Using DVI, Phono (RCA) or SCART Instead Of HDMI

Most people will use the supplied HDMI lead to connect their DroiX® device to their television. However, if you have no spare HDMI sockets nor an HDMI switch available, then the next best thing is to use DVI. If you have no DVI sockets available either, PLEASE consider either swapping HDMI cables when you want to use different devices, or purchasing a cheap HDMI switch.

About 1 in 2000 of our customers will be using a TV that doesn’t have any sort of digital input, perhaps it is connected to an old CRT TV in a second bedroom or the like. If that is the case, then as long as the TV in question has Phono (also referred to as RCA) sockets, or a spare SCART socket available, then a video connection is still possible. It just won’t be HD (480 or 576 instead of 720p/1080p), and I’d not recommend using it for viewing documents or websites, as the resolution and quality is a lot lower this way.


The easiest solution, plug one end of the cable (some of our models have miniHDMI sockets, some are full-sized HDMI, and the other into your TV. Video and audio will be transmitted using the same signal. All that remains is for you to switch inputs on your TV, and you’re ready!


If your TV doesn’t have any HDMI sockets, you may find it has a DVI socket (similar to the image below, though it will probably have a plus shaped hole on the right, not a dash shaped one. It is possible that your TV will accept digital audio via the DVI socket, though this isn’t guaranteed, especially on older TVs. If this is the case, you’ll need to use the left and right audio plugs from the AV cable (see the Phono/RCA section below), and connect them to the audio in sockets normally found somewhere near the DVI socket. Don’t connect up the yellow plug to anything, as you could otherwise end up using the wrong video input to view your DroiX®, and lose a lot of quality in doing so.

Phono (RCA)

So no HDMI or DVI sockets available? Time to plug in the lead that has a little 3.5mm plug (1/8″) at one end, and three Phono/RCA plugs at the other. Make sure you plug it into the AV socket on your DroiX, some of our models also have an identical (physically speaking) socket for Digitial Audio. Connect the other end of the lead to your TV’s Phono/RCA sockets.

You’ll now need to switch your TV’s input to something like AV1, AV2 etc. See the next paragraph for the colour coding on your TV/leads. In short, match up the colours between your TV and the lead, and you should be fine.


As mentioned, if your TV doesn’t have an HDMI or DVI socket at all, and other than the TV aerial, only has a SCART socket, you’re still able to use your DroiX®.

The video and audio signals sent via Phono/RCA are identical to that expected from a SCART socket, it is just that the physical connection is different (much like HDMI vs DVI).

That is how the adapter will look. You don’t need the S-Video input, nor the input/output switch (though if there is no switch, make sure the adapter is wired up for input purposes), so don’t worry if the adapter you find is a little different in appearance. You may also find that the white phono socket is black, or that the colours are omitted completely – if that is the case, just look for a label (Yellow=Video, Red=Right audio, White/Black=Left Audio).

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