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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.
Your comments are always welcome. Please use the form below to add your thoughts or questions to this page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Dave Byrnes Tuesday 4 January 2011 3:25PM
I have a panasonic hd ready tv,ihave just bought a LG freeview recorder with HDD,i have set it up so to my virgin media box i can get a perfect picture of the cable channels but the sound is just blips.I can get the freeview channels on the recorder and the sound is perfect.Is it because it as freeview built in that it is not compatible with the virgin box or am i doing something wrong.Any help would be really appreciated thanks.Dave B.
I am new to satellite TV and am just at the stage of connecting cable to LNB. I have a quad LNB and my question is, if I connect to one or two connectors, do I have to cover the unused ones in any way or are they OK left open to the elements? There was nothing supplied with the LNB to do this. My satellite kit included tape to waterproof the used connections but there's nothing in the instructions about what (if anything) to do with the unused ones.
Dan- I believe the RF mod is disabled when the box is outputting a digitalsignal(via HDMI). Also, it will only output either via HDMI or scart.
A possible solution would be to purchase a scart to RF modulater box(from Maplins EG) and connect the scart into the vcr socket of the Virgin box. You could then tune in the Virgin box to the TV and because the TV detects an analogue signal, you would not need to go through the initial setup. If you are using the vcr scart socket for the DVD recorder, this may not be possible.
There is no guarantee this would work, but it is a possible solution.
I am tryıng to attach the TV out of a vırgın set top box to the analogue ınput of a phılıps 32pf520 LED tv. When I scan for channels on the TV however no signal is found. When I try the same with My Panasonic 40G20 TV the signal is picked up at channel 50 as expected. Apart from a faulty analogue input to the philips TV is there any other reason why no signal is picked up? I tried in on a 20 year old JVC portable CRT tv and it too picked uo the signal from the set top box....
I am trying to attach the TV out of a virgin set top box to the analogue pnput of a philips 32pf520 LED tv. When I scan for channels on the TV however no signal is found. When I try the same with My Panasonic 40G20 TV the signal is picked up at channel 50 as expected. Apart from a faulty analogue input to the philips TV is there any other reason why no signal is picked up? I tried in on a 20 year old JVC portable CRT tv and it too picked uo the signal from the set top box....
I have a Panasonic DMR-BS 750 recorder with twin freesatHD drives, i have just purchased a Pioner VSX 520 AV receiver, would i be correct in connecting my Panasonic by HDMI cable to one of the input HDMI connections,on my receiver and then the TV out HDMI connection direct to my TV HDMI connection.
Would i still be able to view and record onto my unit in this way as normal or is it not possible.
Any help on this matter ?
Hello. Please could someone help me. I have a 37 inch HD tv samsung and I have a LG dvd freeview recorder with HDD. I try to connect them up with a HDMI cable but I do not get HD on my tv, however when I connect the HDMI cable from tv to my ps3 it is HD. Do I need another connection or? Please help thanks. James.
I have just purchased a new Lg full HD tv but after setting it up the picture doesn't appear to be as sharp as it should be and it is blurred at times and you can see the pixals. It is set up to my virgin box which at the mo is not HD and a recordable freeview box. Could someone please give me some ideas on what to do and if changing the cables to hdmi cables will help.
how do i set up my new lg telly/skybox/dvd player i must be doin something wrong tv has only one scart connection the samsung dvd player as one scart,skybox has 2,help would be appreciated cheers people
rob- Simply use a scart lead from the DVD player and connect the other end into the vcr socket of the SKYbox. Use another scart from the TV socket of the SKY box and connect the other end into the television.
Feeling really stupid...have got new tv...Sony ex503 and connected it to v+ box with hdmi cable but can't get picture. Hooked up old scary cable and was able to get standard picture and changed setting on v+ box to hdmi but it asks me to change to correct channel on tv and nothing I push on tv remote makes a difference (tv is telling me at top lh corner that it's analogue, don't know if this is the problem). Tv manual has no information. Please help
I can watch Freeview channels on the TV and via the Sky+ box. Plus I can record on the DVD recorder from the Sky+ box. However, the one thing that fails is the DVD recorder just shows a black screen when recording from the TV freeviewpicture. Don't understand how it can record the Sky pictures but not the freeview.
Hi I have a new sony tv and this is connected to my sky + box via scart. I also have an oldish sony home cinema system that is connected to the tv via a 3 jack to scart lead and the sky box.
When I use the speakers I get an echo between the systems. What am I doing wrong with all the spaghetti?
Bert: The inputs to any form of home cinema amplification you use (no matter what its age) can ONLY be fed from the line output facility actually on the TV or the effect you are getting is very likely to occur.
This is because there is always a very slight delay between the audio / video signal being received and it actually appearing on the screen (or heard through the speakers) and with this delay varying between different brands of equipment depending on complexity of the circuitry used for processing, your TV and Skybox having fractional differences between them.
The only way you will cure this is to break the connection between the Sky box and your home cinema system, and as aforementioned have it fed purely from the TV.
I hae a full sky package----I have recently bought but not connected a Humax PVR 9200
I have an anolgue TV Aerial ---How do I connect up the whole System---I gather I can not use the Humax with the Sky Satellite system
Jim: Regarding your Humax 9200 freeviewbox, you simply connect it into your TV's scart 2 input socket and select this input on your TV's remote when you wish to view it, that is assuming that your TV has two scart inputs as you haven't mentioned what you are viewing on.
Regarding the aerial that you have been using for analogue reception, it should be pointed out that aerials don't discriminate in what type of transmission they pick up (analogue or digital) so its just really a case of trying it out on the Humax to see what you can get as if lucky it might well prove to be OK for freeview reception, this of course being totally dependant on where you might be located in relation to the nearest digital multiplex transmitter.
If it transpires that you can only receive a few stations more detailed advice can only be given with more info being provided on your location etc, your local post code (or at least first part of) being of considerable help.
I have an analogue dvd recorder, digital TV, satellitereceiver for Greek programs and a free view box. All units have 2 scarts. I can record every thing except the Greek channel. Tried changing from AV2 to AV1 but makes no difference. Can anyone advise on how to connect everything and do i need the freeview box in the system.
Terry H: As a digital TV is part of your set up you only require the freeviewbox if you want to record anything from it onto your DVD recorder otherwise its not necessary.
Regarding not being able to record the Greek channel from your (brand unknown) sat receiver, can you actually view it but just not record it? it would be of assistance if the channel in question was known.
As far as connections are concerned, the commonly used scart in / scart out procedure known as daisy chaining might not be very versatile for what you wish to achieve and so I would be inclined to use a 2 input scart selector box with a cable from each of its two input sockets running respectively to each of the two receiver boxes, (sat and freeview) with the third common lead coupled to the DVD recorder input.
That said though its difficult to advise without actually knowing what device (exc TV) is most commonly used, and if this is aspect is clarified more precise info could be supplied which may, or may not, involve the aforementioned procedure.
hi i just got sky stander box conected in my house it was conected to my flat screen tv via a hdim cable but my tv broke and i got a older tv from a friend of mine.
the tv i got dos not have a hdim conection on it only a scart conection but that dos not work on it can anybody help.
Hi I cancelled SKY a few months back and removed their box from my set up. However now I cant seem to get my dvd recorder to tune into the Freeview stations from my TV(inbuilt Freeview)If you follow the TV/recorder's set up instructions they both show the antenna going into the recorder which would seem to circumvent the TV? The result is the recorder only picks up the 5 analogue stations.Where am I going wrong?