Split Composite Audio Signal?

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Hi,

My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
signal and output 2 signals?

TIA,
Dan
 
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Dan wrote:

> My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
> audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
> he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
> why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
> signal and output 2 signals?

I don't quite understand your terminology. What do you mean by
"composite audio outputs?" Is that stereo outputs (left and right) on
two jacks? Surround on a digital output? Stereo on a digital output?

Does his TV set have an audio input?

Is is really a simple question - like - he can now hook the same
outputs of the DVD player to either his stereo system or to his TV set
and wants them both hooked up at the same time - what does he need? If
it's analog (RCA jacks) then he needs a pair of Y adapters plugged in
to each output of the DVD player, and a cable to go to from one branch
to the stereo and another cable to go from the other branch to the TV
audio input. Here's a Radio Shack one, and it's even gold plated:
http://tinyurl.com/3r9dg

It will be more complicated if everything isn't analog and 2 channels.
 
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On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 13:31:21 -0500, Dan <dan@nospam.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
>audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
>he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
>why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
>signal and output 2 signals?

1. There's no such thing as 'composite audio.' Can we assume you
mean analog (L/R) audio?

2. He can try a simple pair of Y-connectors as long as the impedances
of the stereo and the TV are not terribly different. It's cheap and
worth the try.

Kal
 
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Brandon Anderson wrote:
> And, to re-iterate what everyone else has said...
> You are referring to UNBALANCED, CONSUMER LEVEL audio outputs with RCA
> or PHONO connectors. You are confusing a signal type (composite
> video) with the connector (RCA or phono).

I had thought that this player might have a mini phone jack for audio
output rather than RCA jacks, but I don't think I've ever seen one like
that. Maybe it's one of those portable things that looks like a laptop
computer, which may very well have just a stereo jack ("composite" =
two channels coming out of one hole) designed to connect to headphones
or "multimedia" speakers. In that case, Radio Shack has a differnt
adapter that will get him to where he needs to be.

But then I re-read the original message and I see it's described as a
"player-recorder" so who knows? Guess we'll have to wait for the
original poster to get back to us.
 
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Dan wrote:

> Hi,
>
> My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
> audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
> he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
> why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
> signal and output 2 signals?

You've got your terminology in a muddle. The only composite output from such
a device is composite video.

This kind of thing will 'double up' the audio outs. The price on that one's
outrageous though ( no doubt because it's gold plated it attracts silly
pricing ).

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=274-501

Graham
 
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And, to re-iterate what everyone else has said...
You are referring to UNBALANCED, CONSUMER LEVEL audio outputs with RCA
or PHONO connectors. You are confusing a signal type (composite
video) with the connector (RCA or phono).

Now, there are lots of options for your friend. If there were a lot
of splitting required, then a amplified distributor (like radio shack
sells) would be important to maintain signal levels and impedance. The
best solution would be a transformer solution that prevents you from
dropping the impedance, but will also decrease the signal level. A
2-fer or Y will likely work since most consumer equipment have similar
input impedances and most outputs don't mind if the circuit impedance
is lower than nominal. Beware, however, that if the two systems
differ considerably in input impedance, the two levels will be
drastically different. Either way, you are likely to lower the signal
level to some extent.

My solution would be to get up to the time and buy a receiver that has
Dolby and DTS decoding with digital inputs and a DVD player with a
digital output (are there any without?). It is possible that this is
your solution and just haven't considered it. In this case, you
simply run the digital signal to the receiver and the analogue to the
TV.



On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 13:31:21 -0500, Dan <dan@nospam.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
>audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
>he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
>why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
>signal and output 2 signals?
>
>TIA,
>Dan
 
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I can see how you could get a stereo minijack connector out of his
description of "get two out" but I think you just means to split it
two ways. Indeed, he already has it going to a stereo, so he must
have RCA at that end at least, or a really odd receiver...

On 2 Sep 2005 16:31:58 -0700, "Mike Rivers" <mrivers@d-and-d.com>
wrote:

>
>Brandon Anderson wrote:
>> And, to re-iterate what everyone else has said...
>> You are referring to UNBALANCED, CONSUMER LEVEL audio outputs with RCA
>> or PHONO connectors. You are confusing a signal type (composite
>> video) with the connector (RCA or phono).
>
>I had thought that this player might have a mini phone jack for audio
>output rather than RCA jacks, but I don't think I've ever seen one like
>that. Maybe it's one of those portable things that looks like a laptop
>computer, which may very well have just a stereo jack ("composite" =
>two channels coming out of one hole) designed to connect to headphones
>or "multimedia" speakers. In that case, Radio Shack has a differnt
>adapter that will get him to where he needs to be.
>
>But then I re-read the original message and I see it's described as a
>"player-recorder" so who knows? Guess we'll have to wait for the
>original poster to get back to us.
 
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In article <ZT0Se.20$xH4.1019@news.uswest.net>, Dan <dan@nospam.com> wrote:
>
>My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
>audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo, but
>he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't ask
>why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R composite
>signal and output 2 signals?

A Y-cable is probably just fine.
--scott
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In <ZT0Se.20$xH4.1019@news.uswest.net>, on 09/02/05
at 01:31 PM, Dan <dan@nospam.com> said:

>Hi,

>My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
> audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo,
>but he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't
>ask why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R
>composite signal and output 2 signals?

We can't be sure what you mean by "composite audio" because it is not a
standard term.

I assume that you mean the left and right audio output -- usually
colored white and red, respectively.

If this is true, you cannot connect the white and red directly to
speakers. You must pass the white and red signals through an amplifier.
The output side of the amplifier can be connected to speakers. This
amplifier can be built into the TV or may be a small external unit
(possibly an old stereo receiver)

If you are attempting to connect a digital output (usually colored
orange) to speakers, you'll need a home theater receiver. Inexpensive
home theater receivers are in the $200.00 range. It would be somewhat
cheaper to replace the DVD player with one that has more appropriate
outputs.

If you have a DVD player with white and red outputs, you may need to go
through the set-up menu to activate them.

If you have white and red outputs and you want to connect each of them
to the white or red on two units, use a "Y" cable.

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Barry Mann wrote:

> In <ZT0Se.20$xH4.1019@news.uswest.net>, on 09/02/05
> at 01:31 PM, Dan <dan@nospam.com> said:

> >Hi,

> >My friend has a DVD Player Recorder that only has one set of composite
> > audio outputs. The audio portion is currently hooked to his stereo,
> >but he also wants to send the audio signal to his TV speakers (don't
> >ask why). Is there a cheap splitter box that will take on L/R
> >composite signal and output 2 signals?

> We can't be sure what you mean by "composite audio" because it is not a
> standard term.

This could be about the sp-dif output. Unfortunately the questionee has
not bother clarify.

> I assume that you mean the left and right audio output -- usually
> colored white and red, respectively.
>
> If this is true, you cannot connect the white and red directly to
> speakers. You must pass the white and red signals through an amplifier.
> The output side of the amplifier can be connected to speakers. This
> amplifier can be built into the TV or may be a small external unit
> (possibly an old stereo receiver)
>
> If you are attempting to connect a digital output (usually colored
> orange) to speakers, you'll need a home theater receiver. Inexpensive
> home theater receivers are in the $200.00 range. It would be somewhat
> cheaper to replace the DVD player with one that has more appropriate
> outputs.
>
> If you have a DVD player with white and red outputs, you may need to go
> through the set-up menu to activate them.
>
> If you have white and red outputs and you want to connect each of them
> to the white or red on two units, use a "Y" cable.
>
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> 13> (Barry Mann)
> [sorry about the puzzle, spammers are ruining my mailbox]
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