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The truth about scart to HDMI cables

We have been asked many times in the past about whether scart to HDMI cables can greatly improve the video quality seen on your TV. Well, we're here to give you the definitive answer to that question as well as offering some advice on the best way to get the most out of your high definition TV as well as the devices that use it.

The first thing you need to remember here is that just because something is connected via a HDMI cable does not mean that the picture quality will automatically improve on your screen. High definition signals feature much higher resolutions than the traditional 480i signals sent by standard definition devices.

In plain English, this means that the amount of information for every single frame of picture is much lower from non HD devices. Connecting your scart based device to a HDMI input on your television will merely send the very same signal to your TV via a different input than it would normally go. You aren't actually going to notice any benefits from this process, and there is even the possibility that if you use a sub standard connection, the picture may actually degrade in quality instead of improving.

There are SCART to HDMI converters available, but again the same issue is inherent with them. In order to display a 480i picture in high definition, the system needs to upscale the input, which stretches it to fit the display area of your television.

Just like blowing up a photograph, you're going to notice that the more you stretch and expand the original image the worse the picture quality becomes.

Most HDTVs have built in upscalers these days, which do an okay job of turning standard definition analog signals into high definition displays, but you'll never be fooled into thinking that the quality is remotely comparable to the real deal of actual HD, so keep your money in your pocket and don't bother with scart to HDMI cables claiming to improve your viewing experience - you'll just be wasting your time.

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