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How do you get 5.1 surround sound, I have my tv hooked up through HDMI and it has a spdif out, and I was going to hook that into my reciever, will it be 5.1? I have century link prism, and I have the HD service
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If your receiver has HDMI, you can connect your cable box/dvr directly to the receiver with an HDMI cable and then on the out on the receiver connect another HDMI cable to your tv.
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So you're plugging into a cable box?
    
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Originally Posted by gotasavage2 View Post

If your receiver has HDMI, you can connect your cable box/dvr directly to the receiver with an HDMI cable and then on the out on the receiver connect another HDMI cable to your tv.


I have an older one, I only have the red white and yellow rcas, I used to have it hooked up like that until I got my HDTV, so until I can afford an HDMI reciever I was trying to see if the spdif would work, my reciever has that
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Edited by GanjaSMK - 1/21/12 at 10:09am
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

How do you want to hear the 5.1 audio? From your TV / Cable Box or Home Audio Device (like a receiver)?

( edit )

I'm all clear now - yes. Using SPDIF (either coaxial or toslink) will work for 5.1 sound, provided that A) source is in 51. and b) the receiver is capable of at least DD, if not DD Live!, DTS and other formats. Most likely it is at least DTS/DD if it's got SPDIF.
    
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post #7 of 15
SPDIF coaxial/toslink will work for 5.1

You need HDMI for true 7.1.
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post #8 of 15
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SPDIF coaxial/toslink will work for 5.1
You need HDMI for true 7.1.

when i get the money for an HDMI receiver ill hook it up through HDMI.
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So you're plugging into a cable box?

HDMI from the box to the TV, then RCA from box to stereo, for surround sound, i was hoping the spdif would make it 5.1, thats why im asking about it, if it will make it 5.1 im going to buy a cable.
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My tv has a slight lag in video, the sound coming from the receiver straight from the box is good, but the tv lags behind alittle, ive heard of HDTV lag, and i was hoping if i ran the SPDIF from the out port on the TV to the receiver the audio would be in sync, also on some channels and stuff would be in 5.1+ the book for the tv said the port plays whatever source is hooked up, (like HDMI , Component, or just plain RCA) if i turn up the tvs sound its in sync with he picture but you can hear the delay vs the surround sound
Edited by Krazykid122 - 1/21/12 at 10:34am
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