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Hama AV Selector 100S Review

hama-av-selector-100sHama’s wedge shaped AV Selector 100s certainly wouldn’t win any prizes for aesthetics. Offering three SCART inputs, one SCART output and two composite video and stereo audio outputs, this switch is designed with VCR users in mind. The switch offers the option of passing one of the SCART inputs over to another for recording, but of course this is useless to you when just trying to play games. Fortunately we can just ignore these features, as long as the RGB button on the far left is pushed in, we’re good to go.

The buttons on the unit make a satisfying clunk when pushed and feel as if they are good quality. The audio from the composite video outputs can also be used to route to an external amplifier if necessary. Since output is via a SCART socket rather than a moulded wire, you can use any cable of your choosing with the unit and the sockets are spaced sufficiently apart that using more bulky SCART plugs will not be a problem.

Brightness/noise test:- Passed, no noticeable noise added, no noticeable brightness lost from picture.

Isolation test:- Passed, zero crosstalk from other inputs.

Conclusion:- Despite being told to avoid this switch by a poster on the Shmups forum, the AV Selector 100s actually passed all our tests easily. If placed next to your TV with cables spewing up from it, it’s unlikely to please spouses or girlfriends, but performance wise there’s no faulting it. It’s just a shame Hama don’t make a model with more inputs.

40 comments

  1. Dean says:

    Nice review Bucko, i’ll be getting one of these. Can you recommend a decent scart cable to use from my Trinitron to the switch?

  2. Ben says:

    I’m in the US, and I’m in the process of converting a lot of my consoles over to using RGB SCART, for use with a Framemeister XRGB. A costly process.

    I’m looking at these switches now, and there’s only one thing I don’t truly understand because I’m new to the SCART format. Does the SCART cable carry audio? What I mean, is, do I need to connect those stereo RCA jacks from this particular switch box to get sound, or if I’m running my SCART cable from this box to my input, will the sound travel with it?

    The other thing I can’t figure out with this switch – if I DO have to use the RCA cables for sound, do I need a separate set of RCA cables for each SCART console, or does it output sound from all three SCART inputs just through one pair of RCA jacks/cables?

    I wish I could make that sound less complex but I’m really trying to figure this out before I buy a bunch of cables and switcher boxes.

  3. Shrapnel says:

    Is daisychaining a couple of these thingies advisable or would there be some quality loss?

  4. Joe says:

    Are the hama 100s, the vivanco sbx84, and philips swv2052w the same product?
    all three products seem to be the same

  5. Shrapnel says:

    Hi everyone!
    I finally managed to test my Hama AV100S today and I noticed a strange thing with both my Super NES with an RGB cable and my DTV decoder: if the RGB button on the AV100S is pressed, everything turns a curious shade of green/blue. If it’s NOT pressed, colours are fine. Shouldn’t it be the opposite? o_O

  6. Shrapnel says:

    Since we’re on the topic, I need further assistance. =P
    With or without the AV100S, and with every AV source and cable, my TV outputs an unnerving buzz that gets more noticeable when there are many light colours on screen. Any possible solution/help?
    Thanks! =)

  7. Fabio says:

    How can I be sure I’m buying the original one and not a copy?

  8. Chris says:

    I have one of these and It works great for the some systems and not so great for others? The snes ans MD look fantastic this includes the MDCD. However when I run the Gamecube and Master System through it, the quality varies. I seem to get a strobing through the picture, this is intermittent?. Now I have used the cables directly into the TV and there is no issue. Ive also tried them via the Hama without any other scarts plugged in and with all other inputs on the TV removed in order to rule out cross-buzzing, and it makes no difference. I can only assume the Hama is at fault.

  9. Ricardo Rico says:

    so, it is able to do Composite video + RGB SCART outputs at the same time ? I am in the search of a way to do streams for speedrunners, but having them being able to play directly from a CRT television and me keeping the RGB signal for the HDMI converter

    • BuckoA51 says:

      No way to know really.

      • szuwary says:

        At least looks almost the same 🙂

        • szuwary says:

          Received a VIVANCO SBX 84 two days ago and after some tests can confirm that outputs great quality picture (my third SCART switcher). Disclaimer: I tested it only on SNES PAL & NTSC and GameCube PAL with SCART cables. However because GameCube PAL uses sync over composite video through SCART it Vivanco produces noticeable vertical “jail bars” 🙁 I wonder if Shinybow SB-5525 or GSCARTSW would fix/ avoid this issue…

          • Jarrah White says:

            Jailbars and checkerboards are an indication that you’re using poorly shielded sync on composite cables. Try the site retrogamingcables.co.uk

            All their cables are shielded. I purchased a Gamecube RGB SCART sync on luma cable from them and it looks amazing. No checkerboards, no jailbars.

  10. Jarrah White says:

    I’m curious about the SCART A on that switcher. Since it can act as an Input and an Output, can you use this device as an RGB SCART splitter?

  11. Dimitris says:

    Does it matter what kind of rgb cable each console uses? Like sync-on-composite, CSYNC, luma? Will the sync be preserved?

  12. GrumpyGoomba says:

    These are still available on Amazon UK as of today for anyone interested. I’ve just ordered one for £24. They’re sold by Amazon too, not some dodgy Marketplace seller so should be receiving this actual model. There are good reviews from people using them for retro gaming too, so looks like the genuine article. Only a few left in stock.

  13. Dimitris says:

    I got to test mine today. I got it new from ebay and it’s the actual Hama one as there a lot of knock-offs out there. I wouldn’t recommend this device quite honestly. You do get noticeable picture interference and I have quality scart cables, double-shielded and all. It’s not horrible but it’s bothering me enough to prefer plugging/unplugging cables on my CRT’s single rgb scart slot.

    Buyer beware.

    • szuwary says:

      Dimitris on what set-up do you see interference? I had artifacts with good quality cable from https://www.retrogamingcables.co.uk for GameCube PAL (CSYNC over Composite video). But when I switched to pure CSYNC Nintendo Gamecube cable with built in sync stripper now it’s perfect! It’s worth mentioning that CSYNC SNES or even Sync over Luma for PAL SNES cables gives perfect output with Hama AV Selector 100S device.

      • Dimitris says:

        I have csync for n64 ntsc (through sync separator chip in the cable) from retrogamingcables, sync-on-composite for my super famicom and sync-on-luma for my av famicom. The thing is picture is fine with all my cables until I use the Hama switchbox. Also, there is audio interference as well, you notice the buzzing sound when you crank up the volume and compare without the switchbox.

      • Dimitris says:

        Update:

        I take back my negative comments. The switchbox works fine. The problem was the supposedly quality scart cable I got to connect the hama to the tv. I found an old cheap rgb scart ribbon cable and the distortion is now gone.

  14. Jegriva says:

    I have bought an Hama S100 to connect my retroconsole to my Samsung CRT, but if I connect the Snes via Scart Sync-on-luma to the Hama and not directly to the tv, I get a very noisy picture: do the Hama “lose” the sync-on-luma? Do I have a bad Scart cable from the Hama to the TV? Do I have to populate the other Scart sockets on the hama?

  15. Soilworker says:

    I got this unit a couple of weeks ago, and it’s resulted in a visibly dimmer/degraded signal with any of my retro systems. I use high quality cables from retrogamingcables and amigakit as well.

    However, the problem might be that the shortest SCART cable I could find to go from the Hama to my XRGB Mini is 6 feet long (nearly 2m.) I’m thinking that perhaps the needlessly long cable could be the issue, but it’s very hard to find a shorter cable anywhere. Ideally, all I’d need is a male-to-male SCART gender changer, actually, since my Hama is right next to my XRGB Mini in my setup, but I can’t find any such gender changer anywhere, in any country online.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Perhaps you got one of the bootleg versions of this switch?

      • Soilworker says:

        It looks legit and has the correct branding. I got it from a top rated seller on Amazon. I suspect the cable, potentially. Or perhaps the issue is that these kinds of boxes really shouldn’t be passive, and instead should have an active preamplifier to work better? It stands to reason that would be a major design improvement, of course, the market for these sorts of things is pretty small these days…

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