Enable the digital audio out on Pioneer Elite Pro110FD

jcoppola

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Maybe somebody can help me with this. I have an older plasma, Elite Pro110FD which works great. It is over the mantel not in the home theater. I wanted to improve the sound in a simple way for the "family" with no extra equipment and extra remotes. Bought the Bose Cinemate Soundbar. It connects with the digital audio out of the TV. Set it up turned it on, no sound. After racking my brain for a couple of days I looked the Pioneer Manual (over 100 Pages) and found buried in there that the digital audio out is disabled when source components are hooked up via HDMI. They must have been concrerned with copy protection when this TV was made. Can't find anywhere in the manual or on the internet where one might be able to get into the service manual and maybe enable this. I have returned the sound bar but still would like to improve the sound. Thought the brightest minds here at SatelliteGuys could help.

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jayn_j

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I suspect that the physical connection is not present. Not to get too technical, but it would involve decoding the HDMI digital audio and then recoding it into PCM for the optical path. I would bet that the older TV didn't implement this.

The one thing you can do with the Bose soundbar is to connect two source components directly via optical connections. Of course this would involve performing switching on both the TV (for video) and the soundbar (for audio). This can be made painless by adding a Harmony remote to the system that would switch both components depending on the activity you choose (watch the cable, watch a bluRay, etc)

I will also gently suggest that Bose is not the best bang for the buck and you can do better with other soundbars.
 

jcoppola

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I suspect that the physical connection is not present. Not to get too technical, but it would involve decoding the HDMI digital audio and then recoding it into PCM for the optical path. I would bet that the older TV didn't implement this.

The one thing you can do with the Bose soundbar is to connect two source components directly via optical connections. Of course this would involve performing switching on both the TV (for video) and the soundbar (for audio). This can be made painless by adding a Harmony remote to the system that would switch both components depending on the activity you choose (watch the cable, watch a bluRay, etc)

I will also gently suggest that Bose is not the best bang for the buck and you can do better with other soundbars.
I knew I would get some Bose bashing and to be quite honest I'm a Bose basher myself, it was just that it had the lowest profile of all the sound bars and fit in the space between the TV and mantel where the others would not. I did not want to run another cable from the hopper to the unit because pulling the wire would be very difficult but I know that was an option.
 

jayn_j

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Sorry if you felt that was bashing. I tried to be gentle. Again, I can't apologize for the Pioneer design as I didn't design it. I do know enough that adding that sort of decode/encode would have been difficult before the more modern integrated decoders came out.

I am sorry that my attempt was not helpful, and I wish you better luck elsewhere.
 

jcoppola

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Sorry if you felt that was bashing. I tried to be gentle. Again, I can't apologize for the Pioneer design as I didn't design it. I do know enough that adding that sort of decode/encode would have been difficult before the more modern integrated decoders came out.

I am sorry that my attempt was not helpful, and I wish you better luck elsewhere.
No aplogy needed like I said I ussually bash Bose myself it just that it had the shape that fit best.
 

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