Parts Express 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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Parts Express 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.

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

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

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Parts Express Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)
Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible) is rated 4.2727 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far so good!We needed a digital decoder for our optical output tv. Works really good for those sources that are connected through the HDMI cable into our TV. The decoding output may vary depending on the quality of the tuner in your TV. Connecting netfix to the TV and then through the decoder blew our eardrums out. So if you probably connect a bluray it should have similar results as we used a streaming tablet with micro HDMI connection. Digital sources versus analog output from TV channels are definitely better and cleaner but may vary from one TV to the next. So far were happy with the two channel output.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this converterThe converter worked great it made it possible to connect my old surround sound to my new smart flat screen
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They work with some issuesI want to start by saying these are great overall and that the company will gladly send you a new one. I have bought over 30 of these by now. most times all options work on it. I have had a handful that new out of box have had bad solder jobs on them. if you wiggle port sound will go in and out. it is an easy fix for me but maybe not for others. Also a little weaker on the optical port to where you have to have strong signal. So if you need to split the optical signal or your cable is at all kinked it will not work...there are the more expensive brands that will though.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great device!The other day, I hooked up my TV's digital audio output to the my Panasonic analog receiver using the DAC. It worked quite well with my analog receiver. Hook-up so easy. I will recommend this product to others.
Date published: 2014-10-22
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

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Parts Express Digital to Analog Converter (5.1-Compatible)

When receiving a 5.1 signal, how is this device processing that signal? Is it decoding the Dolby Digital signal directly to 2 channel? Or is it decoding the Dolby Digital signal as 5.1 channel and then downmixing the output to 2 channels like a receiver?

Asked by: pitviper33

My setup is a Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ST60 connected to an old Bose 2 speaker system.  I use Bose headphones.  My question is that since Amazon Prime now broadcasts new releases in 5.1, will this adapter do trick?   

Asked by: forceten32
Yes, this will decode Dolby 5.1 or PCM signals.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-05

Will this unit decode broadcast tv audio to analog stereo

Asked by: Don H
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-26

Sorry I forgot another part of the question. Mine is a smart TV and some converters say they won't handle inputs like Netflix or Amazon. Will this unit handle all those inputs?

Asked by: JimMes
The audio output on your television is independent of the "Smart TV" capabilities of your television.
Answered by: PE Tom
Date published: 2014-11-06

My TV only has Dolby digital output. Will this convert that output to analog?

Asked by: JimMes
This DAC is compatible with all multi-channel audio formats.
Answered by: PE Tom
Date published: 2014-11-06

I want to be sure this unit will take the Dolby digital output from my Panasonic TV when on a digital channel and convert it to 2-channel stereo, will this unit do that?

Asked by: n24wheelin
Yes this will work for that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-24

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