Here's a slightly different story, and I'd be interested to hear what others might think on the matter.
When I first got my SKY+HD box, I still didn't have a an HD set to connect with, so as you do, I used the SCART socket (there is only one on these newfangled boxes).
Back in the day of the original 'Digi-Box' you had two SCARTs, one connected direct to the TV set, and the second to your video recorder, or in my case, DVD recorder.. This seemed a neat arrangement because it kept the TV and video recorder outputs separate, and to my mind at least, gave a single, clean signal path to the TV.
With the +HD box, I had to run the single output first to the DVD recorder, and from there to the TV - that means two leads, and four plugs/sockets to do their worst.
Now all this was about three years ago, and I have say the picture quality was never that fantastic, and to add insult to injury, the audio always seemed a bit low.
The part I can't quite figure is this, Over space of the last three years the picture quality has degraded beyond belief, lacking detail, looking 'smeary' and taking on a progressively worsening sepia colour tone - not too bad when watching black and white films from WW1, but not at all good on anything in colour, and giving a coppery colour to the dark areas of the picture.
More recently, the TV began making a raspy buzzing noise from the speakers that varied with picture content - more white, more buzz - caption buzz?!
Personally, I thought it was just the old telly (1995-ish Sony wide Trinitron) slowly giving up the ghost.. The poor picture might have been dismissed as the CRT going low emission, but the caption buzz? Via SCART? It didn't make any sense.. So full of enthusiasm, and spurred on by the cat slipping off the back of the telly and falling amongst the 'telephone exchange' of cables, disconnecting some as he went.. I had no choice but to get in there and reconnect the cables - I had hoped that just maybe, wriggling the plugs might show an improvement, but it didn't.
I have no idea why, but for some reason I decided to disconnect the 'SKY to DVD recorder' lead and reverse the connection (swap ends).. The result was absolutely astounding.. I've never seen better pictures from this receiver-recorder-TV combination.. The sepia colour is gone, the picture is pin sharp and with unbelievably vibrant colour - no smear, and the caption buzz is 100% gone.
Now, put the SCART lead back to how it was and the problems reappear.. Put it back in the 'reversed' way round and all is perfect - Why?
I've come across theories among audiophiles that claim speaker cables should only ever be connected one way round because of the effects of electrons flowing in one direction along the conductors - yeah, right! And, if you're wealthy enough (gullible enough) you can by pre-polarised speaker cables -
..... Okay, so I have a pre-stressed SCART lead!
Go on then, any ideas why my setup was so afflicted by a cable?
SCART = Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs
I guess that explains everything? -