Optical to Hdmi converter

Teacoffeefizzies

Novice Member
I have a Q acoustics M4 which has no HDMI arc conection only optical. My nice LG tv has Arc and optical. Anyone tried using an optical to HDMI converter? Do you think that will interfer with sound quality in some way. I'm hoping using it would mean i can use my tv remote to change volume just like if the soundbar already had HDMI arc but something is telling me no and that it isn't technical expertise, it's not coming across this solution on my searches
 
Last edited:

outoftheknow

Moderator
I have a Q acoustics M4 which has no HDMI arc conection only optical. My nice LG tv has Arc and optical. Anyone tried using an optical to HDMI converter? Do you think that will interfer with sound quality in some way. I'm hoping using it would mean i can use my tv remote to change volume just like if the soundbar already had HDMI arc but something is telling me no and that it isn't technical expertise, it's not coming across this solution on my searches
Just use an optical cable for the audio in to the soundbar as designed. The soundbar has no HDMI in or out AFAIK?

A universal remote would be the best alternative to HDMI-CEC.
 

Teacoffeefizzies

Novice Member
Just use an optical cable for the audio in to the soundbar as designed. The soundbar has no HDMI in or out AFAIK?

A universal remote would be the best alternative to HDMI-CEC.
Optical-in is the highest quality I believe. No HDMI at all. I’m not sure what AFAIK is. There is RAC and Bluetooth also. The soundbar is made by hi-fi specialists, speakers and separate subwoofer, a hi-fi in one bar. Optical is fine but then came across this


So relaying tv HDMI Arc to converter, then optical from converter to soundbar. So can use Arc and thus tv remote. Seems simple enough just wandering if may encounter issues I suppose
 

outoftheknow

Moderator
As Far As I Know = AFAIK

Honestly the optical is the best quality you will get from the TV into the soundbar. Even if that extractor takes the ARC audio from the TV HDMI ARC socket and converts it to optical, the audio each can carry is pretty much the same. The soundbar doesn’t handle that many channels anyway so it would be a waste of time and money I would say.
 

Teacoffeefizzies

Novice Member
As Far As I Know = AFAIK

Honestly the optical is the best quality you will get from the TV into the soundbar. Even if that extractor takes the ARC audio from the TV HDMI ARC socket and converts it to optical, the audio each can carry is pretty much the same. The soundbar doesn’t handle that many channels anyway so it would be a waste of time and money I would say.
As Far As I Know = AFAIK

Honestly the optical is the best quality you will get from the TV into the soundbar. Even if that extractor takes the ARC audio from the TV HDMI ARC socket and converts it to optical, the audio each can carry is pretty much the same. The soundbar doesn’t handle that many channels anyway so it would be a waste of time and money I would say.
AFAIK, thought it was some technical acronym. AV stuff and text shorthand both not my strong suit I guess :)

Ok thanks.

Well another question if I may.

External subwoofer- worth it on a 2.1 soundbar, 25W speakers, 50w internal subwoofer or just going to overkill the bar? And never bought a sub so all the phase and levels and crossover I’m reading sounds high maintenance to get it all in sync
 

The latest video from AVForums

Panasonic LZ2000, LZ1500 & LZ980 Hands-on Launch Event | No QD-OLED for 2022, new 77-inch for LZ2000
Subscribe to our YouTube channel
Support AVForums with Patreon

Top Bottom