Hello all, and happy new year!
I wanted to jump in on this thread and add my inquiry, if I may. I have a 2012 Sony 55" HX850 that has the optical digital audio output, and I'm assuming that this is a 'toslink' connection but not 100% sure as of yet. Rather than purchase an A/V receiver and 5.1 surround speaker system, I'd prefer to run the audio (all audio) out to my legacy stereo system that has the analog RCA left and right audio inputs. I've read that this digital-to-analog connection requires a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), that also needs to be compatible with both PCM and Dolby sound - due to SD and HD audio differences. I've also read that the GefenTv DAC, selling around $100, satisfies this requirement. This sounds like it may be the solution for me, and others with the same objective.
I am also reading that Sony's Optical Digital Audio Output is good ONLY for the internal TV's tuner, but I'm reading conflicting stories about that as well. I'm using my cable box for TV channels, and not the TV's own tuner.
I am currently utilizing the HDMI connections on the back of the HX850 for Cable, DVD player and Blu-Ray player, and they all work with aduio coming through the TV's speakers. What I want to do is use the Optical Digital Audio output to route these three inputs through to my stereo system, and use the stereo's speakers instead of the TV's speakers.
Has anybody tried this type of configuration with success, and are there any caveats to this approach ?