Samsung Smart TV - Audio Workaround?

Nov 24, 2017 4:33PM PST

Hey - long shot question here. Thanks in advance for your time.

Just bought a Samsung Ultra HD Smart TV (MU6290). Only has an optical audio out. I want to run it to my 80s Yamaha receiver, like I did with my previous TV (which had variable RCA audio outs). The receiver is old, as mentioned, as has no remote control capabilities of its own. I have a optical/RCA converter box, so no issue getting the audio to the receiver.

My problem is that the optical audio out is fixed, so I cannot use the TV remote to control the TV volume, as I could with the previous TV. I would connect to the aux in, set the volume on the receiver at about 50%, and use the TV remote to control raising/lowering the volume within that 50% with no issue. With the optical out being fixed, I no longer have that capability.

Would it work, you think, if I got an HDMI audio extractor, extracted the audio to 2 channel RCA outs, hooked up the RCA to the receiver, plugged the HDMI out into the TV for video, and left the audio setting on TV speakers? Would it "trick" the TV into thinking the sound was going through the TV speakers and allow me to raise/lower volume settings with the TV remote, and would that in turn affect the extracted volume? Or would it just laugh at me and say, "nice try, dummy?"

I don't want to get a new receiver and I don't want to get off my lazy behind to adjust the volume like it's 1982 all over again. And of course the TV speakers are the worst option of the three. Anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks for your time.

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Sorry no.
Nov 25, 2017 8:40AM PST

The audio extractor will peel off the audio and it's just digital so no volume settings are there. In fact in the digital system, it's just the audio and not volume adjusted as that's up to what plays it.

Be aware I know what you want but no system off the shelf will do this.

HOWEVER if you write code and more I have to show an exit. This is not for the timid or those that want to pay for a solution. Consider this. Some Raspberry Pi board with the IR module to decode and take action for volume changes and that controls the audio level either by more boards or by TRANSCODING the Samsung remote commands to what your Yamaha remote expects.

I think you know the usual fixes which fall short on the single control but I wanted to share an exit where, well, techy but possible.

-> Be sure to check out the Logitech Harmony Home system.

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Extigy
Feb 1, 2018 11:07AM PST

Just picked up a ln46c650 in pretty much perfect shape for? $75 bucks lol.. But no var out found this ancient obsolete unit that solves it (no windows) but it works standalone has a bunch of input/outs and an ir remote, $20/$30 off ebay.
Finally--a remote for your PC

The remote that comes with the Extigy is a godsend, even though it controls only Creative Labs' own software. It displays volume bars and song titles in large text that can be read from across the room. It also makes your computer feel more like a TV since you can adjust volume from the couch.

The Extigy adds a laundry list of input and output jacks to your desktop. On the front, you'll find an optical (TOSLINK) in, an optical out, a line in, a mike in with hardware-level control, and a line/headphones out with hardware-volume control. The back panel houses a USB jack, a MIDI in, a MIDI out, an S/PDIF in, an S/PDIF out, and three jacks for outputting Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (front, rear, and center/subwoofer). With all of these ins and outs, you can connect pretty much any audio device to the Extigy--and we did.

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