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jan 16 2015

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eBay: SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

In 2013 I bought my first SCART switch: the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 (Professional Scart cable switch box Quality 1 - 4 way), already presented here in Skooter Blog. Through it I used to connect Mega Drive, Super Nintendo and Playstation One on the SCART to HDMI Converter, to avoid the constant cables exchange.

I never had problems with the SCART cables switch 4 to 1. The image I get from it is the same I get with the cable connected directly to the SCART to HDMI Converter. Recently I have acquired the Framemeister XRGB Mini, and with it the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 also behaved well.

But in several specialized websites, like RetroRGB and the Videogameperfection.com, models similar to SCART cables switch 4 to 1 appeared as not recommended, because they mix the active input signals with the non-activated ones, resulting in a worse image and even on consoles that are off turning on only with the energy coming through the SCART cable, leaked by the switch.

I then decided to do a test with the multimeter on the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 using ports 1 and 3 and what I found was:

  • The pins 1, 3, 10, 12, 14, and 19 are always isolated, no matter how the switches are activated. These are pins that are not used to connect consoles to TV or upscaler, then no problem. These pins are there to connect TVs and VCRs, for example, so that the image can go both from the TV to the VCR and from the VCR to the TV. For us who just want to play is of no use.
  • The pins 4, 5, 9, 13, 17, and 18 are always connected, regardless of the position of the keys. These are the grounding pins. I do not know if there is any harm in keeping them all connected. I think ideally they should not be, but there are several switches which are considered good doing the same.
  • The pins 2, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, and 20 are those that the switch actually toggles. These are audio input pins, RGB input, composite video input, and some pins that carry signaling voltage.

It appeared that the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 did not have the problems that their fellow had in some analyzes. Until one day I decided to use the fourth entry switch only to test, that one that had never been used because I always connected only 3 consoles (Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, and Playstation One). Then yes, it presented the problem of mixing images if two consoles were turned on simultaneously, even though only one was selected.

I concluded then that the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 only has 3 inputs working properly. And maybe the same problem would end up manifesting in the other 3 over time, so I decided to go in search of a new switch.

The search was arduous, I looked for several of the models mentioned in excellent analysis of Videogameperfection.com, but all the switches well-rated are already out of production and is very hard to find them. Most also have fairly high price. One must keep in mind that the SCART standard was only widely adopted in Europe, and even there it is now disappearing in favor of the universal HDMI, then it is natural that the SCART products end up all disappearing.

The only switch recommended in the analysis that has reasonable price and can still be found is the Hama AV Selector 100S, but from the few stores where it was available, many do not send to Brazil and other ship, but with exorbitant freight. On eBay there are several clones of Hama 100S, but it is known that many are bad, while others work perfectly. I decided to risk with SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output (NEW HQ BLACK METAL 3X SCART SWITCH + 2X RCA/PHONO), because I liked its visuals, metal box, a seemingly good finish, looking even more solid than Hama 100S, that is plastic. The seller from whom I bought is cactusjackcougar from the store cactusjackcougar.

The SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output has some extras. For example, it allows you to watch a source while another is recorded. For this there are the B-A and C-A buttons. The idea is to connect a VCR in the input A and record what is going on inputs B or C, at the same time with the buttons, B and C you can select the font that we will see. But none of that really interests us, not least because these audio feedback features and video work only with composite video.

For those who just want to play with all the beauty of the RGB image, just keep the BA and CA keys always off and turn on the A key, B or C, according to the source you want to watch. I have connected the Mega Drive on input A, the Super Nintendo on input B, and the Playstation One on input C. In my tests, all worked perfectly and I did not notice any loss of quality or leakage voltage to the other consoles. I also did tests with the multimeter and it seems that everything is perfect. Note, however, that the ground pins are also not switched. I do not know if there really exists a switch that toggles the grounds, I find it hard to believe.

As for the RGB button, if you have a SCART to HDMI Converter, it is essential that it is always on, or else the SCART RGB Switch with metal case does not pass the voltage from pin 16, indicating that an RGB signal is being transmitted. Without this, the SCART to HDMI Converter will use the composite video, that depending on the SCART cable may not be present (only sync signal in the channel), and even if this, what we want is the quality of RGB, otherwise we could use a standard RCA cable.

In the case of Framemeister XRGB Mini, whatever the RGB key position it will work, because it does not use the pin 16 and always assumes that the signal is RGB. In fact it only handles the composite video in the composite video input. The RGB input 8 pin is only for RGB signal, and specifically the pin 16 is disconnected in EuroSCART Converter for Framemeister XRGB Mini.

I'm not using the input / RCA outputs, but they can be useful for those who want to get the analog audio directly from there, before passing through the upscaler, or also for light guns (lightguns) from Playstation One which need the composite video synchronization signal to function properly.

I decided to open the SCART RGB Switch with metal case to see how it is built and take some pictures. Noting the circuit board with attention and patience you can see some details of the operation. For example, the selection switches have 18 terminals. All this is necessary, after all to switch between systems properly you need to switch at least 8 different signals (two audio channels, composite video, the three RGB components, and the two signal pins), which asks for a key of at least 16 terminals. In the printed circuit board (PCB) is written “9914A/9914B/AVA9914A” and “TV-C-21-/4-7(A)”, which is probably some model information.

Ultimately, the SCART RGB Switch with metal case appears to be well built. I did not notice any degradation in quality or leakage between ports. But for now I owe frames and videos for comparison, because I am still awaiting the arrival of a capture card (Elgato – Game Capture HD60), that is on the way. I will update the article when it arrives.

Check out some photos from the SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output:

Package with the Switch SCART RGB with metal case 3 inputs and 1 output

Package with the Switch SCART RGB with metal case 3 inputs and 1 output

Invoice accompanying the Switch SCART RGB with metal case 3 inputs and 1 output

Invoice accompanying the Switch SCART RGB with metal case 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, on its packaging

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

RCA connectors on the Switch SCART RGB with metal 3 inputs and 1 output

RCA connectors on the Switch SCART RGB with metal 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, inside

And these are the tracking information package:

Data Local Situation
15/12/2014 19:03 CSD [Removed] Delivery Effected
15/12/2014 10:24 [Removed] Out for delivery to the recipient
14/12/2014 12:37 CTE CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP Routed
Referred to CDD [Removed]
09/12/2014 19:40 CTCI Paraná – Curitiba / PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP
09/12/2014 19:38 International Treatment Unit – BRAZIL / BR Awarded
Freed peels alfândega
09/12/2014 19:36 CTCI Paraná – Curitiba / PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP
09/12/2014 19:35 CTCI Paraná – Curitiba / PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – Valinhos / SP
09/12/2014 19:34 International Treatment Unit – BRAZIL / BR Awarded
Freed peels alfândega
09/12/2014 08:15 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – Curitiba / PR Routed
In transit to customs supervision – Customs supervision / BR
09/12/2014 08:14 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – Curitiba / PR Awarded
Received / Brazil

And the purchase summary table:

Product Name: SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output
Name Original: NEW HQ BLACK METAL 3X SCART SWITCH + 2X RCA/PHONO
Store: eBay | Seller: cactusjackcougar | Store: cactusjackcougar
Value: GBP 15,99
Current value: GBP 15,99
Payment Method: PayPal
Shipping Type: Royal Mail International Signed
Shipping Fee: GBP 11,99
Package Home Country: England
Purchase Data: 04/12/2014
Submission Date: 05/12/2014
Data Delivery: 15/12/2014
Time in Transit: 10 days
Declared content: Scart [unreadable]
Type Marked Content: Other
Declared Value: 15,99
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value:
Tax Value:

And here I close the article on SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output (NEW HQ BLACK METAL 3X SCART SWITCH + 2X RCA/PHONO), acquired on eBay, from the seller cactusjackcougar, from the store cactusjackcougar, with a positive assessment to product and seller.

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Update (25/01/2015): As promised, includes four videos to check the quality of SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output. In the first one I let the three islands connected simultaneously and will alternate keys switch. In the other three videos I put each of the consoles to run through switch and by the middle of each video I take switch and let the cable is connected directly to the Framemeister.




Update (06/02/2015): The design SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, with doors on, a bit difficult installation. If you try to hide cables, the buttons are inaccessible, if you try to leave the accessible buttons, cables appear. But with a little maneuvering on the wires could leave part of connectors hidden behind the TV while the buttons are well accessible on the front. Check out:

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

Framemeister XRGB-mini relocated to make room for the Switch SCART RGB with metal 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

Framemeister XRGB-mini relocated to make room for the Switch SCART RGB with metal 3 inputs and 1 output, operation

Update (05/11/2015): By adding a Video SCART RGB Switch metal case with 3 inputs and 1 output operation:

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Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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Leonardo Ramos
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I can't find a switch that on ebay to buy more. Can you tell me if this here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181443974550?ul_noapp=true , will give problem when turn on scar-hdmi upscaler?(I'm just asking, because of what you said about the pin16)

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