I’ve been asked this a lot, and there’s only one answer that allows you to use the Television digital output. There’s an adapter you can get at Monoprice.com (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10423&cs_id=1042302&p_id=6884&seq=1&format=2) that converts the digital outputs to analog output. They are very hard to come by, but this device allows you to connect newer Digital devices to older/legacy equipment that doesn’t have digital inputs.
The process is simple for connection as well – you connect the digital cable from your TV’s output to the adapter, then connect an analog (white and red) cable from the output side of the adapter and connect that to the AUX input on your stereo device. That’s it.
I hope you found this helpful!
The simple answer is Yes. The fun part though is finding the best way to do it. I’ve done this for parties and Super Bowl Watching for a block party. Its not difficult to do, and can be a lot of fun.
If you’re dealing with TWO Dolby Digital Systems its very simple. Connect the main system up as usual, and then if the system has an OPTICAL OUTPUT, you can connect that to your other system if it has an OPTICAL INPUT. Depending on the brand of the main unit it may pass Dolby Digital sound out to the other receiver, or it may just pass stereo – then the other system can do a simulation for surround.
Another option if you don’t have the optical output is to simply run a set of analog audio cables (white and red) from the output of one system to the input on the other.
I’ve done both and it works great either way. Plus its fun to show off your 10.2 sound system when friends come over. Just make sure to keep the area well ventilated!
Hope this helps,
There’s a few different ways to go about doing this – but it depends on the quality that you are after.
1. For the best picture – you will need to hook up the TVs to an HDMI Splitter. One cable will come out of the Blu-Ray player, and then the splitter will have an output to each of the TVs. This will give both TVs the absolute best picture – if they have HDMI that is. You can get the splitter and the cables for the best price at http://www.monoprice.com.
2. Another way to do it is to hook up one TV with an HDMI cable, and the other with Component Video cables. The Blu-Ray player will have both outputs. The only downside to this, is that one TV will have Full HD Video, and the other will have 480p (DVD quality picture).
3. Another option is to use a component video splitter, and hook it up the same way as I mentioned in step one. You can get long component video cables, and splitters at the website mentioned above (http://www.monoprice.com).
That’s the easiest ways to do it. I have an HDMI splitter so that when we have a bunch of people over to watch the superbowl or whatever, I’ll take two TVs out to the garage and split the signal to both from my cable box.
Hope that helps.
If the TV has an audio output that is where the transmitter for the wireless headphones will be connected. If your TV doesn’t have an audio output then your other options will be to use either a stereo VCR, Cable Box, or Satellite box. Depending on what is connected to the TV, one of the listed components will have an audio output. If you use cable or satellite and have a box, they have an audio output. Basically just connect the headphones to the output on the back of the box and you’ll be good. If you don’t have either, but happen to have a VCR connected to it, then just connect the transmitter to the audio output on the VCR and when you want to use the headphones just turn on the VCR, sound will come through it and you’ll be good there too.
Hope this helps.
The easiest way to do it is to utilize an RF Modulator. They are available from $10 – $30 depending on how many items you think you may need it for. The purpose of the device is to convert Audio/Video outputs (yellow, white, and red cables) to a coaxial connection on older televisions. Basically all you do is connect the cables from your DVD player into this device and then run a coax cable from it into your television, then put your TV on CH 3 to watch a DVD movie. Some people get confused by these because they already have a cable going to the coaxial jack on the back of the TV. Not to worry. The RF modulator will have an input for that connection as well. So you will connect your DVD player with the Audio/Video Cables, then connect your Cable Box (or VCR or Satellite or whatever else was connected to that jack originally) to the coaxial input on the RF modulator. Then you will have one cable going from the RF modulator to the TV. When you want to watch a DVD turn the TV on to channel 3, and hit play. When not watching a movie you just turn off the DVD player.
I hope this helped.
The one drawback to digital cable boxes is that the digital coax out is normally just set to stereo output. They don’t broadcast much in 5.1 except for through a fiber optic output, its actually rare to find a digital cable box with a digital coax out. My old box did and I had the same problem, when I contacted the cable company about it (Comcast) they told me that was all it provided and the Dolby Digital logo was on the box but not supported by them. But if I went to an HD Box it was. I have since switched to DirecTV, but that’s another story. Off of a digital cable box, you’re best best is fiber optic if available because most of the digital coax outputs are only set for stereo. You can put your 816 in Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx mode and it will simulate surround sound, but not true surround. You may want to contact your cable company about getting a box with a fiber optic output on it, that could alleviate everything.
Hope that helps.