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.
MikeB: thanks, I can confirm I did look up the link for the Sony web site, also I did see the headphone socket which is green. Now, I am trying to work out the jack sizes, I had brought the 3.5mm to RCA cable for Headphones and the 3.5 fit into the green (headphone) socket but! The jack into the loop box doesn't fit? So I need a cable of 2 difference jacks at each end. I am going to Maplins tomorrow to see ifthey have one available., I am taking both cables to make sure. Have looked on Amazon but unable choose the correct jacks ?
David Hobbs You mentioned before that your loop box was working with the internal tuner in your TV via SCART but was this a cable? and what was actually plugged in to the input of your loop box? Is the 3.5mm plug too big? Maplin do a 2.5mm stereo plug with a 3.5mm stereo socket on the back but I don't know if its a 2.5mm plug you need. The information I found online about your loop box didn't give any information on input sockets. Regards Neil
David Hobbs: I think your right - take the leads that fit into the loop box with you to Maplin (take a photo on your ohone of the input as well on the loop), and see if they have a lead with 3.5mm at one end, or at least an adapter to make it 3.5mm or RCA phono.
When I looked into the input on your loop box, it became a bit of nightmare, since its talked about using a PDA 101cable, etc. However, by blowing up this photo http://www.hearingloop.co…jpeg , it looks like the scart adapter simply has left/right phono's at the other end. However, since you already have a lead with phono's at the other end, I assume they didn't fit. On the other hand, if its a XLR 3 pin input, then they do adapter's as well.
Neil Bell: Its no bad thing to at least know where the inputs are. Modern TV manuals seem to be more skimpy these days, and if you look through the 'Connecting it up' page, many questions have come from people who simply havn't realised that the input/outputs have changed, or dont really know how to put them together. I would normally say 'look at the manual', but if the manual is just a couple of sheets of paper with no wiring digram, then thats more difficult.
The other thing as well is that if you dont know whats on the back, its a pain when its mounted on the wall and you need 'that socket', but you can't get to it, or when you've a TV with very few HDMI sockets - there are ways around it, but its a mare. Its one reason I like to point out to customers that buying a TV with more HDMI's does cost more, but its can make your life so much easier.
MikeB From that picture it looks as though you have to have "outreach" connections to the loop box from wall plates which can have e.g. 2 phono sockets or microphone inputs etc which would make sense in a church or public hall where someone might want to plug an alternative audio source in to the system. It all seems rather over engineered however for a domestic situation such as David Hobb's where you would expect just an audio output from TV or HIFI. On the other hand presumably these loop systems are monaural rather than stereo and so you need some way of inputting both channels without shorting them out for hearing users. We don't know for sure if David Hobb's system is the same as that but I am interested to see how he gets on!
MikeB: Hi Mike/Neil, thanks for all your help. The Induction Loop is now working on TV, PVR & BlueRay player ???? I went to Maplin's this afternoon and was able to purchase gold-plated two phono to 3.5mm adaptor plugged into headphone socket and a single phono cable plugged into the adaptor and loop box, hey presto ????am a very happy man now. Cheers mate thanks for everything and your patience.
Hi I have bought a Blaupunkt LED Freeview TV but I have not yet been able to watch it . I can not get most channels.
I tested the aeriel socket with the short RF (M to M) aerialcable that was included in the Blaupunkt box on another smaller digital TV to test the aerial and it worked so I did not have to replace the outside aerial.
I checked to see what cable it was and it says RF cable so I ordered a 10m RF cable but it did not work.
There are so many aerial leads to choose from I can't buy any or everything . Please can you help me? All I need is the correct 10m cable from the aerial socket to the TV.