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Scart and HDMI together

Discussion in 'PVR-9300 Freeview Recorder' started by greywizard, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. greywizard

    greywizard New Member

    Now for a really naive question. As HDMI does not 'auto-switch' PVR's to tv's, can I leave the Scart plug in to get the pvr to switch and then get HDMI quality playback.
     
  2. ChrisDaniels

    ChrisDaniels Well-Known Member

    The TV would switch to the scart input though.. and no you cant have hdmi quality through scart.
    Scart is analouge, HDMI is digital.
     
  3. ChrisDaniels

    ChrisDaniels Well-Known Member

    The hdmi auto-switching issue is not really the Humax boxes fault, its the TVs.
    The HDMI spec is borked, so it doesnt auto switch if you use different manufacturers kit. You can thank the HDMI working group for that little gem of thinking.
     
  4. greywizard

    greywizard New Member

    Sorry if I didnt explain things correctly. What I meant was to let Scart connection do the switching and then the HDMI connection transmit the better quality output to screen.
     
  5. HarveyB

    HarveyB Active Member

    The Scart switching will switch to the Scart connection.
    For HDMI you need to switch to HDMI connection.
    They will be different inputs on your TV, you cannot tell the Scart to switch to the HDMI input.
     
  6. ChrisDaniels

    ChrisDaniels Well-Known Member

    Yep, like I said in post #2 & as Harvey said. The tv will auto switch to scart. There is no method for you to then say to the tv that when that happens, flick over to hdmi input 1 for example.


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  7. Black Hole

    Black Hole Well-Known Member

    Maybe the OP has a gap in his understanding:

    The SCART connection is an alternative to HDMI, not a supplement. SCART is the old-fashioned analogue video interface commonly found on VCRs and the like, in fact anything for sending video to a TV before HDMI came along. TVs generally had an auto-switching mechanism so that when you turned on (say) your DVD player, it would automatically stop displaying the live broadcast feed from the tuner and start displaying whatever the DVD player was putting out. Even modern TVs (if fitted with a SCART socket) do that, and the SCART takes priority over live and HDMI.

    Unfortunately, SCART is not able to handle the high quality video that the Humax is capable of outputting. If you want that, you need to connect the TV to the Humax by HDMI. HDMI inputs do not in general have any kind of auto-switching, so the only way to stop viewing live broadcast from the TV's internal tuner and start viewing whatever the Humax is putting out is to tell the TV to do it via a remote control button press. For that and several other reasons, I generally only view TV via the Humax so the TV is always in HDMI mode - but as the HDR-FOX is able to record two programmes and display a third simultaneously that is rarely a hardship.

    Having said that, as we are only talking about the 9300 here which is (I believe) only StDef anyway, the SCART video won't be so bad - several people use it (or the phono connection) to send video to a TV too distant for HDMI.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  8. greywizard

    greywizard New Member

    Thanks for all the replies.Alas Grey by name, grey by nature. An oldie has now learnt some new knowledge.
     

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