Insignia™ - Optical/Coaxial Digital-to-Analog Converter - Black

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Easily link audio devices with digital audio outputs to devices with analog audio inputs using this Insignia™ NS-HZ313 digital-to-analog converter, which is optical or coaxial input selectable to accommodate a wide range of audio devices.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Optical/Coaxial Digital-to-Analog Converter
  • Power adapter, RCA stereo audio cable
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1167 out of 1306)

Features


Compatible with most optical and coaxial digital audio devices

For wide-ranging use.

Optical or coaxial digital input selectable

So you can connect audio devices that have digital audio outputs to devices that have analog audio inputs.

PCM stereo support

To suit your needs.


Overall customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Sony XBR55X900E TV

    Posted
    HDisthewaytogo25
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    I have used this optical converter to take the optical signal from a new Sony XBR55X900E Bravia TV and out from the converter to a Old Sony Analog Receiver/amp via RCA jacks. The quality of the sound is very good via this method and better than the Analog Headphone Jack. I tried first using the Headphone Mini stereo jack, but in that case the gain from this headphone jack was so low that I had to turn the receiver volume up so high that it was risky if anyone switched the receiver from the TV Video input to perhaps a tuner input and this would potential blow the speakers. So this optical converter is a much better option and with a PCM protocol the quality is much better from the Receiver and speakers. The only drawback is you can only use the TV remote to Mute the sound of both the TV speakers and volume from the Receiver and speakers. You cannot control the volume from the optical TV output with the TV remote. The sound quality to me outweighs the drawback of not being able to control the volume with the TV remote. You can use the Mute of the TV remote to shut the volume off of both the TV speakers and Receiver/speakers. To be clear, even if you turn the TV speakers off and set to Audio System you still cannot control the volume of the TV optical output with the TV's remote. For this setup on the TV I used the following settings with Home/Settings/Sound and the following: Speakers/TV speakers you can use Audio System but then no TV speaker volume. Headphone/Audio out/ Audio out (variable) Digital audio out/PCM Sound adjustments/ClearAudio+/On Advance settings/Common/Advance auto volume/Auto Advance settings/Common/Digital audio out volume/85 Advance settings/Common/Input related/Dolby Dynamic Dynamic Range/Standard If someone has a Receiver/Amp or home theater system with HDMI/ARC or the Optical input these would be better choices than the converter. The converter is good for using older RCA analog systems such as what I have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Analog heaphones vs TV without analog audio out

    Posted
    LL457
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    I bought a new 4k TV and afterward I realized it didn't have an analog audio (RCA or 3.5mm) output to plug my RF headphone transmitter into. I plugged my headphones into my DVR/Cable box so I could listen to TV since my husband works nights and sleeps during the day. Because my DVR didn't have any inputs that were compatible with my BluRay DVD player, I couldn't use my headphones for watching DVD's. I also had a sound bar system connected to my TV through its singular digital optical out. After analyzing all of the components and their various input/outputs, I came to the conclusion that I needed something to convert digital audio to analog which had both a digital coaxial input (for the BluRay), a digital optical input (for the DVR) AND an RCA audio output to plug my headphone RF transmitter into. Searched Best Buy and right away I found the Insignia Optical/Coaxial Digital to Analog converter. Went to my local Best Buy which had it in stock, bought the converter along with a digital optical cable and within 10 minutes of getting it home, I had everything connected and the ability to use my headphones with both my DVD and my DVR/Cable box, while leaving my soundbar system connected via optical to use when everyone in the house is awake. The sound through the converter is clear, good quality, and no lag. The other feature that the digital converter has that is necessary with this dual audio configuration is that it has a switch on the side that needs to be manually changed between coaxial or optical depending on which device you are using. But to me that is only a minor inconvenience and I am very happy to have full audio connectivity for my headphones. It also requires being plugged into an A/C power outlet. Thankfully that was the one thing I had plenty of. I discussed my plan with a Best Buy associate while I was in the store and he was very helpful answering my questions and made sure I had everything I needed to successfully implement my plan. I had considered a couple of other options, but this one was the most cost effective, had immediate availability of hardware, and simple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very good option to connect new 4K TV's

    Posted
    JonTnewuser
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    I say the above statement because when you get a new TV that only has basically HDMI connections or only light digital connection and you have a older receiver/amplifier that only has RCA connection. This little box will do the trick when you use one of those digital light cables! Now it has one down side. That is that when you do this you are restricted to a 5.1 sound system! For me that was not a problem because most receiver/amplifiers that only have RCA connection only support 5.1 system anyway! Until I was in a Best Buy Store looking at new receiver/amplifiers a Best Buys man told me he could save me some money if I did not want to replace my old receiver/amplifier! I told him that I was interested and he should show me what he was talking about! Needless to say I thought that spending around $40.00 dollars was better than spending anywhere from $700.00 to $1,500.00 dollars for a new receiver/amplifier was a good idea! Now would it work good? For me it does work good and I am happy! Now if it is the right option for you? It all depends on what equipment you have and the amount of money you want to spend! Check it out and if it is not what you want you can return it to Best Buy. Just remember that Best Buys has a time limit that they will take it back! Hope this will help anyone who is in my position, who had a good older receiver/amplifier and needed a way to connect the newer TV to it! One other thing is that I have connected everything to the TV and then the sound comes from the TV to the receiver/amplifier through this little box! This way any sound that is going into the TV will go to my older receiver/amplifier and then to the speakers! Have some fun and go and try this little box. You may be as happy with the box as I am!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Optical to RCA Converter

    Posted
    Physicsguy
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    Purchased this to convert audio output from Samsung TV to RCA for input to old stereo tuner. Took awhile to mess with Samsung settings and finally fooled it to realize that there was going to be external audio. This is TV's fault. Once set up it works well EXCEPT now and then it doesn't and to get it going again I unplug it's power and plug power back in and all is well (not removing any of the other optic and audio cables or messing with side switch. To get around this I plan to place it on a switched power output on the old stereo amp which will also save a little power when I'm not using the amplifier (which I mostly use for movies). I did not see any way of changing the volume of the tv output, so I have to use the amplifier volume control for that. I do not know much about optical audio (I am PhD Electrical Engineer but that doesn't help much with a black box) but it does not distort so guessing there's some sort of specification guidelines for these things. So in short, it works but have to buy a cable and sometimes I have to reset power (about once every hundred times I watch TV, so maybe 4 or 5 times since I purchased this). I did not see anything better and it was convenient to purchase this and the cable at Best Buy where I purchased the tv. BTW, 2 out of 3 staff there did not know anything about how to do this. I upgraded their knowledge :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate

    Posted
    ArloEight
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    I have a set of wireless headphones which were happily attached to an older television. I wanted to attach them to a new television, but, unfortunately, the connection was not compatible. The salesman at Best Buy told me that I can use this to hook it up. It does work, though there is a lag between the connection. I used to turn on the television and had an immediate connection. Now, until there is a sufficient amount of continuous sound for the device, it does not turn on. Sometimes it is a lag of only a few seconds, but sometimes it is longer. I keep my television volume on now, so that I can at least hear outside the headphones until it turns on. Unfortunately, however, it appears this is the only way to get the connection to work. Also, it was more expensive than I would have liked. Due to the price, I considered buying a new pair of wireless headphones, but I was already at Best Buy and it was just easier. Kind of regretting it - probably would have been better of with new headphones.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    D/A converter creates headphone jack on TV

    Posted
    AZsmartguy
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    My recently purchased Samsung TV doesn't have a headphone jack. In order to use my older Sony RF wireless headphones I had to use this converter. 1) Plug in the small included power block on the A/D converter. 2) Connect an optical digital audio cable (NOT included) from the TVs optical out port to this converter. 3) then plug in my Sony wireless base station to the RCA ports on this converter. Instant headphone jack on my Samsung TV. TWO sound options. 1) Sound plays through both TV speakers and headphones. 2) Sound plays through headphones only. Option #1 with my Samsung 6290 TV is the default. To select option #2 you go into menu, select SOUND then SOUND OUTPUT then scroll down to DIGITAL AUDIO OUT. To go back to TV speaker just re-select TV SPEAKER on SOUND OUTPUT menu. Easy enough. Option #1 is good if somebody is hard of hearing but others are also watching the TV. Option #2 is perfect if only headphones are needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Might actually be a 5 star product

    Posted
    Medrod
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    Samsung is getting cheap on their new, high tech TV's. I bought a SUHD TV and wanted to connect it to my sound system, however, Samsung no longer includes analog ports. I bought this D/A Converter, connected it, turned it on and, presto, all was well with my old sound system. I have one problem and I'm not sure if it is the TV or this converter. Being a "smart" TV, I can choose other sources to switch on. If I go to YouTube, the Internet, or some (but not all) alternative sources eg. Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc, I get a horrible buzzing that goes away if I switch back to the TV's audio. Bottom line for me is that it is an inexpensive fix to my problem and a minor inconvenience. I just wish I knew what's the cause of the incompatibility.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job!

    Posted
    denvincas
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    After looking at many other converter options online, I decided to purchase this one. It was more expensive but seemed to be well built and had better reviews plus I had a Reward Certificate to apply to the purchase making the price lower. I bought this to use with a new LED TV that only had digital audio out. I wanted to use an older receiver to power some external speakers. I needed to convert the digital signal into analog for the receiver. This was very easy to hook up and worked perfectly as soon as I turned everything on. I've had this about 45 days and on two occasions, it has stopped working properly. No audio getting to the receiver. I checked all the connections but the problem remained. I then unplugged the converter from the AC outlet and let it set for several minutes. Plugged it back in and it worked fine. I've had this happen two times, both times the solution was the same....unplug it from the wall outlet and then plug it back in. Has not happened for several weeks now. If not for that, I'd rate it five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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