As stereo sound, RGB picture and widescreen signal is the best possible combination for digital television viewing, it is vital to use a SCART lead between any set-top box and the main television.
The composite video picture with stereo sound is the best combination for a VHS video recorder. If your set-top box has two SCART sockets, it is likely that the one marked TV will carry RGB picture information and the other will not.
If your television has more than one SCART input, you may need to choose a special one (marked RGB) if you want to use RGB from the SCART cable.
On most set-top boxes it is possible to turn the RGB output on and off. This can be used to test the RGB input function on the television ? the picture quality appears blurred when it is disabled.
If have a DVD player, rather than a VHS recorder, you can attach this to the set-top boxes second SCART connector. The signal from the set-top box will normally be overridden by the DVD player when it is on, usually in high-quality RGB.
Some very cheap SCART cables do not have all the pins connected. They may not provide RGB and widescreen picture signals. SCART cables are normally no more than three metres in length.
The UHF lead is a lead that you would traditionally associate with television signals. They can carry:
up to 45 (but normally only five) analogue television channels
You can't avoid these cables if you are going to use Freeview, as these cables are the only ones that you can use to distribute Freeview signals around the house.
Where you have an integrated digital television (an idTV) you just need to get the signal from the aerial to the television with one of these cables.
If you are using a Freeview set-top box, you will need to get the signal from the aerial to the set-top box using this aerial lead, but for best results connect the TV to the box with a SCART cable.
You can also use a UHF lead to connect a set-top box to a television somewhere in the house. Your set-top box will require a RF (radio frequency) modulator. Note that "RF passthough" is another way of saying there is no modulator. You will be able to "tune" the second television into the picture showing on the set-top box.
Some boxes (all Sky boxes) have the ability to connect a remote control receiver to the second TV end of the interconnecting cable, so you can change channels.
The set-top boxes, whilst providing a reasonable quality picture to the second TV, will always provide only mono sound via a UHF lead.
The step-change in picture quality obtained by switching to RGB on a SCART is far greater than any obtained though spending any more on a gold-plated SCART cable.
Satellite or cable TV cable
These cables are usually very stiff, and have a very basic screw connector on the end. Usually they will provide an unbroken link to the satellitedish. At the dish end they plug into the device on the end of the arm, the LNB.
Don't try to disconnect these cables when the set-top box is on. Usually there is a small voltage that will cause dangerous sparks.
If the cable connects to a satellite dish, there is not much you can do with the cable. Each receiver in the set-top box needs it's own wire to the LNB. With a personal video recorder (such as Sky+), or a multi-room installations there are two cables to the four-output LNB on the dish. If you want more rooms, each will require it's own cable.
If the cable is providing cable TV, then it is possible to use inexpensive "Y connectors" to link the incoming signal to various set-top boxes, cable modems, or - via an adaptor - directly to the back of a TV.
Composite video cable
This is the most simple and basic video connection you can get. It carries:
a single picture from a set-top box
The picture will be in colour, and of comparable quality to a analogue broadcast station. However, there is no sound. For that reason this cable is often found joined to a stereo audio cable.
These signals are quite robust and can be carried for many metres. Often modern television sets have a single yellow photo input on their front input panel.
You also use an identical cable to carry digital stereo (SPDIF) sound.
Stereo audio cable
These cables carry the left and right channels of sound on two joined cables. They are usually required when a SCART cable is not being used, as the SCART cable already carries stereo sound.
If you are connecting your set-top box to an external stereo system, a separate stereo audio is used.
There is no real practicable limit to the length of these cables, but excessive length will degrade the quality of the signal.
The S-video standard is not well supported by most UK digital TV boxes, and very few have a S-video socket. If you need one for a particular analogue camcorder, use it, but avoid S-video with digital television. If you are using what appears to be a monochrome picture from a SCART lead, it will certainly by an incomplete S-Video signal and you should change to the RGB input.
This is the cable you will use to connect a computer to a old style monitor, and some modern LCD screen too. Most modern LCD TVs will have a VGA input too.
If you want to connect a set-top box to a LCD monitor, you can buy a conversion box from around 60. However this will not result in a better picture than using an existing SCART socket if there is one.
The only way to get higher than normal television resolution is to use a VGA in conjunction with a personal computer or modern games console.
If you want to get the very best out of a television or monitor use a digital video interconnect (DVI) cable.
This will be the only way for most televisions and monitors to receive high-definition pictures from a computer, and some set-top boxes.
If you can use either a VGA cable or a DVI cable, choose the DVI option.
If you want to get the very best out of a television use a HDMI cable.
This will be the only way for most televisions to receive high-definition pictures from set-top boxes.
I have a sony rdr hxd 870 and a panasonic tx32 lzd 81 with built in freesat. When I try and link them the recorder cannot find the freesat? To complicate things I also have skybox which recorder does find. I have a switched signal from the sat dish so can watch freesat or sky. Any ideas of how the recorder can find the freesat will be gratefully received
Thanks Braintist for your comment. I unhooked the skybox and tried to just use the tv and recorder. I thought that I had cracked it and attempted to record 2 progs last night. Only one appears to have recorded (the 2nd one) and although there is a preview in the title list showing the prog. when played it will not apppear on the tv no matter what input I try. It really is driving me mad as at present we have also lost analoguesignal thanks to scaffolders. All very frustrating but any further help would be gratefully received.
I can get Analogue Teletext through(via)Sky only, but not through
Freeview, Freesat or Virgin,
or bizarrely through Sky HD Boxes,
it must be the Boxes themselves
that they choose to or not to pass the signal across to the television set and screen
I am just about ready to install a new Panasonic TX-P42G20B plasma tv with integral HD freeview (+ freesat). I wish to connect the following devices but I'm not sure of the correct sequence & connecting cables to use:
Topfield 5800 Pvr - has 2xSCART + S-Video + USB + RS232 serial connector + AV
Panasonic NV-HS series VHS recorder - has 2xSCART + S-Video + AV
Ultimate Karaoke/DVD player - has 1xSCART + S-Video + USB(out) + VGA out + AV
I have Freesat from Sky with a DVD player and a VCR recorder. Have just heard about DVD Recorders with hard drive which also play DVDs. Can I use these with my Freesat and get rid of my DVD player and VCR recorder?
I have a 42" LG PDP TV. Having recently moved back to the UK, I am now aware that the TV is analogue, so can NOT recieve the freeview digital channels.
I also have a 22" LG digital LCD TV which obviously recieves all freeview channels.
Can I get an output from the 22" digital LCD to the PDP?
The PDP has NO SCART facility, 1 x HDMI. The LCD has 2 x SCART (1 input and 1 output) and 2 x HDMI.
I have a Sky+ HD box in the lounge, connected by HDMI to my lounge TV, and by standard aeriel cable to my TV in the bedroom above. About to upgrade my bedroom TV - can I run a second HDMI cable from the SKY box downstairs (even though there is only one HDMI port) or am I stuck with the aerial cable only? If I can't bring the HD signal upstairs, am I better off buying a 720p TV for the bedroom?
Can anyone help?
with Audio: Toss (S/PDIF) Link connections. Diagramatic advice please: for 5.1 Sound system.
My outfit consists of the following:
Set top box, VCR (no Toss (S/PDIF) Socket), DVD Player/Recorder, Home Cinema DVD/Amplifier, HDTV.
All have Two Scart sockets.
At present I can only achieve 5.1 that is direct from the TV. My aim is to record and play back if possible.
Regards to all
Ref. My enquiry on Thursday 10 June 2010 5:57PM.
My outfit consists of the following:
Humax freesat FOXSAT-HD Digital SatelliteReceiver,
Pacific VCR PV 619,
Yakumo Record Master HDD DVD+-RW Recorder/Player,
Samsung HT-TZ 222 Home Cinema System,
Samsung Series 6 32” LCD HDTV (LE32A656)
All items have 2 Scart Connections, HDMI Connections, Digital Audio (Optical, Toss, SPDIF) Connections and the usual RF’s etc.
Except the Pacific VCR, which does not have HDMI and Digital Audio Connections.
Thank you for your interest to finding a solution.
Thanks for your quick responce.
I have tried your suggestion but cannot get the 5.1 Audio to transfer, I only get the picture.
I have another(SPDIF)lead and a splitter comming in the post
Will get back to you when I've tried yet another wiring system.