||[Feb. 24th, 2009|11:34 pm]
The new TV arrives tomorrow, so I get to hook it up. This means I get to wrestle with SCART on a low-profile TV.|
For those americans, SCART is one of the most hideous standards ever invented. A SCART connector carries composite video, svideo, RGB, component, stereo audio and control at once. Both ways. Except when it doesn't - because RBG only goes one way, svid and composite share a conductor so can't both be on at once, many pins are dual-purpose, and such problems. Due to the sheer number of conductors, the cables are as thick as hosepipes - and you just have to hope they hooked up every pin, because many of them don't - and so heavy they easily pull out the non-latching connectors.
SCART is evil. If it were forced to compete in a free market it would never have lasted - but, due to some political games by the French government and their eagerness to see a French technology (patented by a French company) made universial, it's been required for years that all TVs and associated equipment in the EU have SCART inputs. This is why Americans usually don't have to deal with the horror of SCART.
The only good news is that the TV has a built-in DVB-T decoder, which means one less SCART cable to wrestle into place. How I am to fit the one that goes from the cable box and the one from the PVR I cannot imagine - unless I apply a good amount of ducttape, those connectors will never stay in.