SCART to Display
Almost all the RGB cables you’ll use with your consoles have a SCART connector. You’ll need special cables to connect SCART to the connector your RGB display or scaler accepts. Also, if you ever plan on having more than one system hooked up to your RGB display, you’ll definitely want a SCART switch (as described in the next section), but make sure to read this section first. Here’s the adapters needed for the most common scenarios:
RGB Monitor via BNC connectors:
The most common RGB monitors accept RGB via BNC connectors. If you have a SCART switch with a female output port (switches are explained in the next section), you should get cable with a male SCART end. This is the most common and recommended choice (bonus: It’s switchable between input and output): Male SCART to BNC adapter
If you’re only hooking one system into the monitor, or have a SCART switch with a cabled output, you’ll want a female SCART end, so the cable from your system or switch can plug directly into it. They also offer a version with a built-in sync stripper: Female SCART to BNC adapter
In the rare occasion that your monitor only accepts csync, you might need a cable with a sync stripper built in. I strongly recommend using a gscartsw and it’s sync stripper instead, but if you need to, here’s a basic SCART cable with a sync cleaner: Female SCART to BNC adapter with sync stripper
As an FYI, you can build your own solution that requires a few parts. I actually used this solution temporarily until the cable I ordered arrived, however I do recommend the cables above. You’ll need a few things:
– BNC to RCA adapters, to convert the inputs on the monitor to RCA. See links to the right –>
– Good quality RCA cables to connect the converter and monitor. Please don’t use ones left over from your old cable box…and please, please don’t be dumb and spend $100 on Monster cables. You probably have a good set of RCA’s laying around somewhere, but if not, just get a decent set online. You’ll need 6 total: 4 for video, 2 for audio.
Personally, I’d recommend getting one of the the direct SCART to BNC cables with audio-out built in listed above. I wanted to mention the other solution, in case you needed them to accomplish something different (although I’m not sure what), but it’s much easier to just buy the right cable to begin with.
The XRGB Mini accepts RGB via a custom connector. The easiest and cheapest way to use SCART is by buying an adapter:
RGB Monitor via 25-pin connectors:
Some RGB monitors only accept RGB via a 25-pin connector. You can get a SCART adapter for those as well:
All other monitor, upscaler or converter methods will have similar cable solutions to the ones I described above, or just accept SCART directly. Basically, if your solution doesn’t have SCART or BNC inputs, I suggest googleing to see if anyone else has successfully used retro consoles through that display.
If you’re here as part of the RGB guide, please move along to the next section: SCART Switches
If not, head over to the section that shows you how to get RGB from each game system! That section also has info on audio enhancements, which versions of each system output the best quality, plus some other awesome info!