Upgrading Scart cable for sky?

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  1. Vindi

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    I was just wondering whether they'll be any benefit of buying a premium scart cable to use in between my Samsung le32r41bdx and my sky box.

    Ive got a pretty crappy picture at the mo, worse than the intergrated freeview! but thats what i expected as i know this tv isnt a fan of this type of source (where as PC and DVD over HDMI are perfect!), so will a better cable actually make a difference in this case?

    If so any recommendations on brand of cable and what sort of price to pay for one?
     
  2. Parklife

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    If you have the standard black one then I'd say a better quality one will give you an improvement. I would pay no more than £25. I have a QED one which seems to give a good improvement.
     
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    Also ensure RGB throughout.

    1. Sky boxes only have one RGB output, the one marked "television"; the other one is composite video.

    2. Some displays only have one RGB scart input, the others are s-video or composite only.

    3. select RGB (not PAL, which means composite video) in Sky's Picture menu.

    Ensure you have all three sorted first, and then try a better cable. Some people swear by RGB only cables that have four fat wires between two scart sockets.

    Some retailers / online companies will let you trial and return if you don't see upgrade.

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  4. Vindi

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    thanks for the replies, i was all RGB'd up in the first place but i kno a lot of ppl forget that, ive done some more reading since i posted and i think it may be the fact that ive got a supposedly crap amstrad box, where as i should have requested installation with i pace box instead.

    I've got an engineer coming round saturday hopefully he'll kno sod all about LCD's and think that the pic looks appaling compared to the average crt, and honour my request to change to a pace box. The person i spoke to on the phone didnt want to confirm that the pace box was better but were reluctant to give me one all the same.

    So do i bother getting a cable i hope that i'll see an improvement with another box on saturday?
     
  5. Parklife

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    But what if he swaps the box and you still got a crap picture? I was not aware of any issues with the amstrad picture quality. I did have an amstrad and I could not see any difference in PQ over my pace. I only got a Pace cos the hard drive died in the Amstrad.

    I still think swaping the cable woul go a long way to improving the PQ.
     
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    In many cases the reason that pictures are bad is because the user has the picture sharpness set too high. This only enhances the inevitable digital artefacts present on the picture. If you're accustomed to analogue TV, digital pictures are much "softer", and they're not improved by sharpening.
     

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