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Need an extra SCART socket on your TV?
on 24 July 2007
Problem: I had a good quality DVD player plugged into the TV via a SCART socket; I received a cheap DVD recorder; but the TV had no spare SCART socket.
Unplugging one SCART cable from the TV & plugging in the other every time I wanted to switch between the recorder and the player was fiddly & tedious.
Solution: (after reading reviews of a large number of switching systems, cheap or otherwise) I ordered the Hama Scart Switch Box for its reputation for simplicity, effectiveness & reliability. It came. The two small pages of operating instructions tell you clearly everything you need to know. All I had to do was (i) plug the SCART cable from the TV into the TV/MONITOR socket on the little Hama box, (ii) plug the recorder SCART cable into the A/VCR 1 socket on the box, and (iii) plug the player into the B/VCR 2 socket, and my problem was solved. (The box itself does not require its own power supply - it's just a mechanical switching system.)
Result: I simply either (i) press button A on the Hama box when I want to use the DVD recorder, or (ii) press button B if I want to change to the DVD player.
(The box has various other fancy capabilities - it has three SCART input sockets, RCA sockets for your HiFi, facilities for copying from one source to another, etc. - but I have had no need to try them yet.)