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      03.06.2001 22:37
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      I figured that the perfect accessory to go with MTV Music Generator 2 would be an RBG scart lead. Instead of the many small characters in the program interface being made illegible by colour creep, they'd all be nice and sharp. At least that was the theory. So I asked my Girlfriend to pick me up an RGB scart lead while she was out. I re-iterated that it MUST be RGB, maybe a few times too many. But she returned with a lead that claimed to be RGB, so I guessed that my iteration and re-iteration had been worthwhile. Stuck the thing in the back of the PS2, and in the back of the telly, which was pretty much what the intructions advised. Then I fired up MTV MG2. Same creepy, crappy graphics as before. Got out the instructions for my TV, and discovered that only Scart Socket one was RGB enabled, the other two being YC. So I shuffled stuff around so that the DVD and VHS were in different sockets, and the PS2 was in socket one... no difference. Turns out that even though it says RGB in big letters on the nicely designed box, the JoyTech RGB Scart lead for PS2 is actually just a composite scart. Quick trip to Curry's where the assistant clearly didn't understand the difference between an RGB and a composite signal. Neither did his two mates or the manager he called over. Atypically for me, I remained quite calm. Eventually, the guy in their repair shop was consulted. He implied that I was clueless or a liar, until he tried it. Then he ate his words, his hat and some humble pie for good measure! After 30 minutes of pratting about they refunded us for the lead, then off to EB where we bought an official Sony EuroConnector lead... and here's the rub, while the JoyTech lead was £9.99, the Sony one was £34.99. The picture's great, rock-steady and dead sharp, though. And while £35 is a bit of a rip-off, I'm not too upset. But the thing is, on most TVs, if the AV socket does not detect an RGB signal, it will fall-
      back to Composite. So if you have purchased an RGB scart, and you don't think there's much in the way of picture quality improvement, it probably isn't an RGB scart at all, and you're just getting the same crappy composite signal down a flashier lead. Remember though, RGB scarts are great. My opinion here is specifically about the JoyTech lead, and any other composite scarts masquerading as RGB!

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        03.06.2001 05:15
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        The humble Scart cable. It’s very good and anyone SHOULD buy one. It’s not prohibiterly expensive. Most can be bought for £7. I would definitely recommend buying one. The picture will be VASTLY improved then you’re standard 3 phono and the Scart converter at the end. That converter is only that a converter that lets you use your 3 phono leads to a Scart plug. It doesn’t improve the picture or sound in the slightest. But when you buy a Scart cable you will IMMEDIATELY notice the sharpness in the picture quality. It is really that good. But if you want to go for total quality I would recommend a S-VHS lead over scart any day. But not all tv’s have a S-VHS plug so most of you will have to use Scart. But the Scart image is very good and the sound as well ^_^. One problem though. If you are using a Scart cable and you are watching a DVD it will be in green hues. This is macrovision set by the DVD forum. Its to stop you from making copies of DVD by plugging it in to your VCR. But Sony can’t really deal with this as they have to do it by the forum in order for the DVD feature to be added. But silly thing is that most of the DVD players allow for DVD out by Scart anyway! Makes no sense right? Yeah thought so but that’s the way it is. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem though. So if your in to watching DVDS on the ps2 a lot a Scart cable would be useless for you. Buy if your mainly in to gaming and don’t have a S-VHS port on your tv then I’d get it. Another good thing is that your old psx Scart cable DOES work on the ps2 as mine does so you can use that one. It VASTLY improves the picture it really does. Its like me looking at the tv without my glasses. The different to me is that good. The lines and everything are stronger and sharper in detail. The sounds more true and with a good speaker system great. Go buy one you will love it. <
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          04.02.2001 23:10

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          The scart lead for the Playstation 2 gives the best picture possible from connecting your PS2 to a T.V set. All modern T.V’s have scart lead ports on the back of the T.V; they are rectangular about and inch long and a few centimetres high. One problem with this type of cable is that the PS2 has been disabled to play DVD movies through it, you will find you will have a blue screen. This is a bit disappointing, while the cable will give a slight improvement on the quality of the picture and sound, than the RGB (Red Green Blue) cable pack with it, you cannot improve on the DVD playback quality. Sony didn’t allow DVD playback through the scart lead because they decided that it would be too easy to copy the high quality DVD’s to your VCR. They didn’t think that all other DVD players can do this! Many would say, (Me being one of then) that the DVD playback of the PS2 is perfect anyway so I don’t think that the cable would make much difference if it did work. If you want improved picture sharpness and slightly clearer picture then the scart adapter will suit you, but bear in mind that it won’t work with DVD’s and you will have to switch cables everytime you want to watch a DVD, Is it really worth the hassle? I wouldn't recommend buying this cable if it's over about £10. Hower much you pay the cables are all the same, go for a cheaper third-party cable. It's not worth paying over the odds for a cable that will improve the clarity of the picture and the sound. I f you looking for the best possible DVD playback, then it might pay looking at the S-Video cable system for your television, the PS2 scart cable is no good; IT JUST MAKES THE SCREEN GO GREEN!!

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