Looking for some help with sound setup of my new rogers ignite box. Had the engineer over last week to install and he instantly stepped away when he noticed that I had an optical cable connecting my current rogers Nextbox and my Pioneer VSX-820 receiver (Optical In 1: CD-R Tape Input). I also have an optical cable connecting my receiver (Optical In 2) to the Digital Audio Out port. I have multiple HDMI connections (Samsung TV 7100, Apple TV, Blue-ray player, PS3) However, not sure how I'm supposed to now get audio now that I have no option to connect an optical cable to the new ignite box. I've tried moving the optical connections around (In 1 for TV and 2 for cable box) but this disconnects the sound. Wondering if I need to try with AV cables, play with input signal settings on receiver, or some other solution I've not even thought about!
Any advice on this very much appreciated before the engineer returns next week and I still don't have a solution! 😉
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Why can't you use HDMI from Ignite box to AVR? Your TV should be using the AVR's HDMI output, so you should have one more HDMI input if I counted your devices properly.
If you're out of HDMI inputs on the AVR you could perhaps purchase some sort of external HDMI switch that would allow you to feed more HDMI devices than you have AVR inputs. Or you could use an optical output from one of your 4 devices that currently use HDMI and feed that device's video signal directly to the TV via HDMI. Of course you'd need to set up the audio menu for that device properly so that it would use the Optical Output for audio instead of HDMI. You'd also then need to "tell" the AVR to use the optical input for that device instead of HDMI. I believe the PS3 should allow for that.
Another option may be to run HDMI directly to the TV from the Ignite box and an optical cable from the TV to the AVR. You would need to turn the "external speakers" on in the TV's audio menu so that the signal goes out that optical cable. Most newer TVs will allow you to "passthrough" the audio signal from the HDMI in to the optical output. Obviously if you do this you'll need to switch inputs on the TV as well as on the AVR.
Here's an FAQ on DD5.1 that may help - read the bolded part.
I have no idea what you mean when you say:
"I had an optical cable connecting my current rogers Nextbox and my Pioneer VSX-820 receiver (Optical In 1: CD-R Tape Input). I also have an optical cable connecting my receiver (Optical In 2) to the Digital Audio Out port."
Why wouldn't you only have one Optical cable from the Nextbox output to an optical input on the AVR?
Your title also states "Optical input" on rogers ignite. There are no inputs on Rogers boxes, only outputs. Please don't confuse outputs and inputs.
@Marcus2323 : Although that will work for most TVs and for DD5.1 audio, it doesn't allow for HD audio like you would get from a PS3 or BD player. (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-MA). For that you would need to connect directly from those devices to the AVR.
Also, a lot of newer TVs don't have that many HDMI inputs...
I just got new Ignite box today and realized there is no optical output.😫
Unfortunately my Yamaha HTR5750 receiver has no HDMI inputs.
I tried going into the receiver's optical input from the optical output of my TV (LG 50PK250) but unfortunately can't get any 5.1 response. I checked the TV sound settings but didn't see any options to change output.
Is there anyway to get 5.1 on my trusty Yamaha without needing an upgrade to new receiver?
I’m in the same predicament and ran an optical from my TV to receiver, though it does work I find the audio is not as good as a direct connection. I love my old Pioneer receiver but if PlayStation 5 doesn’t have an optical out I may be treating myself to a new receiver.
I purchased an HDMI to optical converter and the audio seemed a lot better (and the receiver showed a true 5.1 source) but I wasn’t too keen on having the receiver on whenever the TV was on so went back to the source>TV>receiver wiring.
1. Which cable did you get?
2. I'm in the same predicament.
1. Which "you" do you mean? We are discussing optical cables, which should be relatively clear.
2. Which predicament - more clarity please? What many people do since the IgniteTV box doesn't have an optical output is to send the signal via HDMI to their TV and then use the TV's optical output to send audio to their AVRs. See post 2 of this thread.
3. What some other people have done is purchase a converter which they place in the line to their TV that converts HDMI to optical out. So HDMI from IgniteTV box to converter, HDMI from converter to TV, Optical from converter to AVR.