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Connecting my home theater system to my TV?

Hi guys, not really a tech savy, so please be gentle
I own a SAMSUNG UE32J4500AW Smart TV and a PHILIPS HOME THEATER SYSTEM HTS3357
The TV has 2 HDMI ports and 1 optical, but the HTS doesn't have an optical port. Now, I can watch the typical TV channels and the sound comes from speakers just fine, but when I try watching in-built TV apps( like Youtube or Netflix) the sound only comes from the in-built speakers, not from my home theather system.How should I make the connections, and what cables should I use?Please, if possible, explain it so I could understand it, again, I'm not a tech savy
P.S. Just to be clear, I want to watch Netflix or Youtube or things like that on my TV, but with the sound coming from my HTS. Thank you!

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Bad news.

In reply to: Connecting my home theater system to my TV?

Page 18 of https://www.download.p4c.philips.com/files/h/hts3357_12/hts3357_12_dfu_eng.pdf shows this only has a STEREO input which is ANALOG and requires RCA jacks.

So you won't be getting all you expect but hey, we work with what you got.

The TV has Optical but why didn't you try SCART first?

http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201511/20151111163447348/ENG-NMDVBEU-1.110.pdf DOES NOT TELL US IF YOUR MODEL HAS THE HEADPHONE JACK so moving on.

If your model has the headphone jack you rustle up a headphone to RCA cable and done.
If not you order up an OPTICAL TO STEREO convertor box (there are some hundred models so I never pick those) then be sure to set the TV to STEREO or PCM and wire that up.

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Yeah, really

In reply to: Bad news.

Unfortunately, it does not have the headphone jack, my problem would have been solved by now, but what makes it even weirder is that you have provided me the 4th different answer I got today.It is so frustrating!!
Anyways, a user on another forum suggested I should just buy a converter, like this one
https://www.amazon.com/Whizzotech-Toslink-Optical-Converter-sampling/dp/B01E8C1XDI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1545344142&sr=8-5&keywords=toslink+coax
and do this thing
TV ---- (Optical cable) ---> Converter -----(RCA cable)-----> HT
shouldn't this work technically?

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Why the answers can differ.

In reply to: Yeah, really

Look at the Samsung site on that model and the PDF and it was UNCLEAR if it had the phone jack or not. But there is that SCART jack which gives us another possible option.

As to your last question, that is how you solve the usual Optical to Analog stereo link. The thing is, you have to look around in the TV and sometimes the HDMI sources to set the audio to Stereo or PCM. If you don't you may get nothing or odd decoding.

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Okay,so

In reply to: Why the answers can differ.

You're saying that what the other user said is what I should do, but to look around in the audio settings as well?
I've already did that, and I'm sure I can set the audio to stereo, directly or just resetting the TV
Thanks a lot for your advice, it really helped me..I wish you a very happy Christmas!!

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Yes. That is one of the common solutions.

In reply to: Okay,so

Here I went and looked at the manuals and came away with possible no convertor needed answers. One is dead since there is no headphone jack and the other is SCART which looked to be on both products.

The optical convertor solution is something you'll see many times.

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