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Major AV Newbie here, and I have a fairly simple question that I need help with before I start purchasing cables that I don't need or that won't work. Please bare with my lack of savviness (terminology) as I try to lay out my situation as simply as possible...

Preface:

Not only am I poor, but my equipment is all older (2+ years) and low end.

Ultimate Goal:

To have my PC Media Center deliver sound through my Home Theater (picture already works through 15 pin HD D-Sub).

My Question(s):

Is there a cable that I can purchase to connect from my PC Media Center's SPDIF Coaxial Out (ORANGE), into my television's available RCA Audio Line In (RED and WHITE), so that when I'm using my VGA input ( 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) for the picture... sound will be delivered from my Media Center? I'm not worried so much about losing sound quality, just don't want to buy anything I don't need.

Model #'s (please don't poke fun at my cheap equipment):

Television: Insignia NS-42pdp

Home Theater: JVC THC5

PC Media Center: HP Pavilion Elite m9077c

Current Setup:

I thought I'd list everything available, including connections in-use, so that you can offer suggestions for change if needed.

TV Connections Currently In-Use:

1 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A) = Signal from Digital Cable Box

1 x Component video input ( RCA phono x 3) = Xbox 360

1 x Component video input ( RCA phono x 3) = Home Theater (DVD Changer)

1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3) = Wii

1 x VGA input ( 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) = PC Media Center

1 x SPDIF output ( TOS Link) = Audio Out to Home Theater

TV Connections Currently Available:

1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3)

1 x Audio line-in ( Mini-phone 3.5 mm),

1 x Serial ( 9 pin D-Sub),

2 x Audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2),

1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3),

1 x Headphones ( Mini-phone 3.5 mm),

1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN)

Home Theater Currently In-Use:

1 x SPDIF input (TOS Link) - In from TV

1 x Component video output (RCA phono x 3) - Out to TV for DVD picture

Home Theater Currently Available:

2 x AV Compu Link- III (Mini- phone 3. 5 mm)

1 x Audio line- in (RCA phono x 2)

1 x Composite video input (RCA phono)

1 x Composite video output (RCA phono)

1 x S- Video output (4 pin mini- DIN)

1 x S- Video input (4 pin mini- DIN)

PC Media Center Audio Ports:

SPDIF out (coaxial) One

SPDIF in One

Audio (side speaker out, rear speaker out, center speaker out, line-in, line-out, microphone) One Each - All are 3.5mm (headphone size).


Thanks in advance for taking the time to read all of this!

-Ryan Mac
 

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You won't be able to connect the digital coaxial connection to the analog input to your TV. Since you don't have an optical digital out connection on your computer, you'll either need to use a 3.5 adapter to dual RCA or the 3.5 input on your receiver. I don't know much about 3.5 inputs on receivers so I couldn't tell you which one is preferable.


The headphone to RCA Y adapter can be had on the cheap from monoprice
 

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Originally Posted by datgai /forum/post/14198068


you'll either need to use a 3.5 adapter to dual RCA or the 3.5 input on your receiver.

Thanks for your solution... I completely omitted the 3.5 adapter from the equation... but that'll work perfect! I think I even have a 3.5 to dual RCA, in one of my many boxes of cables.


Thanks again!
 
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