What do I need?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by KopiteLad, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. KopiteLad

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    Help for a complete novice....PLEASE!!!

    Ive got a Panny 32 PM1, a Sony Dav-SC5 surround [all in one] system, my VCR, TV Digibox and PS2. I want to hook them all up with some decent leads and scarts to help me get the best out of the products ive bought.

    This is the only thing ive got to start:

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/t.../FORUM-SP1.html

    Thanks :hiya:
     
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    hmmmm..... :(
     
  3. KopiteLad

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    thanks :rolleyes:
     
  4. Nigel33

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    Hi.

    As all of the devices support RGB (apart from the VCR) I would go for this. You will need a RGB scart switch box though, but will give best results.

    Connect DAV SC5, digibox and PS2 into scart switcher. Run scart out of switch box to RGB scart on TV. Daisy chain vcr into digibox (assuming the digibox has two scarts).

    Connect phono output from digibox into DAV SC5 (DAV has two phono inputs - both work). Connect optical lead from PS2 to optical input on DAV SC5.

    Ensure all devices have RGB set up (done through menus etc) and use decent scart leads.

    You will get a good RGB signal, the PS2 will output DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The digibox will run DD pro logic 11 (when set up on DAV).


    Post again if you want more info - Ill check later.

    Nige
     
  5. KopiteLad

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    :thumbsup:

    Thanks mate.

    I think I understand. Im trying to get used to all this new terminology.

    Also, what cables and scart box would you recommened for best results?

    Thanks :hiya:
     
  6. KopiteLad

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    Oh, and whats a "Daisy Chain"? :)
     
  7. coolsurfer

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    Its like this pic mate:

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    Imagine switich A or D is your TV. You have 3 devices connected through one input.
     
  8. Nigel33

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    For scart cables go for a quality make like QED, Ixos etc and look to pay £20-£30. Check threads for reviews - you dont have to pay loads for good ones.

    As for scart switchers it depend on how much you want to pay. I use a Philex one which only cost £15 but outputs RGB from all three inputs and signal quality is good. Check threads - there are quite a few posts on these. You can spend anywhere up to £150 but there are loads up to £50. Just ensure it handles RGB.

    The daisy chaining means a single scart goes from the digibox (usually marked video out on digibox) to the video, and that is the only connection on the video. The scart both inputs and outputs so when you record the signal goes direct to the video, and when playing back it runs through the digibox and out to the tv. Means it is an easy and directway of routing the signal.
    :)

    Cheers

    Nige
     
  9. KopiteLad

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    Thanks.

    I understand the Daisy chain bit now...:). Where do I get this from?

    Cheers.
     
  10. Nigel33

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    I guess you mean the Philex switcher? Check out philex.com - under av switching. Product no.18205S. Have seen it in Argos and B&Q actually ! Most decent av shops sell switchers. This one is manaul select only. You can get them automatic and by remote too (cost more as well :laugh: ). Vivanco do some nice ones too.
    Look at Keene electronics web page for some more expensive ones.


    Not a fan of auto switchers (especially when daisy chaining) as it confuses them( or so I have found).



    Nigel
     
  11. KopiteLad

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    There is not much alternative though is there?
    :confused:
     
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    Depends. If your digibox outputs s-video they you could link it to the tv(assuming your panni has an s-video in. However, it wont auto switch the picture ratio for widescreen/4.3. If you attached the digibox to a composite scart input it will autoswitch but composite images are nasty. Also, the difference in viewing a games console in RGB to composite is amazing. My xbox looks mint thro. RGB.

    S-Video images are good - a definate alternative tho if you dont want a switcher.
     
  14. Nigel33

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    Most tv's lack enough rgb scarts - common annoying problem!!!
    :laugh:


    Look at the top end vivanco switcher - is a smart looking unit.
     
  15. KopiteLad

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    My heads wrecked reading these forums. All the jargon is baffling me. :)

    Im just weary about spending £20-ish on each of the scarts and money on the switcher, only to find I should have set it up differently.
     

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