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Old 04-05-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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best way to connect optical audio cable


Well i have a home theater system/dvd. It only has one digital optical input. I have a blu-ray that I need to connect to the home theater system. However I also have a digitial optical audio output from the tv. 98% of the time I'll need the signal frm the blu-ray and not the tv but...here's my question. I can either go blu-ray to home theater OR TV to home theater, assuming all the sounds from the blu-ray will pass through tv and back to home theater, 5.1 included. What is the best approach (no splitter please). If I route all sound through TV and out to home theater, am I loosing anything?

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How are you getting picture from the blu-ray player to the TV? Are you using HDMI? Does your home-theater reciever have HDMI inputs (it sounds like not)?

Depending on answers to these questions, I would run your blu-ray to the TV and sound from the TV to the theater system. You may need to ensure that your TV settings are correct for this, but I would expect this to work beautifully. That is the beauty of digital signals.....no losses.

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thanks - yeah blu-ray to tv hdmi so I'll just bring everything out from the tv - wanted to make sure it still carried the 5.1 through the tv - thanks.
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A side benefit to this is that you can use the sound system for watching broadcast TV. If you recieve any ATSC/QAM signals, then the digital audio signal goes through the optical cable and you get the nice sound.
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