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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.20
Alright, I finally got a home theater system. I want to get the most out of it with digital audio.

I have some questions about coaxial and optical audio. To hook up optical audio I need optical connections in the back of my TV set? Right? Well I don't see any.

Do Coaxial cables just hook into the regular AV plugs? But I only need ONE cable instead of a Right and a Left. Which one do I hook it into.

I have my PS2(which is my DVD player ) hooked into the TV using component cables and the audio going to RCA home theater system.(I had to move the two closer together).

But wait a second. How do I get the digital sound OUT of the PS2 since my Component cables only have the oldschool AV hookups.

I'm a little more confused than when I started. I just want my Dolby Surround sound to work when I'm watching DVDs and regular ass TV.

Thanks for any help.
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I'm by far not an advanced user, but I'll try to help:

If all you have is your PS2 that you're running in, you should still be good. On the back there's two separate plugin spots: One for your Component cables, and one for the Optical Audio out. Just run the component to your TV, and the optical audio out straight to your RCA home theater system. For normal TV, either your TV or your "normal" channel device (DirecTV/Dish/Cable) should have multiple audio out jacks. Just run a 2nd set of audio out to your RCA home theater system. Then, switch to RCA/A-V In for normal, and Optical for your DVD/PS2 time.

Hope this helps
EDIT: To expand on your questions a bit more:

RCA: Needs two cables, one for left channel, one for right channel. RCA outputs are a part of your PS2 COmponent cable.
Coaxial Audio: Needs only the one cable. PS2 is not compatible with a coaxial audio cable.
Optical Audio: Needs only the one cable. PS2 is compatible with a optical audio cable (sold separately, or included with your RCA system).

(edited by DrHogie on 3.5.05 1659)


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Thanks for the INFO. Got it all fixed.

I didn't realize that you had to have an HDTV or SAT do get surround sound on television :(
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81

Dolby ProLogic used to be available on regular TV for any broadcast that was done in Stereo. You can't get 5.1 most likely, but you can get ProLogic I or II depending on the feed.

This means no separate subwoofer track (the .1) or L and R rear speakers, just the one rear track.

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There seems to be this giant misconception about surround sound and analog (or SD digital) programming. I saw it alot at work when I was in home entertainment: most customers, and for that matter many employees, preached that you can only get surround if you have a digital coax or optical connection; no invitation for RCA cables.

All I have is a vintage 2000 Charter Digital Cable box by Motorola (highest connection: rwy RCAs) and a 1997 (really shitty) Zenith five speaker surround set. I get surround sound (though as Guru said, no sub track and my left and right rear speakers carry the same channel.) You need a better setup for 5.1, but if you've got as little as a rw audio out on your tube you can get ProLogic.

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