leads are regularly used within AV systems and in various
ways. Most European satellite receivers, video recorders,
DVD players and televisions have one or two SCART sockets.
This is the simplest of ways to connect these equipment to
your TV. SCART is a 21 pin device that carries picture and
sound - as well as allowing other information to be communicated
to the TV. SCART is a high quality connection (provided you
use a good quality version) and also supports RGB output.
This is an option which is normally selected from the set-up
menu of a DVD player and enables the three colours red, green
and blue to be fed to the TV independently to maintain maximum
SCART lead can have SCART plugs at both ends or a range of
other plugs at the other end. These are:
and two RCA
reason for this wide range of options is that a SCART lead
is used either to carry a video signal or to carry both the
video signal and a stereo audio signal. In addition it can
carry the video signal using three different methods:
for SCART to SCART leads, all other SCART connections are
directional. So a SCART to S-VHS cable can not be used as
a S-VHS to SCART cable.
order to use a SCART cable you need to understand the following:
sockets are available on each of the devices you want to
connect together. If both devices have SCART sockets, use
a SCART to SCART lead.
safest option is to buy a SCART to SCART lead with all 21
pins wired. This is certain to work as it can handle all
you cannot use SCART to SCART then you need to consider
in the manuals that came with the devices to see which
types of video are supported ( composite or S-VHS) and therefore what type of plug
you will be using (PHONO or S-VHS)
composite if you can as the quality is not the best.
whether you need to carry the audio signal via seperate
leads (if yes then you will need two PHONO plugs)
decide which direction the signal is going (from the
SCART or to the SCART)
should now know what plugs you want on the other end
of the SCART interconnect, and which direction of wiring