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Old 01-04-2011, 01:58 PM
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Default Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

Alrighty, so I got a new TV and had almost everything set-up when I go to plug in the surround sound. Only problem is there are no RCA plugs. So the only option I thought I had was the 3.5 audio out that I saw. So I went out and bought a 3.5 to RCA adapter. My only issue with this is, I am going from a 3.5 jack to a 5.1 system. I just do not feel that I am getting the true surround sound from this. Then I noticed the other jack afterwards right below called an optical. I also have this option on my reciever. I have found some info but nothing concrete. So thought I would ask here if anyone else uses the optical audio port and what they think? Does it retain the surround sound to it? Meaning, I am watching a movie and there is a car coming from the right and I hear it coming from the right, not all around me.

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Old 01-06-2011, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

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Old 01-06-2011, 04:56 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

My parents surround sound system uses an optical cable. I can't really compare it to anything since it's only been used with an optical cable, but it works just like a surround sound system should work. If a car is coming from the right you hear it from the right.

Also don't forget that not everything on TV supports surround sound,.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:12 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

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My parents surround sound system uses an optical cable. I can't really compare it to anything since it's only been used with an optical cable, but it works just like a surround sound system should work. If a car is coming from the right you hear it from the right.

Also don't forget that not everything on TV supports surround sound,.
yeah i just recently got a 40" led samsung and a 5.1 sony surround sound in my room and i went with the optical option and like Tom said when the surround sound is supported by the show (very rare in my case cus i only have cable.. gettin satelite or whatever when i go to college next year..) it works great
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:23 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

Your 3.5 to rca can only give you 2 channels. Your sound system can get sound to all five boxes, but it'll still be a 2ch source.

I don't know which tv set you got, but my bravia2 gives out a dolby digital 5.1 signal from optical.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:29 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

awesome guys. exactly what I was looking for. I was pretty sure I was only getting 2 channels on the rca but was not 100% sure. Guess I will spend a few bucks on an optical. my tv better damn well support 5.1...ill check real quick.

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hmm...nothing about the sound support...but i would assume it does. only a few bucks for the cable on amazon...so guess ill get it.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:49 PM
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awesome guys. exactly what I was looking for. I was pretty sure I was only getting 2 channels on the rca but was not 100% sure. Guess I will spend a few bucks on an optical. my tv better damn well support 5.1...ill check real quick.

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hmm...nothing about the sound support...but i would assume it does. only a few bucks for the cable on amazon...so guess ill get it.
the tv most likely does but the programs might not depending on what kind of signal your getting. i get basic old cable from back when the dinosaurs were around so most of my stuff doesnt support it but if you have the new satellite or comcast digital or cox high def stuff or whatever then u should be good
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

yea have the HD crapola and a new PS3...nothing like hearing bullets come from behind ya...
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:39 PM
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yea have the HD crapola and a new PS3...nothing like hearing bullets come from behind ya...
yeah thats what i love so much about mine.. video games are thousands times better with surround sound haha. and 360 ftw
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:32 PM
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awesome guys. exactly what I was looking for. I was pretty sure I was only getting 2 channels on the rca but was not 100% sure. Guess I will spend a few bucks on an optical. my tv better damn well support 5.1...ill check real quick.

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hmm...nothing about the sound support...but i would assume it does. only a few bucks for the cable on amazon...so guess ill get it.
You could always post the exact model here. Not all units have an integrated dolby digital decoder. When i bought my tv, it was one of the rare, haven't looked at the more recent ones.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:44 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

Pretty sure it is this model:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+...=1218175548270

Bought the cord...cost $3 or so with free shipping.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:57 PM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

Well it says DD, so i guess it rocks those 5.1 channels!

Nice tv btw.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:32 AM
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Default Re: Home Theater Sound Options, 3.5/RCA v. Optical

Awesome! Now I am stoked for that cable to get here and then get some free time for some black ops...


Thanks! Been wanting a large and in charge TV for awhile...can't beat 3 year no interest to pay it off either.
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