, That's what the loopthrough connection is there for.

    All you are doing is passing the DVD player signal through the Sky box to get to the TV.

    Sometimes looping through like this can be a pain. The electronics of the AV equipment you are passing the signal through will most of the time process the video signal. This can make it look worse depending on the quality of the electronics which are doing the signal processing before spitting it out again to go on the final leg of the journey to the TV.

    Your Sky box may not loop the signal through very well that's why you notice the difference with PQ when connected direct & then through the Sky box.
     
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    I'm going to be setting up my Panasonic TH-50PH9 either tomorrow of the day after.

    Still not sure whether to go for the Thor Scart lead or the QED P21 as mentioned earlier on in this thread

    I looked at the info & tests on the Thor on www.projecthtpc.co.uk/htpc_tv.html.

    OK on that site it says that a minimal improvement was gained with the Thor but any sort of improvement is more visible on a larger screen size like 50 inch compared to something like 32 inch.

    B&Q do indeed do the Thor for £19.98 (2 quid more than TVcables).

    Would the QED be a better option for the 50 inch Panasonic plasma. Is this cable also easy to flex, for example twisting may be required as not all Scart inputs are orientated to match the plug.

    Thanks.

    Naturally RGB will be sent through the cables.
     
  19. scottyf

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    orderd my qed p2110(1 meter)from superfi last week(excellent service ordered on tuesday night recieved thrursday morning)all for £20

    i am using it on a 50px60 sky rgb-tv
    the scart i was using originally was a inbox type thing free when you buy something(although i must say it wasnt one of those thin cheapy things but quite a thick cable lead)
    after swapping the leads the only difference i could see(and also my mother who was around at the time)was that the colours looked more vibrant imho i couldnt see any other changes.after using it for the last few days i am still of that opinion.the scart lead i was using originally wasnt crapy anyway so maybe if you are using a thin cheapy thing then maybe you will notice more.

    the lead does flex but it is a bit awkward with it being flat i have my sky box on the bottom of the cab and theres not much more lengh left it doesnt seem to give you as much length as a standard 1m scart.it would be perfect for things on shelves next to each other.

    looking at the thor test imho opinion i couldnt see any difference at all and some of the pictures are not of the same scene so it was hard to tell as those scenes wouldnt look the same anyway if you get what i mean.

    i had heard good things of the p21(and all the awards seem to say its quality)so i went for that some sites have it listed as £38 so it seems like a steal for £20.the thor seems to be about the same price if you include postage and to be honest all i had heard about the thor was that it was a good quality budget lead where as the p21 wasnt mentioned as a budget lead so read what you want into that.

    have to say though i wouldnt spend anymore than £20-£25 on a scart lead after seeing the results of this award winning lead.i wouldnt go into the stupid £40+ range for leads its just not worth it in my eyes.
     
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    Thanks for your 'review' sugarhigh ;)

    Thought as much about the fact that if it's a flat cable it can be a bit awkward maneouvering & flexing it.

    Mmmmm..... not sure which to choose then really :rolleyes:

    I think lengths can also be an issue. Sometimes you think 1.5 metres is too long and so you get 1 metre or even 0.75 metre. Move a few things around or get a new shelf and you are burgered !

    Cheapest which I've seen you can get the Thor for £17.99 from TVcables delivered. So I guess you save £2 if you get it from there and not B&Q. Then I guess if there's a B&Q in your area it's always easier to nip in & buy.

    Argos also have the Thor 1.5m for £35 :eek: which is scandalous to say the least !

    Oh well.
     
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    Do not worry :D

    You can also get these from :

    OK they are £3 more expensive, but nevertheless an alternative if the others vanish ;)

    I see there are 4 left now so I guess you must have bought 2 :D
     
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    I've ended up ordering the Profigold Oxypure PGV7000 scart lead, one which I had decided not to get because it's expensive at most places.

    However came across this place :

    http://www.hificablesandaccessories.co.uk/acatalog/Profigold_Scart_Cables.html

    which is selling the 1.5 metre ones for £16.99 including delivery.

    I think the next cheapest is about £24. And the most expensive is £50 at John Lewis :eek:

    Cable spec can be found here :

    http://www.profigold.co.uk/products/pgv70.html

    I've also attached a quick pic ;)
     

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    From where??? :)

    Link vanished? I actually bought just the one...was considering two but I guess I'll head for HDMi once I choose a blinkin new dvd player!
    Thanks.
     
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    :hiya: norfbech

    What do you mean the link vanished :confused: it works !

    If you are considering a HDMI cable I've been recommended one made by Molex. Unfortunately I ordered it nearly 2 weeks ago & it doesn't want to appear !
     
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    Like your link doesn't want to appear!!
    Honestly...there's nothing there...perhaps my mac doesn't want to show it?

    Thanks for the advice...I'll look into the Magical Molextry Tour! :)
     
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    Odd :confused:

    It appears in my original post but not in your reply where you quoted my post.

    I've PM-ed you the link so hopefully it will appear ;)

    I ordered the Profigold yesterday & it arrived this morning - WOW :)

    Connected the Profigold cable from sat receiver RGB to 21" CRT & to be honest I cannot claim there is much or any difference :rotfl:

    Oh well, main point was just to get new cables to go with new plasma to hopefully get a decent picture.

    Now just waiting for home help :rotfl: to set-up the 50-incher :eek:
     
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    Just a quick update :D

    I tried out the Profigold Oxypure scart cable I bought & received this morning & I can see no difference in signal quality when comparing it to a £5 one I bought from Argos a few years back.

    The £5 one seems to perform just aswell. So much for the hype :rolleyes: Certainly would not have paid £50 for it from John Lewis !

    I'm just curious to know what the more expensive cables are like - probably much the same !
     
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    ....I have to agree with you over the 'scart hype' - I've just paid out for a
    QED P2110 and Ixos XHT611.... I can see NO IMPROVEMENT compared to existing cheap scarts I've been using for the last 15 years....

    Just a quick update

    I tried out the Profigold Oxypure scart cable I bought & received this morning & I can see no difference in signal quality when comparing it to a £5 one I bought from Argos a few years back.

    The £5 one seems to perform just aswell. So much for the hype Certainly would not have paid £50 for it from John Lewis !

    I'm just curious to know what the more expensive cables are like - probably much the same !
     
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    Anyone tried the £5 ones from Lidl?
     

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