Originally Posted by DA1745
"Send the TV’s audio to external audio equipment via the Audio Output port.
If you want to enjoy digital broadcasting through 5.1-channel speakers, connect the OPTICAL DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT terminal on the back of TV to a Home Theater (or amp)." That's from my 32 LD550's manual. I don't want to assume it because they don't come right out and say it... but does that mean that if I input a signal from HDMI from say a Blu-Ray player (playing a 5.1 or better Blu-Ray) that my LD550 will send 5.1 out the optical from the TV?No, only OTA or Cable reception through the TV tuner will pass 5.1 via TV toslink. This is thanks to the HDCP protocol the "industry" feels it needs to enforce so video/audio can;t be copied to another device.
I'm looking at some configuration options for using older and something new I just bought.
Also does it mean that if I use O.T.A. or cable TV input to the TV directly via HDMI and the broadcast is sending 5.1 programming that it will send that out the optical or does it downmix it to stereo? As stated above. If 5.1 is broadcast and received via the internal TV tuner the TV will ouptut 5.1 when available.
Maybe I better ask it this way.
I just got another clearance HTIB This time it's a Samsung HT-C5500/XXA
. The unfortunate thing is & I knew this b4 I bought it, is the U.S. model has NO HDMI inputs and only (1) Toslink/optical input.
I'm going to split my time between O.T.A & Cable[The internal TV tuner can be configured to recieve both OTA and Cable. Unless there is some other reason you do not want to use the internal Cable tuner function. It does require a scan of both OTA and cable channels , plus use of the Channel Edit option in the TV Menu. You can use a simple signal splitter/combiner to do this.]
--> and I'm looking at getting a Ceton or Silicon Dust Cable Card tuner this winter (so I'd have optical out or HDMI from the graphics card for sound that way).
So if I use my LG 32LD550 will the TV will export the O.T.A & the Cable Boxes' signal back out the optical to the Samsung HT-C5500 in 5.1 (when available) bc that would be perfect. I could use that system in another area (or gift it for X-mas too???)
Otherwise, I could run optical out the cable box into the HTIB - I could even switch off between doing that & the TV for (O.T.A.) depending on which source I'm using though that would get old so I'd likely get maybe a monoprice 3x1 optical switch and then go between the two if the TV won't send out 5.1 via Optical.