Originally posted by sm46
I was wondering if anyone had used their plasma as a center channel.
My reciever has one preamp out for the center channel for this purpose- but the TV has one input each for the left and right speakers.
Is there some sort of a splitter which can be used? I so where can I get it?
I don't know why more manufacturers don't provide for this. (Sony does on its KE42M1.)
You could use a female to two male "Y" connector. It should be okay with external audio sources, but I doubt it would work with the internal tuner. I'm unaware of any way to use an external sound input together with the tuner.
Even if you succeeded, I suspect you'd create a bad feedback loop if you tried, as (on the 25U at least) the tuner feeds the TV's internal amp whenever the tuner is selected and the built-in speakers are active. Maybe there is a way to make it work (I'm an audio hobbyist, not an EE) but turn the volume way down if you try.
Again assuming the 50U is like the 25U in regard to feeding the internal and external amps simultaneously, a more likely workaround would be to use the built-in speakers "normally" with the tuner to provide the center channel while your receiver feeds the other 4.1 channels. Not pure center channel sound, but probably usable.
"Y" connectors are available anywhere interconnect cables are sold.