From: "Tiny Tim"
Subject: Re: SCART's
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 12:11:34 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: BT Openworld
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 12:11:34 +0000 (UTC)
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Mark Carver wrote:
> "Tiny Tim" wrote in message
>> If you daisy chain can you watch a DVD while recording a satellite
>> broadcast, or even plain old terrestrial? In fact, can you watch
>> anything while the VCR is in timer standby (or just plain off). I
>> believe the answer is "no". At least, it can't be done with my kit.
> I can. TV<>DVD<>D-Sat<>DTT<>VCR <> = Fully wired Scart
> I can, and do watch DVD while recording DTT or D-Sat onto the VCR
> I can also record from DTT while watching D-Sat.
> All viewing of DVD, D-Sat, and DTT is in RGB
Ah, OK. For some reason I had it stuck in my mind to have the VCR nearest the
telly, with all the signals flowing in that one direction, but your setup is
obviously more flexible, but where would you stick your RGB Xbox or PS2 or
Gamecube, if you had one?
And presumably you cannot watch DTT while recording D-Sat. Why do you have both,
out of curiosity?
>> Can you benefit from RGB from the DVD and the STB and still get
>> s-video from your VCR? I believe the answer is "no".
> Don't know, my VCR has no S-Video output, only composite, but that
> works for me. I don't see a reason why it shouldn't work for S-Video ?
It won't work because the socket wiring is different at the TV end. I don't
believe a single socket can cope with all combinations of RGB, s-video and
composite. On my TV, AV1 will handle RGB and composite without manual
intervention (Using pin 8? switching) but it cannot handle s-video at all. AV2,
3, 4 can handle s-video or composite but the choice must be made manually for
each through the TV menu system.
*You* can therefore daisy chain a mixture of RGB and composite signals but for
me, with my S-VHS VCR *I* cannot include that in the chain and retain s-video
quality from the VCR.
So it seems that *I* cannot use daisy chaining because of my s-video VCR.
Apologies to the OP;-)
So my setup is....
Sky Digibox -> AV1 using RGB
VCR -> AV2 using s-video (VCR has two SCARTs but can't mix s-video
and RGB so daisy chain not desirable)
DVD -> AV3 using s-video (my DVD has only one SCART so daisy chain
not possible, except at end of chain)
Xbox -> AV4 using s-video (Xbox has no SCART sockets, just a SCART
lead so daisy chain not possible)
Sky also connected to VCR on 2nd SCART using composite, thus preventing option
of daisy chaining
So *my* only practical solution to getting RGB from as many components as
possible is to get a fully wired switch for between £9.75 (passive manual
inArgos) and £79.99 (active automatic/remote from Keene).