Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)

More television manufacturers are omitting RCA analog audio outputs, leaving owners of legacy stereo equipment in the lurch. The solution is this digital to analog converter, capable of processing stereo or multi-channel signals into left and right analog stereo.
  • Compatible with PCM stereo and all popular multi-channel formats
  • Connects HDTV with legacy analog stereo equipment
  • Accepts digital coaxial or toslink optical input
  • Provides stereo left and right RCA line-level audio output
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Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)

It's the ultimate insult: You go to connect your new HDTV to your stereo, only to find out that the TV manufacturer has omitted RCA stereo outputs. Fortunately, you don't have to set aside that favorite analog receiver or amp, nor do you have to live with wimpy on-board TV sound.

This digital-to-analog converter is a simple solution for taking the digital optical SPDIF or coaxial signal from your TV and turning it into an analog RCA left/right signal. It has the ability to decode the most popular digital formats, including PCM stereo, and all popular 5.1 and 7.1 multi-channel home theater formats.

An advanced chipset ensures compatibility with virtually any HDTV!

Specifications: • Supported sampling rates: up to 20-bit / 96 KHz • Signal to noise ratio: ≥90 dB • Stereo separation: 80 dB (1 KHz) • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ±0.5 dB • Analog audio output level: 1Vp-p (1 kHz @ 0 dB Fs) • THD: ≤0.03%.

Note: Some units may have the switch reversed for coaxial and SPDIF optical inputs. Please try both positions if you are experiencing difficulties with this converter.

Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)
  • BrandParts Express
  • Part Number180-999
  • UPC848864000640
  • Product CategoryDigital Audio/Video Converters
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (7 Reviews)
  • Weight0.4 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible) is rated 4.2857 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductNeeded this to run the sound from my big screen tv to an old Technics SA-505. Sound is fantastic.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yea, It does work with my TVThis unit does work with my S#$%^ brand TV, this is my third purchase for these D to A converters with the attempt to connect my optical TV output to my 2 channel amplifier input. all three seems to work with my P#$%^& brand TV but only this D-to-A works with my S@@# TV. connecting my Cable TV directly to my "ant TV input" then tuning into a digital HD station sounded like a dying bird. But with this converter works on all stations HD or not! I guess my cable company is transmitting 5.1 only, it is very difficult to research how the TV converts different sound formats as well as how my provider transmits its sound signal. I attempted to contact both and read all the manuals and still I was not sure if the converter would work. But now by experience this converter seems to convert the necessary signal to my amplifier from all my sound sources. the quality seems to be acceptable to me and the delay in sound from the lips is small, not visually noticeable but I do hear an echo with both TV speakers and amp speakers on so I ust lover the volume down on TV and all is fine.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great!Looked for a long time to find a converter that would work with my Panasonic Plasma. this did the trick.
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good and fast serviceVery good service and prompt delivery.Will buy again for Parts Express
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value. Does the job.New Plasma 60" TV - yay! Oops, no audio out, only optic (toslink). I shopped all around, and found that I couldn't match this unit anywhere for under $40, plus it handles Dolby 5.1 which some won't. I ordered this and the Dayton 2ch 50+50 amp (http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-383) and when I hooked them up to a pair of Klipsh SF1's I was delighted. TV, PC audio, DVD player, all sound awesome. For my needs, Family entertainment system and casual listening, I couldn't ask for a better value. You owe it to yourself to try this little gem out.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from miniature problem solverWhy the "Smart TV" doesn't offer audio out is a mystery but I didn't ancticipate running a separate amp until I moved an easy chair in another room into position to see the screen of my Sony 32". So instead of turning up the volume of the tv, I wanted to run a line for speakers into my closer proximity. Wireless would be great but I insist on using existing "legacy" amplifier, receiver and speakers. only question: - which signal to run, the toslink optical out of the tv, the rca line out from the converter or speaker wires from the amp. If the latter, I wouldn't have control over the level from my seat as my old amp is not remote controlled. So I'm sending the rca stereo output up into the ceiling from the tv, dropping in into the next room for my amp to boost into the speakers. I found the B & H Catalog has a similar converter that uses the usb port for power. That would be better than having yet another a-c socket taken up by the adaptor for the converter!@ !
Date published: 2013-04-19

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Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)

I have a LG TV, 50LB6100 with Toslink audio out + multiple HDMI. I have an older set of Logitech speakers (2.1), #Z523 with single 3.5mm male plug.  I need a product recommendation for audio out from TV to Z523 speakers (pair + woofer).  Thanks.  

Asked by: amam
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-24

Does this converter require a separate cable to connect to a Panasonic Viera TV? If so, which cable is best

Asked by: Abe75
Yes this does require a separate cable. Any of the optical cables below will work fine, you will have to find a length that will work for your application.http://www.parts-express.com/cat/toslink-optical-cables/2146
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-05

I have a HDTV, cable box, and a blue ray dvd player.  I want to connect them all to a JVC 809vtn stereo receiver that does not have HDMI.  

Asked by: Nuch
Assuming each device has a digital audio output, this DAC will work for converting the audio signal to analog for an older stereo.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-04

Will this DAC work with a Panasonic TC-P50S30?

I had previouly used a no-name DAC for the digital output of my TV with questionable results. The "whole number" channel audio passed through okay, but any channel that had a "dash" in it did not.
Asked by: polplumb
This will work with your television. However, this device only outputs analog 2 channel (stereo) sound. So, if you are using a stereo receiver and only 2 speakers, this is fine and you should tell your television to output stereo sound. Often in the menu options it will be listed as 2 Channel or Stereo LPCM or PCM. This way the unit does not have to deal with downmixing a 5.1 channel signal to a stereo one, it just has to turn digital stereo into analog stereo.If you are using a modern surround receiver and you have a 5 channel speaker setup, you should just hook up the digital audio cable to the receiver directly.If you are using a on old surround receiver and you have a 5 channel speaker setup, that only has analog multi-channel inputs, you need to get a Digital to Analog Converter that can convert a digital surround signal to multiple analog outputs (one for each of your speakers).From your statement above it sounds to me like you have a multichannel receiver, and surround speakers hooked up, but you are feeding it a stereo signal, so only the front speakers are working. This device will not fix that, as it only passes 2 channel audio to it's outputs. That will only give a signal to your left and right front speakers. Though, if you are looking to pass multichannel audio from your TV to a receiver that is less than 15 years old, you should not need a DAC at all. Just hook the optical output of your TV directly to the optical input on your receiver with an optical cable.
Answered by: Travis Rysdam
Date published: 2013-02-27

I tried another device like this, but it wouldn't pass audio from my new TV. I assume the unit didn't support Dobly Digital Audio. Will this one ?

The Television is a Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50The device I tried:FiiO TAISHAN-D03K Digital to Analog Audio ConverterSupports up to 24-bit/192 kHz input (PCM only, no support for Dolby Digital or DTS formats)
Asked by: BobK
Yes this would be correct if your TV is not outputting PCM. You may check the menu for a way to change this, if that is not possible you will have to use this item.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-02-05

What add on device can make this variable level?

Although the RCA jacks are a fixed level I would like to use the TV's remote volume. This is due to my preamp not having a remote control capability.
Asked by: Squirrelboy
Unfortunately there is nothing you can add to this that will allow you to use the TV's remote.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-01-16

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