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My name is ***** *****. I am trying to get sound out of the

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My name is ***** *****. I am trying to get sound out of the zone 2 RCA jacks on my pioneer vsx52 receiver. Sound only comes from the hard wired jacks now and I bought new powered speakers that require the RCA connection. Or an optical cable connection.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: The receiver is connected to TV, blue ray etc using Hdmi cables. The old speakers are hard wired to terminals. The new speakers have to slink cables and I also have a converter to convert toslink to rca jacks.
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Hello, On your receiver Zone 2 will not output any of your digital input signals- meaning HDMI, optical or digital coaxial- those are only routed to the main surround channels since they're decoded digitally.

Your Zone 2 is analog only- so it only processes the RCA red and white INPUT SIGNALS on the receiver- meaning whatever source you want to listen to through the zone 2, needs to be connected to the Pioneer using RCA red and white.

I realize this is not likely what you expected- but generally all zone 2, or 3 HT receivers process their zones in the same way with the exception of a couple of Denon units which allow you to access the digital inputs through the zone 2 outputs.

I assume you're trying to get the TV and Blu Ray sound through the zone 2?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Exactly. Can I use the optical cable and connect somewhere?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Are you still there? Is there any way to connect these speakers to this receiver?
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for the reply. Yes I'm here- typing. Let me check, but I believe the opticals are all input on the Pioneer. We may need a workaround- which would either be a speaker to line converter placed to the front main channels, then tap into the RCA's on the converter, or an HDMI audio extractor (which would be more complicated).

Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Pulling up some info on your receiver now...

Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

You DO have one optical OUT on the receiver- the last one in the row. I'm looking to see if this will work, but I'm thinking Yes.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
If that optical works that would be amazing!
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Sorry I can't take a phone call right now. But yes, are you there with the receiver right now and can you plug those powered speakers into the optical OUT on the receiver? The manual shows that optical out connecting to a DAT recorder- which means it "should" be outputting all digital signals from this jack.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Tried it and no sound. Darn
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

What brand and model re those powered speakers- are you sure you don't have to select the input on them?

Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Nevermind- sorry about that, I just checked and the manual says "You can't output HDMI audio from the optical out jack".

Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

There is a workaround though. Instead of using the HDMI ARC function, you can run an optical cable from the TV back to the receiver (keep the HDMI for video), then the optical out on the receiver will be getting a signal.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
They are B&O 18's and I do havethem set up correctly because I can get the receiver to play FM radio on them out of zone 2 jacks
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Yes, please see my last two replies up the page...

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Where on the receiver do I plug optical cable from TV into
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Optical IN "TV/SAT", then you will need to assign your optical input to the TV (as shown on page 28 of the Pioneer manual):

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
TV is already connected to the receiver using the optical cable input.
Expert:  Aric replied 10 months ago.

Then I have absolutely no idea. I will opt out.

Expert:  Rusty replied 10 months ago.

Hello, my name is Rusty. You cannot use the optical cable to get sound from zone 2. You will need to use an analog connection, meaning red and white RCA jacks are the only thing that will go out of zone 2. So, in addition to the HDMI cables you already have installed, connect the RCA cables from your device to the CD input. You will now be able to listen to zone 2 on the CD input, and it will do what you're trying to do.

If you only have HDMI and optical, we'll need to convert the optical signal to analog, click here. This will do the trick. Plug your optical cable into it, and connect the RCA jacks to the CD input, and you'll be able to listen to zone 2.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Doesn't work.
Expert:  Rusty replied 10 months ago.

How did you connect it?