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S-Video to scart converters

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  1. charltonfan1

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    Hi,

    First post so be gentle ;)

    I want to connect my PC to a TV im going to buy. Ive been told that the TV accepts S-Video input through its scart socket. So if i plug my s-video cable in to something like this : http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/AD001.html then will i lose any quality compared with pluggin it straight into a TV that has a S-Video input socket

    :smashin:
     
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    You shouldn't lose that much picture quality by using an adaptor.
    Another option would be a higher quality Scart - SVideo cable.
     
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    But wouldn't that convert the signal, therefore losing quality?

    My understanding of these adapters is that they are just passthroughs so no quality is lost. I maybe completely wrong :rolleyes:
     
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    No, a Scart - SVideo lead doesn't convert the signal.
    Scart leads carry the SVideo signal on 4 (I think) of their pins, which just connect to the Svid plug at the other end.
     
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    Hi folks,

    Just to clear this one up for you, the AD001 scart adapter is a pass through adapter and does not do any conversion, hence no quality loss.

    One thing to bear in mind is that not all scart sockets accept s-video and the luma (brightness) component of s-video shares the composite video pin of the scart connect. This means if you connect this adapter to a scart that does not accept s-video you will get a black and white picture. The way round this is to use the £3.99 s-video to composite converters but these do degrade the quality to composite video.

    Andy.
     
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    charltonfan1

    Keep in mind the vast majority of Laptops or Graphics cards with S-Video out look like poo no matter what cables, converters etc you use.

    I guess for playing back DVD's from your PC in WM9 or similar you may get an OK image but don't expect to be surfing the web or using spread sheets on your TV with razor sharp images.

    If your planning to use the PC to TV link a lot I'd be more tempted to buy an LCD PC screen that has a TV tuner on board or use a TV Tuner card in your PC.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, Im only going to be using it for DVD's, DivX's and playing Pro evolution 3 so i know its limits
     

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