Best way to hook up Audio to this Television?


#1

Hello! I’m thinking of purchasing a WD TV Live but have a few concerns about how to hook up audio, it’s not something i’m very experienced in.

The reason is because my HDTV doesn’t have a HDMI port, so I have to use the DVI port for this, unfortunately it doesn’t carry audio signals.

The back of my Philips 26" 26pf4310 television looks like this:

It was  taken from http://www.electron.bg/images/26pf4310_back.jpg but edited in paint to reflect what my TV actually shows.

What are my options?

  1. Can a simple 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio jack cable be used in the WD TV’s Composite port and put into the TV’s DVI Audio In port despite not having a red/white port on my TV? I already use this cable from my PC to TV for audio in a TV-Out setup for watching movies so it works.

  2. Or should I get a toslink to 3.5mm jack cable ( http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/catalog/toslink-to-mini-3.5mm-optical-cable.html)

I have no idea what AV3 is on the side panel of my TV, and I seem to lack the red and white composite ports on my TV as well otherwise I wouldn’t be making this post, so I’m extremely confused on what will work. Thanks :slight_smile:


#2

according to your manuals…

http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/2/26pf4310_10/26pf4310_10_dfu_eng.pdf

check out pg 13…

btw is the connector above the s-video (SIDE CONNECTION) a 3.5mm jack?


#3

Yeah it is, just tried my 3.5mm cable on it and was getting audio from a movie playing on the PC, but only when the TV was in AV/S-VHS3 or PC mode channels. I have to move the cable back to DVI Audio In to make audio work on the HD mode channel.

Plus having the 3.5mm cable in AV3 made the TV’s  volume control and menus very unresponsive and slow for some reason.


#4

A HDMI to DVI cable should do it.

/ www.amazon.com/Eforcity-Black-Meter-HDMI-Cable/dp/B000E8SY5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263091056&sr=1-1

For Audio you can connect to the supplied WDTV composite cable a RCA stereo to 3.5mm stereo plug. Plug 3.5mm stereo plug into the DVI audio jack for TV.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Stereo-Male-RCA-Cable/dp/B000YD7HWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263091021&sr=8-1

This is based on looking at your manual and I am not saying this will work or not but I’m about 99% sure this should do it.


#5

yea you can use hdmi w dvi adapter to your tv and composite audio to your 3.5mm dvi audio jacks.

however, im not sure if wdtv live would output audio from the composite audio connectors when you set it to hdmi in the video settings since you will be using hdmi for video to your tv…

alternatively…get a composite to 3.5mm jack adapter and just use composite connectors from wdtv live and connect the 3.5mm jack to your AV/S-VHS3 (side connection)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cable-3-5mm-Composite-Colour-Display/dp/B000ICMEQI


#6

Yeah, your right. The audio may cut off to composite once switched to HDMI.

Note that Female RCA to 3.5mm is needed as the cable supplied with the WDTV is Male RCA. That may be hard to find but you can build it yourself if you are handy with a soldering iron.


#7

I don’t think I should use the Side connections as I wouldn’t be getting Audio at all when using the TV in HD Mode, and I’m not sure how 3.5mm Stereo Male to 2 RCA Male Cable fits in my setup, where would the red and white plug in to if the black one goes to the TV?


#8

I would use a HDMI<->DVI cable (HDMI is essentially DVI without  HDMI’s audio pins - this cable works in both directions) plus something like that:  click me to connect to your DVI-Audio-In. It is a german page because I am german, but I think you can obtain such a device everywhere. The only thing you have to do is connecting the WDTVLive’s optical out to the converter and switching the audio from stereo to digital on the WDTVLive.


#9

you have basically answered your own question…to get the best quality, use hd mode on your tv.

to use hd mode, your video needs to go to the dvi connector and audio needs to go to the dvi audio in jack.

i would get regular hdmi 1.3 cables and use a hdmi-dvi adapter. its cheaper than buying a cable with the connectors attached.

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-ADP-3780-Female-Adapter/dp/B0018QTWH2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263135731&sr=1-8

for audio, just get a toslink to 3.5mm jack and plug it into the dvi audio in jack…and set wdtv live’s audio output to stereo.

good luck…


#10

Ah sorry and thanks FuGGer the DVI-Audio-In is a 3.5mm… looked like cinch (coaxial) jack.


#11

Sorry, bear with me, trying to get my head around all the different techniques of hooking up the audio

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Is this how it should be? Would probably need to get female composite ends as male and male can’t connect.

And another forum said the alternative method of using Toslink to 3.5mm wouldn’t be any good because my TV didn’t have optical in (?)


#12

Actually, I’m going to hold off on buying a WDTV now, my TV is really retarded with the available connections so it’s not worth the risk and everything I try might not be at the top quality I expect and not to mention the audio cutout which is also a big concern. I’m going to buy a new proper HDTV a few months down the road. Sorry, and thanks for the advice regardless :slight_smile:


#13

Aaron wrote:

Sorry, bear with me, trying to get my head around all the different techniques of hooking up the audio

 

Link

 

Is this how it should be? Would probably need to get female composite ends as male and male can’t connect.

 

And another forum said the alternative method of using Toslink to 3.5mm wouldn’t be any good because my TV didn’t have optical in (?)

I know that you have decided not to get the WDTV but just to let you know that you can use an inline adaptor to join the audio leads. Therefore you would not need to get special leads.

This is what they look like.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Psylins-In-Line-Phono-Connector/dp/B00077DC74

In Europe RCA connectors are also called Phono Connectors.