We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a SCART Connector?

By Victoria Blackburn
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A SCART connector is a type of cable used to connect audio visual equipment, such as televisions, DVD players and the like. SCART stands for Syndicat francais des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radio et Television, as the industry standard was set by the original interface produced by Peritel, a French company. The end of the SCART connector has 21 pins, so it is also referred to as a 21-pin EuroSCART connector.

SCART was introduced in 1977 for use with televisions. It works by collecting an analog signal into one type of connector for use with all audio visual equipment. Prior to SCART connectors, an RF antenna was used to providing an analog signal to a television.

During the 1980s, the SCART connector was upgraded so that it could carry S-video signals as well as analog signals. This meant that it could be used as a bi-directional connector between a television and other audio visual equipment. Current day SCART connectors can carry RGB video, composite, digital, analog, S-video and stereo audio input and output.

A SCART connector provides a physical and electrical connection between two pieces of audio visual equipment. Each piece of equipment has a female 21-pin interface where the cable with the male plugs can attach to the device. The 21st pin is actually not used for transmitting the signals, but as a ground for the contact. It doesn’t matter what end of the SCART connector is connected to what piece of equipment as the pins are the same for the up and down connection.

Not all signals travel in both directions along a SCART cable. Composite video, control signals and stereo audio can travel bi-directionally, while RGB signals travel in an input only direction. Most televisions that use the PAL standard come equipped with a SCART interface, as do all other pieces of audio visual equipment. It is one of the most common connectors for this type of equipment and is used throughout Europe and in other countries.

Although all SCART connectors have 21 pins, not all the pins are used all the time. Depending on what is being connected, there are different combinations of pins in use. Each pin of the 20 pins, not including the ground, has a specific signal affiliated with it. Also, the signal that is being transmitted will affect which pin is used and also the role of the pin. This means that there will be a noticeable difference in the sound and picture displayed on a television depending on the signal being broadcast.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.