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What are you trying?optical? RCA? Hdmi?there should be an option in the sound menu of tv to select any of the above.i believe optical out is the best because it automatically figures connection,but make sure you remove the plastic caps as these often get overlooked.
Yes you can; Most sound bars have a Optical in port and many new tv's have an optical out option, or an option to change it to an out in the settings. Other wise connect the sound bar to your digital set to box!
If your TV has HDMI in and digital optical out, run your HDMI cable via HDMI out on box to, HDMI in on TV then, run digital optical ouyt from TV to digital optical in on reciever. Your reciever has video pass through but, not the best option. Video components should run to TV then out to reciever. If you do not have digital optical out on TV, you may be able to use RCA.
Receiver just receives the audio data over optical digital cable and processes it. It is up to the DirectTV box what will send to receiver (if stereo or some Dolby Digital for example). You can check the format (decoder, no. of channels, bitrate) of current audio signal after pressing Option button on remote and choosing Signal Info menu.
Did you try it on BOTH the SAT and Video 2 optical ports? Still not working? Could be the Optical cable is bad.
Does your Cable Box also have a coaxial digital ouput? It looks just like a standard RCA connector but says Digital somewhere near it. Try one conductor of a standard audio cable from it to the "DVD" coax connector. Select DVD to hear it.
If it still doesn't work jump into the Cable Box setup to make sure it's output is set up properly.
I would recommend using the coaxial digital option if you have it.
1) The cable isn't special or expensive like the optical cable is; a garden-variety RCA cable works just fine.
2) You have virtually unlimited distance to work with in the house.
3) You don't have to be so darned careful with it as with optical.
If its a PS3 please realize that you adjust the sound options using the sound option menu on the ps3, so its possible that you have the PS3 set to RCA cable and not the HDMI therefore the optical cable isnt getting any sound from the TV