Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
You won't find RCA on TV's now. The RCA is only sound. The HDMI is sound and picture, DVI is only sound. I wouldn't recommend the RCA adapter as that will make good sound turn into bad sound. Are you wanting to improve the sound so that you can hear while in bed? There are a lot possibilites for that. There are speakers you could substitute for the radio. I have a set of headphones that are wireless that receives the TV sound that are good. What is the end result of your needing the RCA cables?
Here's the deal: I live in an apt with very thin walls. You can hear neighbor's conversations pretty easily.
So--after 10 pm I need to quiet things down and get sound to my bedside radio where I can control it---in order to keep peace with neighbors.
My cable TV box DID have RCA outs. I just ran a 20 foot RCA directly to my little bedside radio, which provides good enough quality.
But.............I gave up cable TV and the cable box. My TV has HDMI out only.
I need a solution.
Something like wireless headphones would be a last resort, but feel free to wise me up on what I need for that.
I'd much prefer direct cables, no wireless, something that can plug directly into my radio, which has the standard 3.5 mm input jack, not RCA. I have an adapter to convert RCA cables to 3.5 mm.
I do have a nearby standard hifi sound system, but it does not have HDMI in and I don't want to involve it anyway.
The $40 adapter/converter gizmo I found on Amazon apparently will NOT work as it requires PCM input. My TV (Panasonic 32 inch circa 2012 or 2013) does not have a menu choice to send PCM out to the adapter/converter.
Do some, any, or most 2016 models near 40 inches have that menu choice?
A sound bar theoretically might be OK if it had RCA outs to my radio.
Given a choice, I'd probably rather go wireless headphone than sound bar.
I hardly need "good sound" by any audiophile standards. I just need to understand what Bogart or Perry Mason are saying and my bedside radio does that, given tolerable input like you'd get with RCA cables.
Oh--I'd need to assure that any proposed solution would work when the TV or soundbar speakers are muted.