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how can I connect my DirecTV receiver's "coaxial" digital audio output to the optical audio input...

how can I connect my DirecTV receiver's "coaxial" digital audio output to the optical audio input of my surround sound receiver? (Samsung HT Q40 home theatre system)
alan asked this question 2 years ago
  • DIRECTV • 3430 answers • 91% helpful

    you cant go from coaxial to optical you have to go from coaxial to coaxial or optical optical, sorry. Can't you use HDMI?
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      alan
      the HT Q40 does have component video output connectors.... but which one do I connect the video (yellow) feed to? The Green one? Not sure if this would work, but the three wire (yellow, red, white) lead from the DTV receiver now goes into the TV (old Sony 32")... it could be hooked up to the HT Q40... but how? Then the video output leads could go to the TV... You'd have to look at the manual (http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/20...) to see what I mean...
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      alan
      I can get surround sound from the Home Theatre system on DVDs, but not the feed from the TV/HD Receiver from Direct TV. The orange coaxial digital output seems like the obvious choice... but the connector would have to have a std plug on one end and the optical plug on the other....
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      alan
      unless there's a converter box or something.... someone suggested Radio Shack
    • DIRECTV • 3430 answers • 91% helpful

      try using your left and right audio cables (red, and white) from your "monitor out" on the back of your tv to your audio receiver, then use whatever available connections to either your receiver or tv to get audio/video feeds and you should get surround sound from whatever is on the tv.
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  • DIRECTV • 13803 answers • 94% helpful

    U cant do that. U have to use rca jacks. Let me know a little more & i can help. Thank u. :)
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      alan
      unfortunately I have to... DirecTV's receiver has an orange digital audio output mini plug outlet and the Samsung (see the manual for the model HT Q40) it has a digital audio input but with only an optical input plug...
    • DIRECTV • 13803 answers • 94% helpful

      U could go out & buy a converter box for that. Radio shack has about everything to do that. That would probably b ur only option. I wish i could help u more. Im sorry.
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      alan
      on the back of the HT Q40 under "Digital Audit In" is the optical input connector... I cannot find any RCA input for the audio from the DTV receiver.
    • DIRECTV • 13803 answers • 94% helpful

      Radio shack will have what u need. That will give u great sound. I have that wire on mine. Its clear. :)
  • DIRECTV • 4165 answers • 90% helpful

    coax to coax or optical to optical but you can't go coax to optical
  • DIRECTV • 3598 answers • 91% helpful

    Below the orange audio out (on my HR23 at least) is the 'optical' audio out. I know most if not all DVRS do have an optical out. Therefore you CAN go optical to optical on your surround sound. You can get the cable at any Best Buy (make sure you bring model #'s as there are different optical cables). Sorry for any confusion!!
  • DIRECTV • 70 answers • 60% helpful

    you can buy audio converters from amazon that can convert optical to coaxial if you have limited conectivity.... good luck