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Scart/Component Switching Box

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Deano70, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. Deano70

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    Is there such a box that will switch Component as well as Scart ???
     
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    A scart lead does not normally carry YUV component signals, therefore a switch box alone can not be used. Scart carries composite, S-Video and RGBcvS video signals along with stereo audio. You would need to convert the signals to a single video signal, ie whatever the display is set to receive, before they are put through a switch box.
    Many AV receivers can upconvert composite & S-Video to YUV component, which you could then pass on to a component switch box. But in this case you would just use the receiver to do all the switching, so no need for an additional switch box.

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    Hello Deano70

    Keep in mind that SCART is a connector and YUV a Video Signal.

    SCART connectors can carry various Video Signals including Composite, S-Video, RGB and YUV.

    The majority of SCART devices (DVD players, Digibox, Freeview etc) offer you the choice of Composite or RGB.

    YUV is carried on a three core cable.
    RGB (Video) is carried on a Four core cable.
    S-Video is carried on a Two core cable.
    Composite is carried on a single cable.

    If you have a mixture of YUV sources (normally outputting on three RCA Phono connectors) and RGB equipped SCART sources you can (with the relevant cables*) switch them all through a single switcher.

    *With your RGB SCART sources you would require a SCART to 4RCA cable.

    A Zektor HDS4 can switch up to four source devices with up to five video lines per Input - see http://www.zektor.com/hds4/images/HDS4B_back_1000.jpg

    The big fly in the ointment is finding a Display or TV that can auto detect and switch between YUV and RGB on its Input sockets - the vast majority don't offer this facility; and only a few will have the ability to offer manual switching between these two signal types.

    What source kit do you have and what Display or TV do you need to connect to?

    Best regards

    Joe
     

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