The only option I found for the CPC (besides getting the monitor which would be incredibly expensive to import) was to get this package from RetroComputerShack which comes with a RGB to SCART cable. That didn’t help me much since TVs in the US have no SCART connectors. My initial workaround was to use this SCART to Composite adapter (see pic below) but the result was a black and white image, which really sucked.
The situation for the ZX +2 was similar. I found a RGB to SCART cable similar to the one I got for the CPC but when I tried to use the SCART to Composite adapter I got nothing. I was lucky enough then to get a customized video cable (RGB to Composite – see pic below) so I could connect it directly to my LCD TV. The image is not perfect but it is a lot better than what I was getting from RF.
Recently though, I came across this SCART RGB to YUV Component Video Converter/Scaler. It sounded like just what I needed… But it was not cheap ($50) and if you read the reviews about this kind of converter you get the same feedback that you get for the SCART to Composite adapters: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. You might get color, you might get black and white.
I decided to give it a shot and was very happy to see the results: not only I got both computers working but the image quality is amazing! Check it out how the component (bottom) is much cleaner and sharper than the composite (top):
One word of caution here: I tried this exact setup in my 2 LCD TVs. It worked fine in one (Multi-System with NTSC/PAL/SECAM) and it does not work at all on the other (NTSC only). I am not sure if this is related with the fact that both computers were designed for PAL… I kind of doubt it because the composite cable for the ZX for example works in both TVs… But in any case, I was very happy to get this to work. If you are as desperate as I was it is at least worth trying. I now can really enjoy much more both computers.