can't get audio via optical port

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I am using a comcast hd digital box, a DVD player as a receiver, a Magnavox
plasma TV and an Altec Lansing home theater. I'm getting good sound from the
DVD player through the speakers. For TV, I need to get the audio feed from
the cable box into the dvd, then out to the speakers. I was told by the guy
at Best Buy that I need to use an optical cable from the optical port on the
cable box to the optical port on the dvd. When I do this, I still get no
sound from the cable box to the speakers. I figured there is a setting on
the cable box to choose the audio out source, but there is not. I know I'm
getting audio out of the two (red, white) rca ports on the cable box,
because when I hook them direct to the plasma, I have sound out the TV
speakers. So I call Comcast and the customer service rep tells me to hit
menu twice on the channel changer to get to settings and there is an option
to choose the audio source, but there is not. I read down all the choices
and he was literally surprised that my choices and the choices on whatever
he was looking at were different. So he can't figure out how to help me
because I'm supposed to have choices I don't. So he asks a techie what to do
and he says the setting must be on the DVD player. I told him I'd keep
playing with it and see what I came up with but actually I saw I was wasting
my time and knew that someone here could (I hope) help me. Any suggestions?




Re: can't get audio via optical port


Mark Corbelli wrote:
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Hi,
Do you see a red light shining at the end of optical cable(Toslink) when
you plug it into cable box? If you do, most likely you have an output
signal. When plug it into DVD player, there must be a menu option to
select the source of audio; DVD or optical input jack. You have to
select optical input.
Investing in an a/v receiver to handle all audio need may be a good idea.
Good luck,
Tony


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I went down to Comcast today and the optical out port on the back of the
cable box is always "hot". Apparently, the optical port on the back of the
DVD is also an audio "out" so the optical connection won't work. There
doesn't appear to be any alternate way to get audio into the DVD player
other than from within the DVD itself. So I am relegated to purchasing
additional equipment, like a receiver. So I guess now I'll be using four
remotes instead of just three? Sheesh!




Re: can't get audio via optical port


Mark Corbelli wrote:
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Hi,
So you have two output connector at both end which won't work.
How about investing in an a/v amp? Even for 100.00, you can get pretty
good one from eBay. My old Yamaha HTR-5650 was decent one with digital
coax and optical inputs.
Tony


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Yes, I'll try that. As long as the Altec Lansing speakers I bought will
work.  They connect via a R and L RCA jack off my DVD player.
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Re: can't get audio via optical port


I just hooked up optical via my Time Warner cable box. Optical or coaxial
audio only works on the DIGITAL channels.



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Re: can't get audio via optical port


You need to connect from your cable box to your audio receiver, not your DVD
player.

"Mark Corbelli" <corbellicrewatcomcastdotnet> wrote in message
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