Originally Posted by MichaelZ
I tried the monprice box awhile back and it does NOT transcode. I tried a roku 3 with the monprice device and it only sent dd+ and hdpvr2 sound was buzzing and clicking just like it does when hdpvr2 receives the same audio signal directly from roku 3. Only decent solution is use the amazon fire tv 1 and set the audio to dd and it works over hdmi or optical. Last time I check the roku 3 does output dd when play hbo now programs - they are encoded using ac3 and the hdpvr2 works perfectly with them.
Look back on my posts when I first started having issues, you'll see that even setting the Fire TV (1st gen) to DD over Optical, I still got audio that was nothing but screech and hiss (unless it was stereo audio)... and that is why I got the monoprice box in the first place. And I had similar results with HDMI audio from the 1st and 2nd gen Fire TV's I have into my HD PVR2, or optical from the 1st gen Fire TV into my Pioneer Elite VSX21 (circa 1999 which supported DD5.1/DTS).
I've said that I read it had worked for others (with Fire TV and Roku, with sound bars and receivers that didn't appear to support DD+ and also had the symptom of screeching audio). That is why I tried it, and yes it worked *FORM ME*. BUT i've never said I tried it with anything beyond my Fire TV's and my Pioneer receiver and HD PVR2.
I never did understand WHY it worked, or how it worked, or why I needed it to get working 5.1 audio. I just knew that it worked for me.
I apologize if it came across as if I was saying "THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM, AND WILL DEFINITELY FIX IT" because it is a case of "Your Mileage May Vary." I mean, when I first asked about the audio issue, or asked about something like the Monoprice box, many people have said/post I shouldn't need the Monoprice box. It should just work, etc.