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Do Scart Splitters degrade the signal significantly?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by apang, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. apang

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    I have the old problem of too many sources and not enough connections!

    By way of background,
    My TV has 2 RGB-enabled scart sockets (Loewe Nemos).
    My DVD player feeds one RGB signal directly to one of the sockets.
    My skybox feeds RGB to the other socket.

    So far, so good.

    My skybox also feeds my videosender through the other scart socket (labelled VCR). However, this skybox socket is a input/ouput socket and can loop through RGB signals.

    Thus I am able to feed the Gamecube RGB signal through the videosender adaptor, through the skybox into the TV.

    Now I wish to add a PS2 to the mix. Leaving aside the discussion of whether I should feed a component (YUV) signal to the TV via the Loewe SCART connection, the question is:

    Do scart splitters degrade the signal being carried?

    I think my only option is to use a scart splitter (e.g. 3 scart inputs to 1 scart output) at one of the RGB slots of the TV. However, I am worried that using this will negate the effects of the quality scart interconnects that I have purchased.

    Also, I would prefer an auto-switch splitter but I am not allowed to use another power socket (rules of the missus). Are there any auto-switching units that don't require an external power supply?

    I appreciate that is is probably quite specialised, but any help gratefully received! And apologies for the length...
     
  2. TV Headache

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    If I'm reading your situation correctly then I think you need a scart switcher rather than a splitter. (You'd use a splitter if you wanted to use the same source on more than one TV)

    As far as quality is concerned, the signal loss depends on which switcher you go for. I use a really simple manual B-Tech splitter and I haven't noticed any degradation. Previously I'd tried both automatic and manual splitters from Argos and they did horrible things to the picture! :eek:

    All the automatic switchers that I've seen required power, but don't let that stop you looking for one which doesn't. Personally I get along fine having my PVR and DVD player on the manual switch because I only watch DVDs once a week at most.

    FYI, I bought my B-Tech BT22 from these guys:
    http://www.tek2.com/beyondhifi/acatalog/Scart.html
     
  3. apang

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    Thanks.
     

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