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post #1 of 6 Old 03-16-2013, 04:16 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm in a bit of a pickle here.....

I have an LG soundbar (having problems finding the model) that has my Xbox and Tivo connected to it.

Shortly, I'll be switching to recording TV on my PC and using my Xbox as an extender. This will free up a connection on my soundbar.

This is my problem, I found a cheap Blu-Ray player on Woot!. It has everything I want, Blu-Ray playback, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, VuDu and others (instead of paying for a Microsoft Live account), but it doesn't have optical out. My soundbar doesn't have HDMI, only optical.

So I'm wondering, my Blu-Ray player will be connected to my TV via HDMI. My TV has an optical out. If I use the optical out from the TV to the soundbar, how ****** will it sound? Will it just send the HDMI signal out through the optical port on the TV, or will my TV process it and send it to the soundbar.
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There's a 99% chance the BD player will downmix to 2ch. stereo if it's connected to the TV. Please post the make/model# of the BD player so we can see if there are other options. It would be real helpful to have the model # of the LG soundbar too.
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Seeing that you are using the tv for optical playback its more than likely you will get the downmix. If you are using a bd player that has optical out you will probably get the DTS and DOLBY signals, my current panorama with tv optical uses downmix while my panorama with the 2nd optical out to the ps3 will do dts and dolby.

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The BD player is: Sony BDP-S185 Internet Ready Blu-ray Player

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Composite Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
USB Input(s) : 1 (Front)
Analog Audio 2ch Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Digital Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Ethernet Connection(s) : 1 (Rear)

Soundbar: LG NB3510A Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Bluetooth Connectivity

AV INPUTS/OUTPUTS

Portable Audio Input: 1
Optical Digital Audio In: 2
Subwoofer Output: Wireless Subwoofer
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The BD player has digital audio out, it just happens to be coax instead of optical. You need a converter like this one (and the necessary cables) to connect the player to one of the optical inputs on the soundbar. In other words....no problem! biggrin.gif
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That's good news. I ordered this:


Coaxial (RCA) to Optical Toslink Digital Audio Converter

6ft High-quality Coaxial Audio/Video RCA CL2 Rated Cable - RG6/U 75ohm (for S/PDIF, Digital Coax, Subwoofer & Composite Video)

6ft Optical Toslink 5.0mm OD Audio Cable
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