An introduction to SCART
(also known as a Peritel Connector or Euro Connector)
by David Vere
from BAEC Newsletter No. 128 June 1998
Q...What is a SCART?
A...A SCART is a 21 pin connector found on the rear of most modern Televisions, Video Recorders, Satellite Receivers & Various other A/V accessories.
Q...What does it do?
A...When connected to another piece of equipment via a SCART lead, it bypasses the tuning processes and is essentially a direct link, usually accessed by A/V or AUX on the equipment concerned.
Q...What is the benefit?
A...Better picture quality, Easy to connect and use. Enables stereo audio feedthrough (essential for connection of Nicam Television and Nicam Video Recorder).
Q...Why does some equipment have two SCART sockets?
A...To facilitate connection to more than one item. NB: Some SCART sockets are fitted to equipment to enable connection of an external decoder facility.
The SCART socket on a television receiver will give improved results when used with home computers and video games. It also allows direct audio/video connections to a video recorder, satellite receiver or video camera.
C-VIDEO (Composite Video) is the most common form of picture signal fed through a peritelevision socket and is one level in quality above that which is obtained via the aerial socket.
Points to be aware of when dealing with SCART leads and equipment.
Whenever possible, use a fully connected SCART lead. These are generally slightly more expensive but may well give better results.
As with all electrical equipment - SAFETY FIRST!
When installing a SCART plug into a SCART socket, make sure it is fully inserted as this can led to faults appearing or weird and wonderful effects.
Some SCART connections are Input only!
Some SCART connections are Output only!
Some SCART connections are Audio only!
Some SCART connections do everything!
Some SCART connections are for external decoders only! (Satellite decoders etc.)
If in doubt about the SCART connections on your equipment, consult the instruction book, supplier or product manufacturer.
With the nearing introduction of Digital Broadcasting, it is my understanding that a 'set top box' will be required. To fully exploit this technology I believe it will have to plug into a SCART socket.