Scart to HDMI

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  • Gurgy 13 Apr 2013 17:49:22 2,856 posts
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    Afternoon EGr's.

    I'm interested if any of you currently use and can recommend a Scart to HDMI converter.

    I already have a -
    HD Anywhere one.

    However it is prone to cutting out/dropping the signal for a split second. This causes major issues as I use it with a HD projector and when it looses the signal, even for a second, it then takes about 5 seconds for the PJ to lock on to the signal and display it again. This is a real pain for gaming.

    My main use for this is "retro" gaming, by which I mean any older console that outputs through Scart.

    My main joy is using it on the original XBox to play Steel Batallion on a 100" projector screen.

    Also whilst we are at it my existing one only works when the XBox is set to Pal 50hz. If I set the XBox to Pal 60hz it only displays in monochrome. To be honest I've no idea whether this makes a difference when running it through the Scart to HDMI converter but I do begrudge my missing hz.

    Any recommendations or advice ?

    As ever apologies if there is another thread on this but as usual the search wasn't too helpful.

    Thanks in advance.
  • mal 13 Apr 2013 18:21:02 28,672 posts
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    Seems odd that issue's not been picked up on in the Amazon reviews.

    Can't recommend anything personally, I'm afraid.
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 07:40:47 2,856 posts
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    Can any of the weekday crowd help ?
  • chopsen 15 Apr 2013 08:46:28 19,970 posts
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    AV receivers I've owned have had a component to HDMI converter/upscaler built in, but I've never even heard of SCART to HDMI before, sorry.

    I think part of the problem is while SCART became dominant in Europe for a period, it was not really used elsewhere. That, and the fact that it really is redundant tech now, means it's become a very niche thing.

    edit: maybe better off trying to hunt down component cables for the consoles?

    Edited by Chopsen at 08:47:14 15-04-2013
  • Deleted user 15 April 2013 08:49:44
    It is possible that your specific HD Anywhere is dud, as opposed to all of them?

    I've found that sort of thing to be very hit and miss in the past - HDMI splitters and the like. Don't know how long you've had yours but might just be worth trying to get a replacement before exploring other options.

    Edited by kalel at 08:50:08 15-04-2013
  • kingcrowbar 15 Apr 2013 09:00:29 958 posts
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    Can't really help with the Scart-HDMI and it's been a long time since I've used a Scart socket but the 60hz thing sounds like you might have the Xbox going through the Composite-Scart adapter (Red, White and Yellow plugs one side, Scart on the other) rather than an Xbox RGB Scart cable.

    Maybe get a component cable for it? Don't know if you need to softmod the Xbox though and of course it would be no help if you've no way to get component into the projector.
  • Deleted user 15 April 2013 09:02:30

    BTW, I don't supposed you would be interested in a mint condition Steel Battalion 2 complete set would you?

    Odd to mention it I know, but it's a nit of a niche product, so thought I'd take the opportunity to mention it :-)

    If anyone else wants it let me know. Excellent price.
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 09:50:04 2,856 posts
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    No thanks Kalel as I already have one.

    Re. Suggestions of component cables - I'm afraid my PJ is HDMI only.

    Re. Faulty HDAnywhere box - had thought of this and I may fire off an email to them.

    Otherwise I have one contact who may have a similar device ( but different type ) that I will try to borrow to see if its any different.
  • Deleted user 15 April 2013 09:56:56
    You'll be wanting a spare if you love it so much though! Special price for you my friend!! :D
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 10:09:29 2,856 posts
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    No (married) man has room for more than one SB Controller !
  • Deleted user 15 April 2013 10:11:06
    Or even one in my case :(
  • MrDigital 15 Apr 2013 10:16:34 1,885 posts
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    :D You two are really championing the cause of marriage!
  • AceGrace 15 Apr 2013 15:10:58 3,149 posts
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    Kalel: I could be interested. Is it boxed and does it come with both games?

    What about jaffa cakes?

    How much are you looking for?

    PM me!

    Edited by AceGrace at 15:11:39 15-04-2013
  • Deleted user 15 April 2013 15:13:17
    PM on the way (and yes to all questions).
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 17:14:46 2,856 posts
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    Thanks for the info.

    I understand your comment on the CRT but from day one of playing Steel Battalion I thought it just cried out to be played on a very big screen, hence the projector.
  • mrpon 15 Apr 2013 17:32:07 33,827 posts
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    Obvious question, but does the PJ not have component inputs?
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 19:49:38 2,856 posts
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    Well it does but they are already used and I wanted a neat solution as I have a spare HDMI socket and all the cabling for it in place.
  • mrpon 15 Apr 2013 19:51:10 33,827 posts
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    Fair enough, sometimes a leftfield solution presents itself.
  • Gurgy 15 Apr 2013 20:03:55 2,856 posts
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    No problem. Just seem to spend far too much of my life trying to get one AV device to talk to another.
    Survived the Scart era by having multiple Argos rgb scart switch boxes to then buy an AV receiver to then do it all again with HDMI and now trying to connect old to new tech. It's so damn frustrating.
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