Optical audio out of TV into DSD

Does anyone have experience with taking an optical audio out of a television into the Directstream? I would set the optical to PCM. The part I can’t figure out is if they output stereo only. It seems like it depends upon the TV manufacturer. If it outputs two channel, I assume it’ll work fine. If the TV outputs 5.1 or something else, I assume it won’t work. The TV I own now only gives you a choice between PCM and Dolby digital on the optical audio out.

I’m getting rid of my home theater receiver and going to a straight two channel system. The TV would have two inputs: cable box and an Apple TV with audio coming out of the TV into the DSD and thus my two cannel stereo. Will this work?


In my limited experience with a Samsung HDTV, if you set it for PCM, it will output only the stereo. The Dolby Digital is the surround data. I think DVD-A players used PCM for surround, but then you had the option to choose stereo or 5.1 in the player’s menu.
I think you could test it with your HT receiver. I would think you now have it set to output DD, change it to PCM, either your receiver will tell you it is stereo, and/or there will be no sound coming out of the surround speakers.
I am sure, set to PCM it will work with your DSD.

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It will work.

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I have my TVs TOSLINK out to the DSD. Works fine, but volume is lower than other inputs.

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It depends on the TV. Mine does not output optical when the signal comes from other inputs like HDMI. It only outputs when the source is the built-in Chromecast. It’s a tuner-less Vizio from 2016.

I would test it before getting rid of the receiver if you can.

However, all is not lost, these work great. HDMI goes in, HDMI and optical come out.


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Perfect solution if the optical out of the TV doesn’t work. One way or the other, I’m getting rid of the surround receiver. Simplifying/shrinking my setup and going 2 channel. Going to buy a new TV so checking to see if it works ahead of time will be minimually practical. Knowing I can cludge a solution together is good enough. Thanks!