Do dearer SCART leads make the difference?

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  1. m2:judgmenytmat

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    I have recently purchased a Sanyo DV....... and have used my old SCART lead for the picture. I will admit that the picture is brilliant but when I wacthed TOTAL RECALL the Carloco sign at the start was a bit shaky. and when lines are on the animated menus they aren't still either. So if I purchase an oxygen free SCART which is better quality than mine £5 one, will the picture be improved?

    Any thoughts would be helpful
     
  2. graham.myers

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    A collegue at work wandered into Argos.

    He purchased a £5 cable and a £25 (ish) ofc cable. He took them home and plugged them inbetween his 28"er and DVD player. He couldn't notice the difference. So he took the expensive one back and got a refund.
     
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    Sound advice - I like the Argos approach, I used a similar philosophy with a cordless phone.

    For what its worth I upgraded from basic freeby OnDigital scart to QED sqart (40 quid) and found a big difference, in particular black/white contrast much much better.

    You will probably get as many folk for as against expensive SCARTs so I would "do an Argos" if I were you and let us know how you get on.

    Cheers

    D
     
  4. Kevo

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    YES, they can make a difference.

    First of all make sure that all 21 pins are connected and individually screened. This screening will protect the signal from interference.

    I have used various types of SCART leads over the years and have noticed quite a difference with the cheaper ones.
    Personally, I wouldn't touch one under £15 unless it's for bog standard VHS.

    It's when you start using S-VHS and RGB that the higher quality ones DO make a difference.
     
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    Composite Video is so pointless, anything can carry it.

    But if you want RGB that looks like RGB.... spend some money and avoid Argos.
     
  6. laurel

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    I was sceptical on this one - but having upgraded my TV and Amp, I spent an extra £120 on all new leads (SCART, Phono, Optical and Coax).

    SCART - BIG Difference - crisper/clearer image.
    Phono - BIG Difference - more detail/clearer sound.
    Optical - Can't tell the difference.
    Coax (for terrestrial and VCR feed) - BIG BIG BIG difference - managed to remove intereference that had been bugging me for a while (ghosting and diagonal wavy lines).

    All in all - I feel a worthwhile upgrade (apart from the optical).

    Cheers

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  7. Kevo

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    You mean to say that using an optical lead is no different than using a phono lead for sound quality. Are you sure? Phono leads can only carry 2 channel stereo/dolby surround and not 5 channels of digital sound unless you are using seperate amplification for each channel.
     
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    Hi Kevo

    No - what I meant was upgrading from cheap optical to expensive optical.

    Cheers

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  9. Kevo

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    OOPS!

    Sorry Laurel, I mis-read your post.
     
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    No problem

    I wonder if a move to digitial coax might make a difference?.....

    Or am I tweaking for the sake of it?

    My wallet is suffering at the moment....

    Cheers

    Laurel
     
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    A good coaxial will be better than a good optical for PCM (CDs), for DD and DTS it won´t make much difference, as the "more" processing will eliminate the jitter differences...
     
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    Like Kevo said, it's all in the pins :)

    A cheap SCART cable only supports composite video (which is Crap).

    Better SCART cables support RGB, since this takes more pins to connect, it increases the cost. RGB is fantastic, S-Video is almost as good and both are way better than composite.

    The best SCART cables have improved isolation and superior (gold plated) connectors. This helps in cutting down interference.
     
  13. m2:judgmenytmat

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    So I should invest in a dearer one like 20-30. MY scart has only 20 pins
     
  14. Kevo

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    20 pins?

    Are you sure?

    On your TV...where?

    Yes, get a more expensive one
     
  15. m2:judgmenytmat

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    Honestly, 20 pins, its the truth
     
  16. Kevo

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    Is there a pin missing?
     
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    Isn't the edge of the socket regarded as one of the pins (you know, the vaguely rectangular metal that surrounds the little pins)

    John
     
  18. Kevo

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    Could be (GND I think), i've never bothered to count em before.
     
  19. Mr.D

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    "pin" 21 is the ground shield around the outside...sigh.
     
  20. m2:judgmenytmat

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    Yes I was counting the one around the small pins. So therefore, I really do need a new SCART lead
     
  21. m2:judgmenytmat

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    Did not make a difference. I bought a £15 one, and a £40 one. both looked the same. So a word of advice. Stick with your normal
     

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