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Samsung Digital Optical Audio cable

by bcjo / June 15, 2009 5:54 AM PDT

#1: I am trying to set up HT-TZ322 with LN46B530 and Blu-Ray 1600 and Motorola 505 Sat box. After many attempts to get Any+net working, I see I need to have a digital optical audio cable. I was sold a Fiber Optic Audio Cable (Philips) but I suspect it isn't what I need. Phoned the Samsung support line but they don't have technicians there! I am hoping I'm at the right place for advice.

#2: I have all of the above connected via HDMI cables to the TV and am not getting TV/Sat sound from HT - will the optical cable resolve this problem? All advice appreciated, thanks.

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Samsung Digital Optical Audio cable
by _jr_ / June 15, 2009 7:25 AM PDT

bcjo:

If I understand correctly you have made the following connections:

SAT -> HDMI -> TV
BDP -> HDMI -> TV
HT -> HDMI -> TV

It appears you don't have SAT or BDP connected to your HT, so you will get no sound from those sources coming out of your HT speakers.

For your HT Receiver, since it only has one OPT IN, an optical cable will help you get sound out of one additional source - either BDP or SAT, but not both.

There is a way to get sound from both BDP and SAT coming though the HT, but it will not be true 5.1 surround - it will most likely be Dolby Pro Logic II generated by your HT receiver.

_jr_

PS You don't need OPT cable for AnyNet+.a

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Samsung Digital Optical Audio cable reply to _jr_
by bcjo / June 15, 2009 9:23 AM PDT

_jr_:
Ok so OPT from either SAT or BDP to HT will give me the 5.1 sound. I thought the HDMI would take care of audio & video! What set up would you advise for all of these for best sound? I could switch OPT each time but that would be a pain. Thx for your ideas.
bcjo

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Samsung Digital Optical Audio cable
by _jr_ / June 15, 2009 1:09 PM PDT

HDMI does carry both Audio and Video, but your HT would have to have an HDMI IN connector, which it does not have.

Instead, in your case, HDMI carries Audio and Video from your components to your TV, only.

So you must find a way to pipe that digital sound into your HT somehow, and this is where OPT comes in.

Unfortunately, your HT only has one Audio input - the OPT IN.
Therefore, unless you want to use your TV speakers, audio from all the other components (SAT, BDP, and even analog sources) must come into the HT via OPT IN.

There is nothing else there on the back, if I am not mistaken - no more Audio INs.

An easy way to get things going, albeit not the best, is to connect the OPT OUT on the TV to the OPT IN on the HT, while keeping the components connected to your TV via HDMI, as per your original post. Then the audio from SAT, BDP, and even ANTENNA-IN will be coming into the HT receiver. The downside is that BDP and SAT 5.1 audio signal will be converted to stereo as it exits the OPT OUT.

Your receiver will then try to generate 5.1 Surround out of the 2-channel audio using Dolby ProLogic-II, and you *will* get sound out of all your 5.1 speakers, but it is not the same as true 5.1, obviously...

If you connect BDP or SAT to OPT IN on your HT, you will by tying up your only Audio IN on the HT, and then the other source (SAT or BDP, respectively) will have to be enjoyed through TV speakers.

There are inexpensive mechanical Optical Switches for ~ US$10, as well as electronic switches with remotes for ~US$40 that allow you to expand the audio IN capacity of your HT, from 1 to 3 OPT IN. That will get around your audio Input limitations.

I used to have the mechanical one. I didn't like it much, as all my components were in this enclosed AV cabinet, and everytime I wanted to select another Audio source, I'd have to stick my hand in, then grope around in the dark for the switch, and then remember which way it was supposed to go to select, say, DVD-2, etc...

Just search for Optical Switch or Optical Source Selector.

I hope this helps...

_jr_

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Home theatre setup dilemma
by kezz51294 / October 24, 2009 10:30 PM PDT

Hi trying to sort out problem. Am still new in the HDMI and "new" systems and not well versed. Have a LA46B650. Friend bought me a Sony DAV-DZ590K (nothing i can do about that now). Need to know how to get digital sound from LA46B650 to DAV - using optical does not seem to work. Also, in future if I get a BluRay DVD player, how should I set this up with the current system... if possible?? Thanks

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