It’s worth noting that an HDMI to Scart Converter and a Scart to HDMI Converter are very different things and although they sound the same they are not interchangeable and so it’s good to know which one you actually need. If you’re looking for a cable like the one of the right then sorry to disappoint but they don’t exist!
Scart cables used to the best way of connecting all your entertainment peripherals to your TV but as times change we have seen the introduction of HDMI which has ushered in the ‘High-Definition’ age and this has meant that most new electronics do not feature a Scart connection and now only feature an HDMI connection.
This is great because we now have our own personal cinemas in our homes, but it isn’t great if you’ve got a mixture of equipment with only Scart or only HDMI connections and don’t want to have to shell out on buying completely new equipment. If you buy a connector or adapter then you should still be able to use all your current entertainments system peripherals whether it’s a Sky Box or an old TV.
The most likely scenario of you wanting an HDMI to Scart converter is that you have bought a new Blu-Ray Player, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, etc. all of which only come with HDMI connections but you still have an older television with only scart inputs. What are the alternatives apart from spending hundreds on a new TV?
This is where an extra piece of technology comes in handy as an HDMI to SCART HD Converter will convert the HDMI signal to a Scart signal with stereo sound. This means you can watch HDMI video on TVs that only have Scart interface sockets. This product has only just come to market (1st March 2012) but is sure to help a lot of people out by extending the life of their current TV.
As you can see from the diagram above the HDMI to Scart Converter can be used for any devices with HDMI output, such as APPLE TV2, game consoles (PS3 and Xbox), Blue-ray DVD players, PC, HTPC, etc. and you can simply plug them into the adapter using your HDMI cable and then connect the Scart output into your TV.
This product is available for just £35.49 and also come with free delivery which is a small price to give your television an HDMI connection and extend its life.
If you’ve got a flatscreen High-Definition (HD) television at home then you will want to get the most out of your viewing experience, but the peripherals you connect to your TV are usually older than HD, such as DVD players, Sky box, freeview, Nintendo Wii etc most of which only have a standard scart output and so you sometimes won’t be able to connect them to your new TV if it only has HDMI inputs. Even if you can then the quality won’t be great as Scart is considered an old connection type as they only transmit a weak compressed analog signal where as HDMI transmits an uncompressed digital signal which means better quality, higher contrast, and a sharper image.
A Scart to HDMI converter will allow you to do two things:
- Connect Scart to an HDMI connection
- Improve video quality to HD (upscaling)
This innovative device allows you to transfer scart analog audio and video to digital HDMI, providing the highest levels of video and audio quality through a single cable, while eliminating the hassle and expense of compatibility. The diagram below shows how simple it is to connect your device to your television.
1. Video Out – DVD Player, Set Top box etc.
2. Scart Cable.
3. Scart to HDMI Converter
4. HDMI Cable
So you can now connect scart to HDMI but the Scart to HDMI Converter with 1080p Upscaler also has an advanced upscaling function that will take your standard definition scart signal and automatically convert it to HD 1080p via its upscaler feature. This Scart to HDMI Converter is available on at Amazon for just £49.99 with free shipping and is featured in our Top 5 Bestsellers list.
Hopefully you will now know what you need and it’s worth noting that if you do decide to buy a converter that most models don’t provide HDMI cables but these can also be bought from Amazon for as little as £1.36!