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# 13440 10-May-2007 11:42
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Hi Folks

My father-in-law treated himself a new TV last night, a 42" Sony 3LCD rear pro, and he wants me to go round after work and help him get the best possible signal from his Sky decoder. He has one of the old Zenith ones, but I have no idea what outputs this box is capable of and whether they are output via SCART sockets or RCAs / S-video sockets. Can anybody please enlighten me so that I can stop by Dick Smiths on the way home.

Thank you!


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  # 70187 10-May-2007 16:34
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It does composite, S-Video, and RGB. So in your case the best you can do is S-Video.

Can I suggest that if you go the S-Video route that you get a SCART adaptor (P6674) and a S-Video cable. DSE does have a direct SCART to S-Video cable but it the wrong way around.

You may be well better to also hassle sky to upgrade the decoder to one of the newer ones that support Component video out. The only decoders that dont support component video are the Zenith and the old DSR-600/620 Pace decoders. All the Motorola and Pace DSR-2000 and DS-230 support component video.


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# 70210 10-May-2007 17:58
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Can you possibly upgrade? We have the pace, it's utterly terrible image quality over horrid composite and the audio has a really bad hiss..

Other than the horrible picture and hissy sound, Sky has been great.


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  # 70211 10-May-2007 17:59
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Which pace?

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  # 70220 10-May-2007 18:34
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I have the DSR-2000, so would component video be the best way to go for picture quality?  Do sky have any plans for HD?  I guess this would require replacement decoders?



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  # 70224 10-May-2007 19:09
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The DSR-2000 does support component video, if you go into the SCART setup menu you will see this is an option offered. This will give you the best interconnect between the STB and your TV, however any limitation elsewhere in the sky transmission system may limit what you get.

If it were me I would use component video if I had the option as this bypasses a significant piece of historical and limiting technology both in the Sky STB and your TV.

The current Sky STB's including the MySky are only SD (Standard Definition) devices, with a maximum resolution of 720x576. Sky indicate that HD will be available sometime next year, this will require a new STB. Based on NDS/Newscorp operations elsewhere in the world, expect any HD STB that Sky roll out to be a PVR device (ie a HD MySky).


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