Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

3157 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 887


Topic # 115396 24-Mar-2013 19:33
Send private message

A friend just bought a new TV and wants to set it up with their existing surround sound so the TV sound plays through surround speakers. The TV is this:

and the surround sound is this:

It appears that if the TV supports ARC (not clear to me whether it does from the manual) but they would need to plug an hdmi cable from HT to HDMI2 on the TV then turn on "Anylink+" and then go into Receiver menu and enable ARC.  Unfortunately when I get them to try this, the Receiver option under Anylink says it is not available.  So I suspect the home theatre + TV doesn't support ARC?   I'm trying to help them over the phone so a bit of a pain, but they think the old TV and this home theatre pack just needed a single HDMI cable, so sounds like that supported ARC?

Apparently they talked to someone in Dick Smiths who told them they would need an optical cable to connect TV out to Home Theatre and sold them a toslink cable.  Unfortunately the HT doesn't seem to have an optical input...    though it does have a coax digital input I think.

Anybody have any recommendations for connecting them?  Since they now have the toslink cable I thought maybe a "S/PDIF Coaxial Digital Audio to Toslink Optical Adaptor" from jaycar? Or would there be better options? 

Create new topic
3348 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 452

  Reply # 786380 24-Mar-2013 20:07
Send private message

Hopefully they didn't buy the TV and home theatre from the same store... not knowing the connectivity issues is pretty poor.
Philips seem to be big on the coax connectivity, and most TV manufacturers use optical. So it looks like an adapter is key.

3157 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 887


  Reply # 786384 24-Mar-2013 20:14
Send private message

The home theatre they already had and have had for a few years I think. So they've just bought the TV and are trying to hook it up to the existing home theatre setup. I'm just confused as to how they were using the home theatre with only hdmi with their old TV, suggesting it does do ARC? Maybe they're not remembering right.

So you think the adaptor is probably the best option?

1926 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 126

  Reply # 786403 24-Mar-2013 20:32
Send private message

Just browsing the Manual online for their HT indicates it doesn't have ARC. It says in the FAQs "if you want to hear audio from your Tv you must use the analogue or co-ax digital inputs". Also, "for TVs with optical out you will need an optical to co-ax converter".

3348 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 452

  Reply # 786410 24-Mar-2013 21:01
Send private message

Older TV's had RCA outputs, the only current TV's with this seem to be the Panasonic's...

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40

Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36

Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16

PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45

Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40

Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04

N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08

Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03

Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27

Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13

Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00

Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12

Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52 to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34

Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.