08-01-2016 11:27 AM
I currently have an HR 34 DVR which has both digital and analog audio outputs. In my system Zone 1 uses the digital audio output from the HDMI cable, but Zone 2 uses the analog output because my pre-amp requires it. The HR 34 has RCA analog audio outputs. I want to upgrade to the HR 54 which does not have analog audio output, only digital via Toslink or coaxial. So I will need to buy a digital to audio converter to get audio to my Zone 2. However, there are different converters such as converters that decode 2 channel stereo or converters that can decode 5.1 or 7.1 Dolby. What is the digital audio output of the Toslink and coaxial jacks? Are there multiple HR54 models (550?, 700?) and do they have the same digital audio outputs?
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08-01-2016 11:32 AM
You can get a Composite or Component Video "dongle cable" that will provide analog audio outputs from your HR54's AV OUT jack ....
08-01-2016 11:48 AM
you can get a converter for toslink to analog
08-01-2016 12:18 PM
If I use the AV out for my analog audio, will it still sent the both audio and video via the HDMI simultaneously? That is what provides video to both Zones and audio to Zone 1
08-01-2016 1:33 PM
Yes. Provided that the HDMI connection "live" and satisfies the HDCP copy protection signal. Othewise the video will blank. But audio should continue regardless.
08-01-2016 3:49 PM
08-01-2016 3:59 PM
If you turn the HDMI conencted TV off, you wont get neither audio or video via the AV out. You must remove HDMI cable or leave the TV on
08-01-2016 4:10 PM
08-01-2016 4:18 PM
You can use an active HDMI Switch connected to the DirecTV DVR so that the HDCP signal is always "on".
08-01-2016 4:49 PM
I think you'll have the same issue with a digital audio converter as you would have using the analog dongle cable.
08-01-2016 6:16 PM
08-01-2016 6:25 PM
It doesn't render HDCP useless as much as it simply keeps the HDMI circuit "alive" so that the HDCP is properly satisfied. You're not actually switching anything if you do this for your configuration.