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Ekc1979
Level 7

Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

We haven’t upgraded our tv yet. We got the Roku soundbar first and our tv doesn’t have hdmi arc OR an optical port. It has a digital audio output port. What should I do? Are there conversion pieces that can be ordered?

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Tivoburkee
Level 20

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

If its coaxial digital output, then look for a coax to optical converter on amazon:

 

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=coax+to+optical+converter&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

 

But you will still need a regular hdmi for the audio and video from the soundbar to the TV. 

Edmund
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Ekc1979
Level 7

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

Ok, will I need a cord to go from my TVs digital audio to the converter? Forgive me I’m not savvy. Thanks!

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Tivoburkee
Level 20

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

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Ekc1979
Level 7

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

Thank you. I assume they make shorter ones... I’ll go look around. Also, does the converter need to go from digital audio output to optical, or optical to digital audio output or does it matter. I guess I’m asking do they stream both ways? 

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Tivoburkee
Level 20

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

It does matter, a coax to optical isn't backwards compatible, there is a separate optical to coax converter. But you have digital coax out of the tv which has to be converted to optical for the soundbar to accept. 

Edmund
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Ekc1979
Level 7

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

So I would need something like this, right? Thank u for helping me...

 

Analog to Digital Audio Converter, Tiancai 2RCA R/L or 3.5 mm Jack Aux to Toslink SPDIF Optical and Coaxial, Support Dual Ports Output Simultaneously, with Power Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W5GNZX5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VOf1EbSXNKFV6

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Tivoburkee
Level 20

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

If you want to use analog outputs, the red and white rca from your tv, then that would work, but if you have digital coax output to use, then that wouldn't work. Then get something like this:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Coaxial-Optical-Converter-Bi-Directional/dp/B07VHPJ1DD/ref=sr_1_4?dch...

Edmund
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Ekc1979
Level 7

Re: Roku Soundbar Setup, Old **bleep** Tv

Thanks so much. I just ordered it. After reading the reviews it sounds exactly right. Thank you for your help it’s so appreciated. I’m sure I’ll be back, lol

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