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Frequently Asked Questions About a SCART to HDMI Converter

The purpose of a SCART to HDMI adapter is to convert an audio-video signal from one format into the other. eBay can help make the process much easier if you are having trouble finding the affordable audio and video equipment you need. Read on to learn more about these products before making your purchase.

Why should you buy a new SCART to HDMI converter?

You will need a SCART to HDMI adapter if you are trying to connect a SCART video source to an HDMI display. The French-originating SCART standard is a common analogue audio and video interface used throughout Europe. It can transmit multiple types of analogue video, including composite, component, and S-video. A SCART interface may be found in certain video game consoles, VHS players, DVD players, and rarely in Blu-ray players. HDMI, on the other hand, is a digital interface that can transmit uncompressed audio and video. You will find it in most flat-panel displays, projectors, and computer systems. The two formats are completely incompatible without the use of an adapter.

How do you choose the right adapter?

When purchasing a SCART to HDMI adapter on eBay, you should pay close attention to the following specs and features:

  • Resolution: The total resolution is primarily a function of how much total bandwidth or data can pass through the adapter. All converter boxes should, at the least, be able to display video at 720p and 1080p. Some adapters may have the ability to upscale the video if the SCART video source outputs video at a lower resolution than your display. Upscaling is a process of converting a lower-resolution video into a higher resolution. That is accomplished with an algorithm to help the quality can vary from one adapter to another.
  • Refresh rate: The refresh rate is the number of times the screen updates its image every second. The typical refresh rate of most TVs is 60 hertz, meaning the image refreshes 60 times per second. That can create the appearance of a smooth video. Make sure the adapter can display at the correct refresh rate of your television or monitor.
  • Stereo output: Some SCART to HDMI adapters may come with a built-in 3.5mm jack so that you can connect a pair of headphones.
Does the SCART to HDMI adapter require any installation?

Most SCART to HDMI adapters should be plug and play compatible. That means it requires no installation. Once you connect the adapter, your devices should be able to start using it almost instantly.

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