Gold scarts.....do they really make a difference?

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  1. Steppenwolf

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    My standard Sky & Sky+ boxes were supplied with the standard black scart to connect to the TV. I am thinking of replacing them with Gold scarts, but only if it makes a siginificant difference. I have heard opinions both ways and so what is the truth?

    The TVs are HD ready plasma and LCD ones.
     
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    no they make no difference apart from extra profit at comet
     
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    And the truth shall set you free......

    Although gold plate on connections can reduce oxidisation of the pins, there is no electrical difference that you'd notice on a picture between a gold plated scart and normal scart. That said, many "reputable" Scart suppliers will provide gold plating as standard to attract the passing magpie or mackerel.

    That said, I'd still throw away the scarts which came with the Sky box, and invest in a well screened version like Thor, QED, Ixos and the like. £15 - £20 should do it. You can get cheaper if you shop around. Avoid Monster cables @ Comet. Total rip off IMHO.
     
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    Sod all difference. Save your cash.
     
  5. spl23

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    I'm actually going to buck the trend here (slightly) - the thin layer of gold has two effects. One is to reduce corrosion / oxidation of the contacts, which is a good thing. The other is that gold, being soft, deforms slightly when a connection is made, and this can result in a slightly better connection.

    That said, you can get perfectly decent gold-plated SCARTs for under a tenner from places like Farnell and CPC - I'd stick to one of those rather than anything expensive from the likes of QED. At the very least, it can't hurt...
     
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    As above I'd pay around £15-20. You never know who might look around the back and the construction should be better. You need a reasonably good fit etc. Don't bother paying silly money. Put it to your next AV purchase.
     
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    Just for clarity, no you don't need gold plated SCART cables but equally no you don't want to keep the cheap ones that shipped with your Sky box.

    No need to pay more than £20 or so but you will notice an improvement over the original ones.

    Something like this for example :

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/THORSCART15.html

    Interesting forum name, I seem to recall someone with the same profession as you using that name on a certain scuba forum as well.
     

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