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High Definition HD DTH Connecting STB to HDMI and Home Theater with Diagram

TataSky, SunDirect, Dish TV, BIG TV and Airtel Digital has already launched their HD Services. Following procedure gives details on how to connect High Definition Set Top Box (STB) to your HD TV and Home Theater.

Connecting DTH HD STB to LCD TV( HD TV):

Both the HD TV and DTH DH Set Top Box has a HDMI port. All the DTH operators include HDMI cable for carrying HD signals from STB to the HD TV. You just need to connect one end to the STB’s HDMI port and one of the HDMI port in the TV.

Switch on the STB and TV and select HDMI input from your TV remote. You should see the picture and get the sound in the TV. Normally, channels will have the sound in TV without any change in settings. But, HD channels like Discovery, National Geographic(NGC) may not have sound coming in TV. These channels have 5.1 Dolby Digital audio and this will not be decoded by the LCD TV. To get audio of these channels in TV, the STB autio option needs to be changed to stereo( from the digital). But, you will not get teh 5.1 surround in the TV. To get 5.1 effect, the STB needs to be connected to the Home Theater.

Connecting HD STB to Home Theater:

Tata Sky HD,Dish TV TruHD and Airtel Digital TV HD services have Coaxial audio output. If you are planning to buy one of the DTH, make sure your Home theater receiver has Coaxial S/PDIF input for 5.1 sound. Dish TV Tru HD, BIG TV HD and Sun HD has Optical S/DIF for 5.1 audio. In case you buy one othese, make sure your audio receiver has a Optical port.

Connection diagram:



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  • Biju.R

    I am using Mocha receiver for convering optical out from Sun DTH to connect to my analog 5.1 RECEIVER and it works fine

    • http://www.imyideas.com binu

      Hi..
      Please tell me where did u buy it ? And how much does that cost ?

  • http://www.imyideas.com binu

    Please suggest me some coaxial / optical input speaker in india for less than 10 K in india ?

  • Edwin

    Hai I have Big Tv HD-DVR with Yamaha RX-V659 receiver and Bose 10 series speaker system (5.1) In Big TV HD receiver for digitel out SPDF port is there. i want to know which cable suitable to get 5.1 sound effect from SPDF ?

    my question
    1. SPDF port will support optical cable?
    or
    2. SPDF port will support coauxil cable?
    or
    3. is there any other cable

    bot i used i am not getting the real 5.1 sound effect but if i use analog cable (LR) i am getting better sound ..please guide me i want 5.1 sound effect.

    I am having LED Toshiba tv with Optical port. form that alos i tried analog cable is better thatn optical cable.. let me know the details pls.

    • Prankey

      Big TV HD do not support 5.1 channel audio for now. Hence you would get stereo (better than analog) audio only on your HT

  • sriram

    Big Tv HD-DVR don’t support 5.1 sound. It supports2.0 only. If you want DD5.1 sound you should buy tatasky hd or airtel hd or sun hd. Tatasky hd and and airtel hd have coaxial out and sunhd have optica digigital spdiff out. Till now no DVR is supporting 5.1 sound in india.

    • Bharath

      Airtel HD STB which I bought today has optical out. But my home theater has coaxial in. I am confused now.

      • Vinu

        Airtel HD STB come in 2 types one with optical & other with Coaxial out. So if you want u can replace it with coaxial out.

      • Vinu

        Airtel HD STB come in 2 types one with optical & other with Coaxial out. So if you want u can replace it with coaxial out.

  • Saikat Haldar

    I have Tata Sky HD STB and Onkyo Dolby Digital Receiver. After connecting them the 5.1 sound of NG, Discovery is just horrible. The sound quality is not like that of a DVD.

    • http://www.krishnamoorthy.in krishnamoorthy

      Actually Nat Geo Dolby sound is not good. But Discovery HD is perfect. Pleasew check your settings.

  • Narayan Rane

    Do any of the hd recever has hdmi 1080i/60 option as well?

  • Narayan Rane

    Do any of the hd recever has hdmi 1080i/60 option as well?

  • DK

    Hi

    I have got Tata Sky HD and a home theatre without coaxial input. Now how should i connect my Setup box to my home theatre.

    Regards
    DK

    • TUI

      You need to buy an Coaxial Audio cable. It should be available in Electronics store ( priced from 200 to 500).

      Hope your Home theater has Coax Audio in. Just connect the Coax out from tatasky HD STB to your Home theater. Power on the home theater and select the input as Coaxial. That’s it!

      • Pankajsharma151280

        boss if not having coax input in home theater how can get 5.1 from home theater from tata sky coax out

      • Pankajsharma151280

        my home theater is Sony DZ310 having no 
        coaxial input and Optical input. It has just Audio IN(3.5 mm jack) .So according to your suggestion i have purchase Digital 
        coaxial  wire . I have also taken coaxial and 3.5 mm converter and connect Tata sky Coaxial Out to 3.5 mm jack with Digital Coaxial wire.But Sound is not coming.
        I have also try second option ,Actullay My TV is Penasonic D25 Led having ARC in HDMI port 2.MY Sony DZ310 home theater having HDMI out only with ARC so through ARC i am just getiing 2.1 sound .(AS i have connected my home theater with TV HDMI @412263f0564733b59be321004df1bd77:disqus (ARC) port.)

        MY TV is Penasonic which support HDAVI Control 5.and Home theater is sony that support Briva Sync. 

        I am not getting 5.1 sound only getting 2.1.

        so please tell me some idea …that i can get 5.1 surround sound.

        My conncetin is 

        Tata sky HD to  penasonic Led HDMI port 1

        Sony home theater to Penasonic Led HDM1 port 2 (ARC)

        i am just getting 2.1 …please is there any way that i can get 5.1 Surround.

  • Jitendrakanungo

    I am having Creative Inspire 5.1 Channel Speaker system with analog 3 Jack Pin and Having Airtel HD set Top Box.  How I can connect with my 5.1 Channel Speaker system with Airtel STB.  There is any convertor cable which can convert SPDIF to 5.1 channel Jack?
    Thanks
    J.Kanungo

  • Venugopal

    Actually airtel hd dth has optical out. hd stb hdmi out to av reciever or dvd player/blu ray player hdmi in then hdmi out to hdmi in of LED tv. shall we get 5.1 sound in home theater and telvision speaker simultaniously. Why we need optical cable?
    HDMI is capable of transmitting high-definition (HD) digital video, multichannel surround sound, and advanced control data through a single cable without compression.

  • Rankeshmukhija

    Hi Venu that’s true but Airtel and TS had bug in their software HDMI is not giving 5.1 surround sound that’s why we need Optical or Coaxial output for 5.1 surround sound.I pray Airtel resolve this issue asap.

    • Venugopal

      Thanks a lot..

  • Rankeshmukhija

    @DK if you have Tata sky HD,Just connect HDMI out from STB to your Home thater,You will get 5.1 surround sound,Tata sky has resolved their bug.Njoy !

  • Krishnamurthy

    Hi I have sony DAV DZ-555K Home theater system and it does’t have  Coax /Optical  Audio in, can any one help what can be the next option.
    should i go for new HT or can i upgrade the same.

    Thanks a million in advance

  • Sakihaldar

    In electronics obsolence is a great problem. Always try to buy discrete systems and not the composite ones as you bought. For example purchase DVD player (Pioneer/Panasonic), Receiver(Onkyo/Harman Kardon), Speakers(B&W/Tannoy/ JBL/Sonodyne) separately. Among these be careful about the selection of the receiver as it controls all the inputs and outputs.

  • Shalom

    i hav sun hd stb it hav only optical & spdif output but my 5.1 home theater dnt hav spdif & optical inputs, wat can i do for dis???????????? any one plz tell me a solution
     

  • Pankajsharma151280

    Hi I have sony DAV DZ-310 Home theater system and it does’t have Coax /Optical Audio in, can any one help what can be the next option.
    MY TV is Penasonic LED and Tata sky HD
    how i can connect Tata sky hd with my home theater so that i can get 5.1 sorruended sound.

    • Dhruba Banerjee

      Pankaj, how are you finding Panasonic LED? I am thinking between Samsung 40 inch LED and Panasonic 42 inch LED..and also whetehr to go for tat Sky HD/Dish HD/Airtel HD..

      • Pabkajsharma151280

        go or penasonic 42 inch. LED ..picture quality is very good……then any LED…in Tatasky HD picture quality is so good but problem is that ….not having more HD channals…But Airtel having more HD Channals than TS.

  • KEVIN

    I HAVE:
    DURABRAND HT-395 SURROUND SOUND 5.1(SUPPORTS DOLBY DIG AND DOLBY PRO)

    LG 47″ LED-BRAND NEW.
    COMCAST STB.

    CONNECTIONS AS FOLLOWS:
    HDMI OUT FROM STB TO HDMI INTO TV
    ORANGE DIGITAL AUDIO CABLE OUT FROM STB INTO SURROUND SYSTEM.

    PROBLEM:
    I LOSE AUDIO EVERYTIME I CHANGE THE CHANNEL. ON SOME CHANNELS, THE SOUND WILL EVENTUALLY COME BACK IN A MINUTE OR SO. ON OTHER CHANNELS, NO AUDIO COMES BACK UNLESS I SWITCH THE SURROUND REMOTE FROM IT’S CORRECT COAXIAL TO SOMETHING ELSE AND THEN BACK TO COAXIAL. 

    I JUST GOT RID OF DIRECTV, AND I HAD THE EXACT SAME SET UP WITH THE DIRECTV RECEIVER BEING IN PLACE OF THE COMCAST STB, AND I HAD NO AUIO PROBLEMS WITH THAT. HELP!!!