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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-04-07, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Can't connect new Bell Fibe box with old receiver

Hi. I'm trying to get my ancient surround-sound receiver to work with my cable box. The cable box is Bell Fibe and unfortunately it doesn't have the rca outputs that I had in my old Rogers box. It has hdmi and a host of other outputs.

I was thinking of getting a new receiver, but big $$!

I came across a converter at Best Buy - it's an Optical/Coax digital to analog converter. I also bought a digital optical audio cable.

I connected it all up, but it doesn't seem to work. The connections are digital box to the converter using the optical cord. From the converter box I connected the rca cable to my old reciever just like I used to with my old set up. Receiver is on the TV/Sat mode - just like before.

FYI - the hdmi output from the box is going into my tv.

It seems like it should work, but it doesn't - no sound. I'm wondering if the Bell Fibe box doesn't actually have any output coming out of the optical output? Or maybe it's something else?

Any help/direction would be appreciated. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-04-07, 05:08 PM
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Why not get a new receiver - here is a good one for $200.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-04-07, 05:40 PM
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A few comments/suggestions:

1. When the HDMI is used, the optical output may be mute by default.
2. There may be an audio setting in the Bell Fibe (IPTV not cable) box to enable the optical output.
3. You could connect the optical output on the back of your TV to the "converter" and set the TV's audio menu to "external speakers" or whatever to again enable the optical output from the TV to the converter. The TV's internal speakers would then be muted. The audio would go "through" the TV.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-04-07, 07:15 PM
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As 57 said, try the audio out from the TV. It probably has RCA stereo and might have optical. Then you won't need the audio converter. Return for a refund because it doesn't work?

In the long run, getting a new receiver with HDMI is the best option. I wouldn't buy a $200 receiver. There are some decent receivers starting at about $500. The refund from the audio converter would be a start toward saving for one.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-04-08, 04:36 AM
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mikester 123, you did not even specify which bell fibe receiver you have? is it the 4K one? Ultra HD? Because I believe I read on here they sell a breakout adaptor that connects to the funny looking din connector on the back of the receiver that gives RCA audio and component video connections, maybe u can try that?
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