Amazon Firestick Dec 3, 2019 11:16:24 GMT
Post by liffy99 on Dec 3, 2019 11:16:24 GMT
Please move if this is not the right forum for this one !
I succumbed to the lure and bought a standard (not 4k) Firestick this week to plug into my 9 year old Pioneer Kuro 50" plasma (still a gorgeous picture, only now being matched and possibly exceeded with OLED and 4k). And then the fun started . . .
First of all the Firestick has no audio output of its own. I could happily see the video when plugged into the HDMI 1.3 port on the TV, but no sound of course.
Found the TV's optical digital output and hooked that up to my Lyngdorf digital amp. No joy. The TV (like all others I understand) cannot split an audio track from an HDMI source over optical or SPDIF due to copyright limitations. Issue resolved for now by taking an analogue feed from the TV into the amp.
So, this got me wondering about better ways to do this (and reduce the number of leads). I could get the optional HDMI module for the amp (silly price mind you) - but presume I would then plug the Firestick into that and use the video pass through to the TV. Or my Oppo blu ray player has HDMI in and out - if I plug the fire stick into that I would still be met with the inability to split a full resolution audio signal from the audio output. However, rather than take an analogue output, the Oppo at least provides a downsampled digital audio output at 16/48 which should be better than analogue.
An AV receiver would probably be a solution, but that would be going backward in audio quality at the prices I could afford (Lyngddorf MP60 anyone - ouch) and I don't need all the channels etc.
What have other done with their Firesticks