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Scart hook-up advice please

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Neil_F, Jul 6, 2002.

  1. Neil_F

    Neil_F
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    My equipment is:
    Sony 28" widescreen TV (can't remember model)
    Pioneer 636 DVD (has RGB out facility)
    Std panosonic VCR
    Sky Panasonic Digibox
    Denon 2802 AV amp

    The TV has 3 scart inputs:
    1 x RGB
    2 x S-video

    The set up now is:
    Digibox > TV S-video
    Digibox > VCR > TV S-video (composite)
    DVD > TV RGB

    Any suggestions from the experts would be gratefully appreciated for my meagre set-up.

    Neil_F
     
  2. Doubledoom

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    Various ways to connect depending on what you think is acceptable.

    option 1 - RGB for both DVD and digibox but need to record via the RF.
    Audio carried from TV to Amp and DVD to amp (TV passes audio from vcr and
    digibox)

    DVD > Digibox VCR scart ( use scart lead, set DVD to output RGB)
    Digibox > TV (use scart lead into RGB scart socket)
    Video > TV (scart lead into composite scart socket - Don't use an expensive cable, it would be wasted)
    Aerial > digibox > vcr > TV

    DVD > Amp (using digital co-ax or optical -identical quality, depends on your available connections)
    TV > Amp (using 2x phono connection)

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    Option 2 - RGB for digibox and s-video for DVD. Allows recording via the scart. Audio the same as above

    DVD > TV (scart into s-video scart)
    Digibox > TV (scart into RGB scart)
    Digibox > VCR (composite scart - Don't use expensive cable for this one)
    Aerial > digibox > vcr > TV

    DVD > Amp (using digital co-ax or optical -identical quality, depends on your available connections)
    TV > Amp (using 2x phono connection)
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    Option 3 - TV doesn't pass audio or doesn't pass it with decent quality. Will require manual switching between sources. Use video connections as option 1 or 2.

    DVD > Amp (using digital co-ax or optical -identical quality, depends on
    your available connections)
    TV > Amp (using 2x phono connection)
    VCR > Amp (using 2x phono connection)
    Digibox > Amp (using 2x phono connection)
     
  3. Neil_F

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    Thanks Doubledoom,

    Your option 2 begs the question:
    Is it better to use RGB over S-video or is there little difference.
    Interestingly my Sony TV manual recommends connecting the DVD player to an S-video scart input when there is an RGB available.
     
  4. Doubledoom

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    RGB is better but many people would struggle to see a difference between s-video and RGB. Certain things, like text and graphics tend to show up the differences more but not massively. Take a look for yourself and make your own mind up

    Until i got component video for my DVD i used s-video via scart for it.
     

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