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Old 03-16-01, 10:45 AM
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I don't want to spend too much money buying a coax or optical cable right now, so can I get true 5.1 surround sound with the regular yellow-white-red cables, or not?

I assume not, but then....well you know the saying.
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You can take your RCA video cable and use it as a digital coaxial cable... I understand that they're pretty much the same. I'm not kidding... that's how I have my sound set up right now, and it sounds just as good as the stupid $40 optical cable I bought. Do a search for "digital coaxial optical" in this forum, and you'll see other posts talking about this.
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NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
Just use one of the rca's for the audio coax cable! It will work fine.
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And that should give me some real 5.1 surround??
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I'm using the red side of my RCA wires to connect my Cable box to my Reciever, and it's getting the digital signal fine.

So as long as what you are watching is sending out 5.1, you're getting 5.1
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Originally posted by Toad
And that should give me some real 5.1 surround??
There is no fake 5.1DD

Yes using one of your red or white cables for coaxial digital audio will work fine. (Do not use the red or the white colored rca jacks but the coaxial!)

It's hard to believe isn't it??? Why would anyone buy an optical cable???
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if your equiptment is super funky, a coax cable connection might create a extra antenna/or ground loop between different components. Optical connection would isolate your components. Or, your receiver might have different lock-on or delay characteristics with the different connections which may bug some people.

Not me, rca/coax good enough. I go the route of using a 25' line made for TV connection->cable then putting f->rca connectors on the ends (I need the extra length).
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I'm buying one because I messed up and bought a receiver that only has an optical input

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