Scart cables - what's it all about?

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Found 11th Dec 2009
I need 3, 2 metre scart cables.

I've read about £50 HDMI cables not being any better than £2.50 ones.

Is that the same with scart?

Anyone know of any good 2m ones at a decent price please?

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just make sure all the pins are there as some dont have them all

A curry's/comet saleman will try to convince you otherwise and make you buy a £70 gold plated oxidised cable

raptorcigs;7188653

just make sure all the pins are there as some dont have them all



Isnt that just due to the manufacturing process as not all pins are used/required?? The ones taht have a;ll the pins are pre manufactured but some pins are not used.

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dcx_badass;7188685

Nah Scart is analogue so it can make a difference, 2m isn't that far … Nah Scart is analogue so it can make a difference, 2m isn't that far though so it should be ok, just get fully wired ones.



Fully wired?

Shielding is quite important on scart leads if you have lots of wires together they can interfere and cause ghosting. So the thicker the better really.

I wouldn't worry too much about these 24k Gold or Platinum jobbies.

Have a look on Play (hey sometimes have a few good clearance ones) or Ebay. Don't go near Currys and avoid Poundland.

dcx_badass;7188685

Nah Scart is analogue so it can make a difference, 2m isn't that far … Nah Scart is analogue so it can make a difference, 2m isn't that far though so it should be ok, just get fully wired ones.



+1. Analogue signal can vary depending on quality as opposed to HDMI which is a digital signal. With a 2m cable, you won't really notice much difference though. :thumbsup:

Even at 2m, you can see the difference between a VERY cheap cable and an expensive one, especially with an RGB source like a Sky box and a large TV. Beware also that fully pinned and fully wired are different things.

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Many thanks peeps, should these do the trick OK, quality and price wise
play.com/Ele…b=0

Thanks

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rutson;7188787

Even at 2m, you can see the difference between a VERY cheap cable and an … Even at 2m, you can see the difference between a VERY cheap cable and an expensive one, especially with an RGB source like a Sky box and a large TV. Beware also that fully pinned and fully wired are different things.



Hi rutson, suggestions please?

neilc;7188791

Many thanks peeps, should these do the trick OK, quality and price … Many thanks peeps, should these do the trick OK, quality and price wisehttp://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/11417058/Cable-Mountain-Gold-Plated-Black-Scart-Lead-2m/Product.html?ptsl=1&ob=Price&fb=0Thanks



The one above from PLAY looks good value for money.
Richer Sounds sell one for 49p but I wouldn't recommend it (although I have not tried it).
The £9.99 Cambridge Audio one is a good one though. I have one of those.
Basically look for a "chunky" cable. It should be 10-12mm in diameter. Don't buy the cheap ones with thin 6mm cables. You'll regret it!

Id buy a THOR scart, mine cost £15 from amazon and was an amazing difference.

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awoodhall2003;7191943

Id buy a THOR scart, mine cost £15 from amazon and was an amazing … Id buy a THOR scart, mine cost £15 from amazon and was an amazing difference.



They seem decent price for the 1.5m but expensive for the 3m, and unfortunately 1.5 isn't enough for my set up.

Well I saw the difference between a £1 and £5 cable but that was only on my newish CRT tv.

The only thing I notice about £1 or there abouts cables is they often get interferance, break easily etc the interferance is down to shielding.

I have never saw much need for a cable over £5

neilc;7192064

They seem decent price for the 1.5m but expensive for the 3m, and … They seem decent price for the 1.5m but expensive for the 3m, and unfortunately 1.5 isn't enough for my set up.



yeah on amazon!
try:
tvcables.co.uk/cgi…tml
£26.25

different cable, but great customer service, not sure about lead:
thatcable.com/aca…tml
£12.49

I have a Thor scart running from my Sky+ box to my 40" HDTV as I wanted the best possible picture.

Same as this one ]here.

ryouga;7192147

Well I saw the difference between a £1 and £5 cable but that was only on m … Well I saw the difference between a £1 and £5 cable but that was only on my newish CRT tv.The only thing I notice about £1 or there abouts cables is they often get interferance, break easily etc the interferance is down to shielding.I have never saw much need for a cable over £5



I spent £15 as i say from a few quid one. The difference on my 42" Plasma for Sky+ was amazing, stopped colour bleeding, helped clarity/sharpness and also had better saturation.

Ungreat;7192306

I have a Thor scart running from my Sky+ box to my 40" HDTV as I wanted … I have a Thor scart running from my Sky+ box to my 40" HDTV as I wanted the best possible picture.Same as this one ]here.



yep same one as i use, amazing cable isnt it?

awoodhall2003;7192316

I spent £15 as i say from a few quid one. The difference on my 42" Plasma … I spent £15 as i say from a few quid one. The difference on my 42" Plasma for Sky+ was amazing, stopped colour bleeding, helped clarity/sharpness and also had better saturation.



Well I was talking about older CRT's mainly since theres no point getting a cable past a certain threshold.

ryouga;7192335

Well I was talking about older CRT's mainly since theres no point getting … Well I was talking about older CRT's mainly since theres no point getting a cable past a certain threshold.



yeah id have to agree there, although never tried a above £5 scart on a CRT though. :thumbsup:

awoodhall2003;7192322

yep same one as i use, amazing cable isnt it?



As well as being of a better build quality it seems to seat much better and isn't coming loose all the time as often happens with the budget cables.

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Would go for the Thor but my TV is wall mounted.

How far out of the back do the cables come before you can turn them 90' please

neilc;7197845

Would go for the Thor but my TV is wall mounted.How far out of the back … Would go for the Thor but my TV is wall mounted.How far out of the back do the cables come before you can turn them 90' please



Cant measure atm im afraid, but you could always get something like the QED One Series Scart lead which doesnt come out stright from it, but out at 90° thus less clearance needed.
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