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Just got a Panasonic TC-P50UT50 and am loving it. However, the only audio out option is optical digital. I have a 2.1 speaker system that only accepts 3.5mm. I have purchased a Fii0 D3 DAC. Super cheap but I thought it would do the trick. Unfortunately, I have come to find out that it doesn't process Dolby Digital so all I get is noise. It doesn't look like the TC-P50UT50 has an option to turn off Dolby. Any suggestions?
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SUBTITLE: TosLink OR Coaxial OR Analog - Too Many Options...
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Just got a Panasonic TC-P50UT50 and am loving it. However, the only audio out option is optical digital. I have a 2.1 speaker system that only accepts 3.5mm. I have purchased a Fii0 D3 DAC. Super cheap but I thought it would do the trick. Unfortunately, I have come to find out that it doesn't process Dolby Digital so all I get is noise...

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  1. Did you try the DAC with different inputs to be sure that it works?
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  2. Did you remove both protective covers from the ends of the TosLink cable? redface.gif

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SUBTITLE: Food for thought.

If using the TV's internal tuner and there's no option in the TV's audio setup for PCM only, your options are very limited.
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SUBTITLE: Change, While Inevitable, is *STILL* a Royal PITA! tongue.gif
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Everything was so much simpler, back in the 70s, when I was building my DynaKit Audio Equipment (Stereo-70, PAT-4, AF-6) and HeathKit 25" Color TV. Now I have some equipment with Digital TOSLink and some with Digital Coaxial, while my beautiful Onkyo TX-SV919THX (S-Video & Analog Audio) sits there like a dinosaur. mad.gif

I picked up a pair of *NICE* Altec Lansing ADA885 4.1 PC Speaker Systems several years ago (originally ~$400 a decade before eek.gif ; ~$40 a decade later cool.gif ) and the analog audio from my Panasonic 27" CRT would *BLAST* through the setup in the Living Room. Then, S-Video and Analog Audio disappeared. {tears} So, I eventually bought a pair of Panasonic LCDs, fed by HDMI switches and Component switches, but had to suffer with just the TV's speakers. So, I looked on Monoprice and looked on Amazon and tried an 'El-Cheapo' "TOSLink or Coaxial to Analog Converter" - NG! At full volume, I could hardly hear the ADA885. So, since the ADA885 also has a Digital Coaxial input, I fed it the output from my antique Pioneer DV-343 DVD Player. At full volume, with the A/C running, my wife couldn't hear her TMC movie from ~10 feet away. I had to turn the Surrounds into Stereo X 2 and place one next to her rocking chair for her to hear the show.

Maybe you could enlighten, or point me to a good site to read about the (as perceived by me!) deficiencies of TOSLink / Coaxial vs "Old School" Analog Audio.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. smile.gif

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