501 Connections

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  1. Tom Pielech

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    With the Dish 501 connected with optical cable to your HT setup do you also have to run RCAs to get sound from local OTA stations to your HT receiver or does the 501 unit pass the sound through the optical cable?
     
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    As far as I know, that won't work either. The 501 passes OTA signals through the RF output only.
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  3. Renny

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    You can't push analog source through a optical connection. It will not work.
     
  4. Eram Syed

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    I only have the optical out from the dish 6000 and it passes out all sound to the receiver. I never have to change anything.
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    TV=Sony 53HS10, DVD=Sony DVP-550D, CD=Sony CDP-C335, DSS=Dish 6000 + 8VSB, PVR 501, Dish 301, Receiver=Marantz SR5000, Speakers=JBL M28, JBL PSW-D110, VCR=Panasonic PV-V4620
     
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    Eram,
    The 6000 is different since it has an NTSC and ATSC tuner built in.
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  6. Ken Stuart

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    There are two different possibilities:
    1) In about 3 dozen cities, Dish Network has the local channels transmitted on the satellite feed, along with the other channels like TNT and ESPN. Those channels can be heard on the optical output, and can be recorded on the hard drive.
    2) The 501 (and most other Dish Network recevers) allows an RF connection to be made into the receiver. Then a switch on the remote (labeled "TV/Video") allows you to switch the RF output of the receiver, between the satellite receiver and whatever is connected to the RF input connection - which can antenna, cable or the RF output of a VCR. None of that is output on the composite, S-Video or optical outputs. Basically, this allows a remote TV to switch between satellite channels and antenna ("OTA") channels.
     
  7. DarrellP

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    The 501 does not tune in OTA, it just has an RF connector to pass through the antenna or cable signal to your TV sets RF input and allows you to switch between watching the 501 or cable if you are viewing via the RF input on your TV.
    [Edited last by DarrellP on August 10, 2001 at 06:45 PM]
     

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