Most of us in retro gaming have more consoles than inputs on our TV, leaving us looking for switches. If you’re using RGB SCART from your console, this page will show off some quality, tested SCART switches (and what to stay away from).
If you’re looking for the best retro gaming component video switch, we’ll have a page on that soon, but my favorite is the gcompsw: http://bit.ly/gcompsw
Here’s a video testing some of the switches, with info on how to test your own:
As a note, if you need info on how to connect the switch to your RGB display, please see the SCART to Display page.
|gscartsw: automatic 8:2 SCART-RGB switch
This is an 8-port SCART switch made specifically for retro-gaming. It’s the most mature product on this list with years of proven use. It’s a bit expensive, but offers auto switching, dual simultaneous outputs, true sync regeneration and the ability to convert RGsB to RGBs.
|Otaku-Store SCART / RCA Switch
The Otaku switch is my recommended low-cost solution. It performed really well in all the testing I performed and added no interference.
Note: These switches have two outputs, but they can only be used one at a time!!! Do NOT use this as a dual-output switch!
|SCA101 JP21 and SCART Switch
This is the only switch on the market that supports simultaneous use of both JP21 and SCART cables, acting as both a switch and a converter! It also supports 10 inputs and multiple output options; Single output is recommended, but simultaneous outputs are possible (check the review above for more info).
There’s also some expert options such as RGB gain control and H&V controls. Please note that the sync stripper outputs TTL level sync, so please leave that off if you’re going into SCART equipment.
|Bandridge 5-port SCART Selector
There are two models available: One with a push-button manual switch and another that auto-switches once your console is turned on. Please note that some people have had major issues with theirs, while others seem happy: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=49746
|Hydra 8-port SCART switch
This is an 8-port SCART switch from Lotharek. It has one SCART output and is powered by MicroUSB.
The Shinybow is the only “matrix” SCART switch on this list: You can assign different inputs to different output.
The only drawback of the Shinybow is it’s the only switch that doesn’t have a dedicated RCA audio out. That won’t matter if you use a SCART to BNC cable that separates audio-out, but if you don’t have one of those, you can use one SCART to BNC output to go to the monitor and get an adapter to pull just the audio from the other output. Check the links on the right –>
|Taxon Tools 8×2 Switch
This switch offers both SCART and RCA outputs, as well as both manual and automatic switching. There are two versions of this switch available, with the case being the main difference:
A note for Brazilian retro gamers: There’s a switch available that’s both manufactured and sold in Brazil, with no import taxes to worry about. It uses a unique design that allows you to chain a few together for up to 16 inputs and simultaneous dual output. I haven’t had a chance to test one, but it looks great!: https://gamescare.com.br/produto/swt-scart/
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