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Digital stereo audio to 'old analog stereo'?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by chas, Aug 24, 2012.

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  1. chas

    chas Guest

    Is there an adapter one can purchase so one can use older stereo equipment
    with a new flat screen digital TV? My new TV only has 'digital audio out',
    a single plug that I imagine is a 3 conductor type, but I'm guessing.
    .. . . .any enlightenmet on this I would sure appreciate. . ..thanks chas.
  2. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Has it got a headphone output jack as well? Most do. If so for that
    there is a simple adapter. (1/8" mini stereo plug to 2x RCA plug - $2-6
    or higher if you want to be ripped off - there's always someone willing
    to rip you off in the audio market.)

    The digital out is (IIRC) just two conductors carrying a datastream. The
    "adapter' for it would be something that reads the datastream and has
    digital to audio converters. Which is halfway to a new receiver, so I
    doubt there's anything cost effective in an adapter, due to volume (many
    more receivers made than adapters, economies of scale, etc.)
  3. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Or, some of them have optical digital out - ie, it's (cheap plastic)
    fiber optic datastream...
  4. Guest

    No, it's cheaper to buy a TV that meets your needs.
  5. chas

    chas Guest

    eBay #160855547898
    .. . . .take a look at the above auction site number. Looks to good to be
    true. $15.00 +/-.
    .. . . .chas
  6. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    ** Does your TV set output 2 ch LPCM ( linear pulse code modulation) ?

    Not many do and that is the only kind of digital signal the above unit it
    works with.

    Most TVs will output a compressed digital signal containing up to 5.1 audio

    This is what a "digital receiver" expects to see arriving at the optical or
    co-axial input.

    .... Phil
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