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I'm trying to set up my tv ears and my tv needs to be on

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I'm trying to set up my tv ears and my tv needs to be on pcm. The pcm is darkened out in the settings section and I cannot turn it or the stereo on. Please help.
JA: What's the make and model of your tv, and can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: toshiba 42hp66
JA: Is there anything else important you think the TV Technician should know?
Customer: I hooked the ears up via optical cable. Otherwise I can't think of anything.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: TV
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

Welcome. I am Mike, an experienced field technician. We are now connected together on this convenient website where I am able to help you. To get started, I need to know you can see this message and are able to reply to me here...

- Please list everything that you are plugging into this Tv? examples: cable box, bluray, dvd, game, antenna, etc...


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Already hooked up is a DVDs player, cable box, and Apple TV. I have the tv ears hooked up to opticle cable. I don,t know how old. Maybe 10 years old.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No thanks. I would rather type.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

yes, of course. working on your question now. please hold your replies, be back in a few minutes

Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

Sorry it took so long....

There is a reason you are not able to properly use the Digital Audio port on the tv. Many of these older Tv's do not pass audio out of the digital optical/coax ports unless the tv is set to the TUNER input and is set on a Digital Channel that is actually broadcasting digital audio. This is by design and is due to copy protection and cannot be changed. For you, this means the digital optical/coax ports are not useful at all when using the Video inputs on the tv. This is explained on page 15 of the tv's user manual:

The alternative is to use the Analog L/R audio out ports on the tv. Check the inputs of your Tv ears and use of analog cables would be needed.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your help. I figured it out.