Connecting my Philips BDP3100 blu-ray player
by Steve Hall
(Bournemouth, Dorset, UK)
At the moment I have an LG TV (42LG5000) which is connected to Sky HD and a Samsung HT-TZ325 DVD and Surround Sound system. The Sky HD and DVD player are connected to the TV by HDMI leads. The Samsung DVD player is connected to the Sky HD by an optical lead.
If I connect the blu-ray player to the TV by HDMI cable I can view the films, but with no surround sound.
What should I do?
The easiest solution would be to buy something like this Digital Optical Audio Switch
. You can then connect both your devices to the single optical audio input at the same time.
I haven't tried that switch personally, and there are cheaper (and more expensive) alternatives that may work.
The main disadvantage is that you won't get HD audio via an optical connection, but that may not be a problem for you.
Hope that helps.
Paul (Site Editor)
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