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Altec Lansing ADA 885

Hello, I have an Altec Lansing ADA 885 and wanted to connect it to a TV. I was just browing the net and found this post of yours http://www.fixya.com/support/t361655-compatability_tv . I was curious if it is possible to use my ADA 885 to get surround sound from the television. I am not too sound savy and not quite sure how it all works. Do I need a reciever to accomplish surround sound? My TV is a Sony Trinitron XBR. It has Audio out but I think only Left/right. What would it look like if it had more to accomplish surround sound?

Definately don't know what I am talking about but any suggestions/hints would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi,

Thanks for posting direct. As you posted, the Sony XBR has only left & right (white/red) outputs whereas your Altec ADA has multiple INputs. This leaves us with no other option but to used just the green INput of the Altec as the black and the S/PDIF has nowhere to be connected to in the Sony.

You would need to use a phone stereo to RCA cable/connector as shown below. Additionally, you would have to set up your speakers as suggested here.
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Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

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