I know that a lot of folks have been asking about this so I apologize for adding to the chorus but I’m trying to set up a Beam on a TV that doesn’t have HDMI ARC or an optical output. I’ve read a few different posts and seen a few different solutions so I’m hoping to get some clarity. I’ve seen some folks recommend an HDMI switch device like the Monoprice. I’ve seen other folks recommend a coax to optical cable. Attached are pictures of what I’m working with for my TV. Pictures include a picture of what my TV has for audio outs and another picture of the audio outs as it is currently set up (currently have a cable box going into the tv as well as an Apple TV). For whatever it’s worth my TV is a RCA 42pa30rq.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Best answer by AjTrek1
It a common mistake so don't feel as though you missed Connections 101 . The connections; to an extent, and cables (white, red and yellow) shown in the picture are incorrect. So let's get you on the right track.
Take a look at the picture I've inserted as it correctly labels the connections you are trying to use. At this juncture all you need is the Digital Out connection. Digital Out (or In) can come in two forms requiring the use of one of the cables below. It appears your is the latter (click both links for a visual):
3.5mm Digital Cable
RCA-Type Digital Cable *
After selecting the appropriate cable you'll need a Digital to Optical Converter as shown in the link:
Digital to Optical Converter **
Your connections would be:
- Digital Cable from Digital -Out of TV to Digital Input of Converter
- Optical Out of Converter to Beam
- Video source to HDMI inputs (TV will process video and send the audio to digital-out)
You will most likely have to enter your TV's Audio Menu and set the sound to digital-out. Your choices may be Dolby Digital (DD.51), PCM (Stereo) or others. Select Dolby Digital if available; if not select PCM. Other choices or variations of Dolby Digital will not work.
Note: Using the Beam with the optical adapter negates voice assistance. Therefore, (although more expensive) you may want to consider a Playbar or Playbase. The Playbase is AirPlay2 capable (just like the Beam).
* Analog and Digital cables of this type look very similar in appearance. Be sure that the cable is labeled as Digital on the packaging.
** The Digital Converter box in the example comes packaged with a digital rated cable (RCA-type).
I hope this helps to clear up any confusion about the Beam. Feel free to post back with more questions.