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SCAR392

21. Posted:

EDIT: Nevermind... Ya, just let us know how it goes.

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bomdigidy

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ok, so I got the component cable and found an RCA to headphone jack converter at home which looks like this:

http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mSpEYnui14jK5YvIC2rwjS...

should that work instead of the coupling plug and RCA>headphone cable? Because I tried it and got nothing... I went into settings and could only see 'tv settings', which has two options: 'hdmi ouput' or 'non-hdmi output'. I don't see any separate video/audio settings. Maybe Frapp was right about only one port being active at a time?

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You have to go to the audio options and select non-HDMI. It's in the same menu as the video options. I tested this earlier to make sure you weren't getting all this stuff for nothing.

I hooked up my Wii U to the HDTV, then the component cable to the audio receiver.

Is there a switch or change input on the sound bar?

Go into the settings on your Wii U. Choose the surround/stereo/mono option in the menu, then it will ask where you want sound to come out on the top right of the screen. Choose non-HDMI, then it will do a stereo test and ask whether you hear it.

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bomdigidy

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ah yes, found it, thank you!

currently hooked the RCA to some hifi speakers in the meantime, so that's good. waiting on the plug and other cable to connect to the soundbar.

Can i check, which port is this headphone jack going in, in the soundbar?

http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/yamah...

STB? what's 'system connector'?

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skywake

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Yeah, your soundbar doesn't have any analogue inputs. STB, no idea what STB is supposed to mean but it's more than likely a third digital input. "System connector" is almost surely a thing for servicing. So yeah....

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SCAR392

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I think you're supposed to plug in your Wii U to the system connector port. It is a headphone jack, after all.

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skywake

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Umm, you really shouldn't. I looked up the unit on their website and they make no mention of it.
http://au.yamaha.com/en/products/audio-visual/dvd-players/yas...

There's 2x Digital optical, 1x Digital Coaxial and 1 Sub-out. No analogue input. That "headphone jack" is for servicing the unit. You could potentially damage it if you do something like that. I mean probably not but better safe than sorry.

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SCAR392

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You could try this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cables-To-Go-03177-Y-Cable/dp/B0002J1...

That would probably work. I figured headphone jack would be more appropriate, but maybe not... I apologize. I didn't thinkof looking up the manual. I just assumed. You could also hook up the component cables to a bluray or DVD player with optical out, maybe.

At least you're only spending a few £ on each of these things.

EDIT: For future reference, the system connector port is for connecting the sound bar to other Yamaha audio products.

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Yeah, that won't work. The digital coaxial input will not accept an analogue signal. If the OP's projector lacks any sort of digital audio output (and some of them do have that) then the best option is a HDMI splitter with audio signal extraction. Infact that's probably the only option.

As I said initially, those soundbars aren't designed with this sort of situation in mind. They're build as an audio upgrade for your TV. The assumption is that if you have a projector you've got a proper setup and are happy to do a proper full surround setup. Which is fair enough given how much of a pain a projector is to setup permanently and properly.

Hell the soundbar I'm eyeing off only has a single optical input, power and LAN. That's it.

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Ya. I can understand where he's coming from, though. Everyone wants to get a decent setup for as little as they can.

Since the Wii U puts out 5.1 PCM, I figured I might as well upgrade my audio equipment to the best financial ability that I could. I ended up getting a Sony STR-DN1030 with some BIC America L/R/C speakers, Sony SB1000s, and some Klipch R10s that my dad got for $5(actually worth $100 or so).
I spent about $700 on all that stuff...

The last suggestion I have is trying to find a reasonable A/V reciever for $100 or less. The last receiver I had, had HDMI without sound handling and everyone was trying to sell the same stuff in terms of capability. Most of them had HDMI, but again, had no sound handling (or it did and they were asking $50 less than new than this years model. That's not gonna happen), which is what I was looking for, so I just went with the new stuff.

I figure if you're going to spend £50 on a HDMI sound extractor, you might as well pay the extra 20-30 so you can get a decent A/V receiver you can hook up the sound bar to.

EDIT: I just did some looking around, and A/V receivers don't even really support sound bars all that often. They aren't capable for handling surround sound as good as an A/V receiver, and they rarely can be incorporated to an A/V setup. It's mainly because of their reliance on Dolby and DTS formats. If the sound bar truly supported PCM sound any better than stereo, I can confirm it would have an HDMI port unless some new technology comes out. The only conclusion I'm drawing from this is that sound bars are a nice idea, but can't compare to the traditional A/V setup as of now.

EDIT2: I'd say try what I said in post #28. If that doesn't work, it looks like you're going to have to buy a new display or audio equipment. I've read a couple places that the HDMI to optical extractors are just as much as a gamble when it comes to sound bars.

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I was just making the point that soundbars exist mostly because people want better sound, don't care about surround and can't be bothered with the wires. Usually if you are in that category you're not the sort of person who's going to bother with mounting a projector correctly, running wires to that and getting a decent screen going. The two don't really overlap. If you're happy to setup a projector you're usually fine with surround also.

And it's not necessarily about price either. You can get surround systems for just as cheap as some of the cheaper soundbars and some of the soundbars go well into the price range of some fairly decent surround setups. With displays it's even more extreme. You can spend a lot more on a TV than you can on a projector.

Really, the OP should either change what they're doing entirely or get a splitter/extractor. If the latter doesn't work they should take it back to the store and say it doesn't work. Simplest solution.

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