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Now I am not into my technology but even I know when I am onto a good thing with Scart Cables. These products connect all of your electronic equipment together such as TVs will have a rectangle hole in the back of the system and you can connect your console or games systems with it.
Now I never knew until I was speaking to my girlfriends dad at a house party once that there was any difference in products. Some of them can range from £45 to £10 He recommended this one I brought it on line and found that there was a difference in the picture that I received.
It was much clearer and crisper than before. I did also notice a slight difference in the sound quality with this product too.
My friends have noticed the difference when they come round to my house and play Fifa and it is noticeable that there is a difference in the game play. It is more responsive than before and makes it easy to manoeuvre the players. There is no doubt that it expensive and that you can pick up other Scart leads for way less money. At a little under £20 then you may decide this to be a luxury purchase especially if you are like me who normally gets these second hand. However it does make a difference to the images on the screen.
You can also tell that this is a bit better than cheaper scart leads as it fitted nicely into the socket too and often I have to force my older ones into back of the TV.
If you a re looking for a product that will improve the function of your TV then you can get a bit of extra quality from changing your scart lead. I didn't know that this was possible until I tried it.
The Dreamcast scart cable allows you to link up the Dreamcast through the scart plug of your TV rather than the RF. For a very cheap price this gives you much higher quality graphics. The original reason I purchased this was because the RF plug in my TV likes to break itself every 5 minutes, ruining my games. Lucky in a way, because if it was working I may never have bothered with the scart cable, and what a mistake that would be. For only £7, my games now look much better. There is a definite improvement in graphical quality, plus there's no longer the need to go round the back of the telly and swap cables every time I want to play on my 'Cast. The scart is easy as pies to set up, just take out your old RF cable, jam this into the back of the Cast and then into the Scart port on your telly. Simple as that. The only problem I had with this was that the connector to the Dreamcast was slightly messed up, meaning that knocking it could remove, for example the red signal going into the TV. However the nice folks at EB replaced it for me. What annoys me is that Sega don't supply this with the 'Cast... it's the year 2001 for god sakes. There really is nothing more to say, just think people, £7 for this huge improvement. You'd be a fool not to have one. Stop reading this, go buy a scart.
SCART stands for "Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs"... a bunch of European electronics manufacturers, who clubbed together to invent a new standard for linking together assorted bits and pieces of audio visual equipment. Traditionally, audio visual gear (like your dreamcast) has connected to display devices (like your TV) via an RF cable. RF cables carry pictures and sound just like a regular TV aerial does, and as a consequence of this, virtually every TV set sold in the UK is capable of having an RF lead plugged in the back of it. Thus, to ensure that most UK dreamcast consumers can plug their dreamcasts into just about every TV on the market, SEGA decided to ship their UK machines with an RF cable as standard. The problem is, an RF cable isn't really the best way to get an audio-visual signal from point A to point B. They consist of a single wire, so all the different parts of a TV signal - the picture, the colours, and the sound - need to be squashed into a single signal, sent down the wire, and then "unsquashed" at the receiving end. The resulting picture isn't too bad - but it could be better! That's why these SCART bods decided to put their heads together and come up with an alternative... The thing that they invented was the "Peritel" connector - but most people don't use this name, and instead refer to cables with Peritel connectors on the end as "SCART leads". A SCART lead doesn't use a single wire to carry all the signals - instead, it has 20 different wires built into the same cable that all carry different parts of the signal... these include separate wires for the individual Red, Green, and Blue components of the colour display, and dedicated left / right sound channels for proper transmission of stereo sound. The result is a vastly superior TV picture; improved clarity with vivid colours that don't have an annoy
ing tendency to "bleed" into one another. Once you've seen the quality of picture that comes out of your dreamcast through a SCART lead, you'll never want to go back to nasty old RF!! Most TV sets that have been built in the last decade or so have SCART input sockets - check your TV manual, or look for the distinctive sockets on the back of the set (they're rectangular, with 2 rows of 10 pins). It's worth noting that not all SCART sockets are equal - some SCART sockets are made to handle video that's being transmitted in "RGB" format, whilst others are made for video in "S-VIDEO" format. The dreamcast SCART lead delivers video in RGB format - if you plug it into a S-VIDEO socket, you'll find that the picture is offset horizontally and there's an annoying black bar down the side of the screen, so if this happens either try a different socket (on multi-socket sets, socket number 1 is usually the RGB socket), or consult your TV manual to see if you can alter the settings of your SCART sockets from the remote. The only slight quibble I have with SCART leads (this isn't anything to do with the dreamcast - this is for all SCART connectors), is the physical shape of the peritel connector - it's really difficult to shove it into the back of the telly unless you can see exactly what you're doing (and, let's face it, who can be bothered to shift the telly every time they plug something into the back?... if you're anything like me, you just fumble and swear a bit until it goes in!) - hence the "poor" handling rating below! Additional benefits over the RF lead are improved sound (if you have a stereo TV, you'll now get stereo sound out of your games - additional connectors are included to divert the sound signal to your HiFi), and automatic channel switching on many TVs (i.e. you turn on your dreamcast, and the TV will switch over to the A/V channel automagica
lly.... you turn the dreamcast off, and the TV switches back to whatever channel you were previously watching). If your TV supports SCART, then you *need* a SCART lead for your dreamcast - it's a cheap and easy way to get an instant across-the-board improvement on all your gaming; you won't regret it!
Why on earth do console manufacturers keep supplying their lovely new hardware with those damned RF units? You know what I’m talking about. That coaxial lead with the ‘oh so clever’ switching box which allows you to connect your existing aerial without having to unplug the console from your TV. Twenty years ago a coax was just fine, but nowadays we have Dolby Surround sound systems, high resolution flat-screen TV’s. Even when the Playstation was released five years ago many people were still using the coax connection on their TV's but now? It's the year 2001 baby! WHY DO YOU KEEP GIVING US THAT STUPID COAX LEAD?!!!! Well, if you’ve ever paid any attention to the world of third party accessories you’ll no doubt have noticed endless amounts of kit that you can buy to improve your game playing experience. Of course the 'official' accessories are usually very good too but the more innovative ones usually appear from third party sources. For me there is one item that stands out more than any other. A scart lead. Ditch that awful coaxial lead and get yourself one of these. You can buy the official one from Sega (rrp £14.99) or you can go for the one that I’ve discovered from Electronics Boutique (£9.99). Why? Audio leads. Before that though, let's give you a few other details: The official Dreamcast scart lead is a well manufactured affair. Plug it into the usual port on the back of the machine and locate a spare scart socket on the back of your TV. Simple. With the vast majority of TV’s (if not all), you don’t even have to switch your TV on to the correct scart input. When you switch on a piece of equipment with a scart output, it sends a small electrical current to your TV. This then tells the TV that a particular scart port is receiv
ing a signal and automatically switches it over. Very clever and very useful (as you’ll discover if you’ve never found the joy of scart). By the way if you have absolutely no idea what scart is then let me enlighten you. It’s an almost rectangular shape with a slight protrusion at the top of one end (this means you can’t plug it in upside down). If you look inside the socket you will see a collection of thin pins which carry the sound, picture and power. Because there are so many separate pins you end up with clearer picture and clearer sound – a coax only has the equivalent of two pins to carry the same signal. The difference should be fairly obvious to even the most casual observer. Virtually all new TV’s (even portable ones) will have a scart socket on the back of them, most larger TV’s will have two or even three. If you only have one socket but two or more scart appliances (such as DVD player, Satellite etc) then don’t fret. You can get multi-scart sockets which means you can have all of them plugged in at once. Anyway, back to the product and those audio leads (you can’t say you’re not being educated here!!). The Electronics boutique lead has the scart socket as mentioned above (the cable is approximately one metre in length) which carries the picture and audio but there are also seperate phono leads. You know, those red and white sockets at the back of your hi-fi that you’ve probably never used. So if you’ve got a dolby pro-logic or dolby digital amp you can plug the audio in directly from the source. Very useful indeed (to those who know what I’m on about). This lead has literally transformed my games-playing experience. The picture is as crisp as it can be and the sound is simply glorious through my pro-logic amplifier. I’m sure there are other scart lea
ds out there but if you’re buying one you may as well buy this one as you never know when those audio leads may come in useful. Also – the leads are separated at the Dreamcast end. Very good thinking on EB’s part as it’s unlikely that your hi-fi/amplifier is right next to the scart socket on your TV. If you’re still using that coax that came with your Dreamcast and you’ve got a scart socket on your TV then get yourself one of these leads now – you honestly won’t regret it.
Scart leads are fast becoming a new standard. Modern appliances nowadays, TV, Video, DVD and Consoles are coming equipped with Scart sockets as well as the more traditional outputs. For a long time whilst I had my Playstation Iwas ignorant of the Scart leads available, but when I got a shiny new TV I was advised to upgrade. The result made me feel like I had a new console. The picture was clearer and faster, it made the games better, and thats a hard thing to do. Suddenly I was Scart mad. DVD, Video and my Dreamcast were all SCARTed and I came to a few conclusions. Scart looks better, it allows for a clearer picture and a better feel to a game, video or DVD. DVD is particularly beneficial as the Scart lead enhances the picture immensely. Scart is easier to handle, just plug it in, and as long as you have the sockets, away you go. No more switching RF boxes or the like. Scart, for the price if a lead is essential, and if your TV cant take Scart....CHANGE IT
When the Saturn was released it was equipped with the SCART lead, which was a mistake (or was it?) by Sega because a lot of people had to purchase the RF Unit, as most Television's in the mid '90s didn't have SCART output on them. All modern televisions do have SCART connections, but Sega this time decided to put an RF unit in with the Dreamcast so that everyone could play there little white boxes without paying out any more money - all TV's support the RF unit as long as there's an Arial port. I didn't initially notice that the picture quality was below par with the Dreamcast when I first got it - the graphics were so incredible that I didn't really notice! I asked a few people whether the SCART lead did make a difference, and so I thought I may as well get one. Curry's were lucky enough to get my custom, and I handed over my £7.98 in the hope of superior picture quality. I got home, and didn't really notice any difference at first, but when my mate somehow persuaded me to sell him my SCART lead for the £8 I paid, I had to put the RF unit back into action. I couldn't believe how poor the picture quality now looked! It wasn't awful as such, but in comparison it looked diabolical! I'll now have to get myself a new SCART lead, and a new TV so that my DVD player can be shown via S-Video, leaving a SCART socket free. Of course, I could just get a double SCART socket, but then I’m never one to turn down the excuse for buying a new TV! There is the official Sega SCART leads and ‘unofficial’, so go for the cheapest one because they’re all good quality in most cases. This may not stand for what I’ve put but it’s my rendition, and that's what counts! SCART: "Simply crisper, amazing, real television." Or something like that... I can't recommend the SCART lead highly enough! I think you'll be able to find it for
around £5 in the January sales, so that's where you'll find me!