SONY BD Player- Digital Audio Out issue

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  1. Larbo

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    I just got a BX-510 BD Player and the audio output is connected to my non-HDMI 5.1 receiver via digital audio out. I have an optical cable that was previously used for my PS3 and then used for a Samsung BD Player that I did not keep. I got 5.1 with both.

    However, this new Sony has a digital coax output. So, I am using the optical cable with an optical/coax converter and getting just 3.1 (L,R Ctr). The two rear surrounds are dead.

    Your thoughts? Is the Sony defective? Is it possible for the converter to be shaving off two channels?? I have used this device before and it had been working fine. Thanks
     
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    Figured it was likely to be the converter and it was. Apparently, they are directional. This one is optical in/coax out and I was trying to use it the other direction.

    I have never asked but are they converters detrimental to the SQ?
     
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    What AVR is this that doesn't have dig coax?
     
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    Oh, it does, but the route for running the coax cable is a bit circuitous with furniture moving, etc. Just trying to use what was already there.
     
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    So, it is "less distance" to run dig coax to an adapter and toslink the test of the way...Ok.
     
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    By the way, why is the BD player not "with" the AVR?
     
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    They are on opposite ends of a long, heavy cabinet. The BD player went into the same location that the PS3 was. Just had to put the converter on the end of the Toslink and add a short length of coax to plug into the BD player.

    So, are these converters bad (when used properly, that is)? I plan on yanking out the cabinet to run coax, just need to wait for some back issues to resolve.
     
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    Was this PS or Samsung ever connected to this AVR via composite or component?If yes, is either still there?(Digital coax, composite/component and shielded subwoofer are the same cable)
     
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    That would have been nice, but, no. They were connected directly to the TV for video, and I am using the AVR for audio only.
     
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    The converters don't cause any loss of audio quality. Personally, I think I would have run a coax cble instead of adding the converter, because I like to keep things as simple as possible. However, there's no reason it shouldn't work just fine as long as you have the right converter and your cables are good.
     
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    Thanks for the info on the converters. I will re-cable as soon as I can. Best...
     

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