Preezy wrote:Green Gecko wrote:Preezy wrote:Quoting for the top of the pagePreezy wrote:Ok so I took another look at the back of my TV (Panasonic TX-P50GT50B, in case you're interested) and there isn't any connectivity for scart or RGB directly into the unit. However, there is an RGB "interface" port which is a little green socket that has an image above it showing the regular AV/RGB cables, so I'm assuming this is where I would connect the SNES cables in (via an adapter). Had a look on eBay and found this:
Listing states it's for Panasonic plasmas, the connection looks the same as what my TV would accept, I assume that I'd plug the red/yellow/white SNES cables into this and that then goes into my TV?
I'm so gooseberry fool at this kinda stuff
The short answer is if the adapter fits your TV then yes it will work, however I think it's the wrong choice.
That's a component adapter (along with L/R stereo for audio) that looks like the TV is also wired to accept a composite video input via the green plug, hence the yellow band on it. There are commonalities between RGB SCART and Component but it's complicated. There might be a similar adapter for another socket on your TV, I'd be surprised if there was no solution for SCART at all. My Samsung TV has an adapter like this (but without the yellow band, there are actually dedicated composite inputs), that I use for Component on the Wii. There's another input that's a bit like a big USB-C connector (like smartphones), that locks in, and is what you could call "mini SCART". It's made by Samsung though for their TVs.
Plugging your SNES composite yellow/red/white cables into that adapter will work but you'll get a composite quality picture and it will probably look horrendous. See if your TV has an input for "multi AV" "mini SCART" or something like that, and see if you can find the adapter for it on eBay, then get a proper RGB SCART cable for your SNES.
Note that SCART and RGB look the same, there is an RGB "mode" for the SCART standard that splits the signal into red, green, blue. Both the console and the TV have to support the RGB mode and the SCART cable has to (at the very least) contain all the pins. What a SCART connection often does is just send composite video, and stereo audio. It was a way of simplifying connection between devices with lots of pins to do different things. RGB signal through a SCART socket is usually called "RGB SCART" together, but it's the exact same plug/socket design. You're not looking for any other kind of shape, they just tend to be better built. Cheap "SCART" cables are often missing about 80% of the pins including those necessary for RGB transmission, so watch out for that.
I'd be careful about shopping around for these as they're usually made by a manufacturer with very tight tolerances and slightly different plug sizes. It's not in any way standard.
This is what my TV has, I found out the product code from the TV manual that fortunately I had.
Maybe Panasonic do something similar.
Edit: Looking at this old review there IS a SCART adapter available for your TV. http://www.in.techradar.com/reviews/aud ... 005091.cms
If you can find that and get this cable https://www.retrogamingcables.co.uk/nin ... d-for-sale that's the best picture you can possibly get from a PAL SNES, forever.
Thanks GG, I have ordered the component adapter as it was only a tenner and will at least let me start gaming, but I am definitely going to try and get a scart adapater as that's obviously going to give me the best results.
My search begins...Green Gecko wrote:
edit: in fact - if I got the SNES scart lead could I not then just get a cheap scart > HDMI adapter that would then plug into my TV's HDMI port?
You could but native RGB will look better as cheap HDMI converters don't tend to be very good. To give you an idea, the Framemeister xRGB Mini that is considered the best for capturing a digital signal is over 100 quid. Let your TV do the work. You may as well spend the same money on that scart adapter for your TV and I bet the TV will do the upscaling OK.
HDMI converters are best spared for those (naff in my opinion, we all want options here) HDTVs that eschew every input but HDMI, because what sort of mad man would want to plug in electronics from the 90s??