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Old 06-17-2011, 09:07 PM - Thread Starter
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hi,

I have search through this forum for similar posts.. saw some similar... but nothing exactly like mine... I needed some tips..

I have a Panasonic TC-P54G25 which as the following back panel connections
(see attachment)

I have the following Cables to Go cable... (attached)


The 2.1 Computer Speakers have a 3.5mm Stereo connector.

I tried connection with the above, but did not get sound from the computer speakers... is there a setting which needs to be changed?

Where exactly on the back panel do I connect? (I think I have it right.. just double checking)

Or do I need to convert TOSLINK optical digital to analog??

Please kindly advise...
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I see no analog audio outputs, you'll need a DAC if that's the case; something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Audio-...8393547&sr=8-1

If you only have one source connected to the TV (like a Blu-ray player), you can connect your speakers directly to the source and bypass the TV.
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I have a PS3 and then I have my Cox cable box connected via HDMI cables.

Is that link from amazon basically a optical digital to analog converter? Will I need any other cables or connectors???
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who else makes these converters?
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Everything that has a tos-link on one side, RCA analog on the other side, and says "converter" on it....

Will work.

The difference will be...

How good are these speakers? Can you use a crappy one...or would you prefer a good one?

If you want overkill....there is this one....
http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Fideli...408580&sr=1-24
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I plan to use harman kardon speakers... I think they were about $200.
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If I were you, I'd pick up the Gefen previously linked. It gets rave reviews, but it isn't cheap.

You could(depending where you buy them) just get two of them. A good one, and a $35 one.

Only you can decide if you need the better one. Try two of them, if you can't tell a difference, return the expensive one.

I bought one, years ago, to just keep around.

Side note. If you are receiving HD 5.1, you need a DAC capable of downmix(which even that Gefen at $55 can't do).

And I already did your homework for you, no this isn't the cheapest...but it is the best for its price(even a "cheap" 5.1 downmix DAC is $80)...
http://www.amazon.com/Gefen-GTV-DD-2...8418156&sr=8-1
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Originally Posted by chrislawson View Post

I have a PS3 and then I have my Cox cable box connected via HDMI cables.

Is that link from amazon basically a optical digital to analog converter? Will I need any other cables or connectors???

You'll need the digital to analog converter, and the cables you already have - connect the RCA to TRS adapter to the RCA outputs, and your speakers to the TRS output from that adapter.

Set your players for PCM downmix output where possible, if you have Dolby that you can't deal with you'll need the more expensive Geffen that schan mentioned, but if you leave things set to bitstream you'll encounter DTS signals from Blu-ray (and optionally DVD) that none of the devices discussed here will deal with.
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