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iPod/mp3 to home theater, help

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by G-Lock808, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. G-Lock808


    Aug 17, 2009
    Mid Pac.
    How would I or can I even hook up an iPod or any MP3 player to this home theater system? It has optical inputs and no 3.5 mm inputs.

    I'm looking for a budget 2.1 system for movies and occasional music. They've got these at sears for $199. If you have any other suggestions on a 2.1 NON soundbar system under $300 thats better than the panasonic, let me know.

  2. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

    Jan 26, 2012
    Kettering, OH
    doesn't look like you can unless it could work over Bluetooth

  3. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    You can hook your iPod up via your tv if it has an unused HDMI connection, but the tv will have to be turned on while playing music.
  4. An amplifier without an analog input? I just realized I'm old. :crying:

    Your pretty much only option is to buy a converter from analog audio to Toslink. That should cost you around 30-40 dollars, including the cables.

    Added: The cable certifiedfunds mentioned can only be used with special 3.5mm connectors that have both electrical and optical outputs. Non-Mac mp3 players are unlikely to have it; you will need a standalone converter like this:

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  5. tehan2

    tehan2 NRA & GOAL

    Mar 14, 2006
    Breaking the law in CT
    apple tv...
    I think I saw them on sale for $89
  6. kensb2

    kensb2 pistol n00b

    Mar 19, 2012
    Apache, OK
    You aren't that old CoD, it's that this system doesn't have a real amplifier. This is a "you get what you pay for" type of situation. I understand the OP doesn't want to go broke on this, but when you take the cheaper way out, you sometimes have to sacrifice functionality. One of my co-workers bought a THIB where the Blu-ray player is also the receiver/amplifier. It only had 1 HDMI input on it, nothing else. He had issues trying to listen to music channels through his cable box, and was pretty frustrated with the overall experience.

    OP: Do you HAVE to have a soundbar, or is it just a convenience thing? You could always set this system up as 3.1 (no rear speakers), and not have to worry about running speaker wire all over the room: [ame=""] Onkyo HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package: Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame] You'll have no issues connecting an iPod to this.
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  7. Thanks, I feel better now! :wavey:
  8. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    This. Bluetooth would do it. New Nano has BT, touch has had it for awhile.

    If you get an Apple TV for 99 bucks, i think that has hdmi. you can stream to the apple tv unit and the ATV pipes it in thru hdmi.
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  9. GD2J

    GD2J GoDirectly2Jail

    Feb 25, 2006
    The Old Dominion
    That system DOES NOT have Bluetooth connectivity. You should be just fine with something more to purchase.
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  10. Except one minor problem: the amplifier in question does not have any Bluetooth capabilities. :whistling:
  11. Where did you read that? The owner's manual does not mention any Bluetooth.
  12. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

    May 10, 2003
    That's what I did!
  13. Jack_Pine

    Jack_Pine CLM

    Feb 3, 2009
    Excuse, don't want to hijack, but would these solutions work for playing music from an IPAD as well?
  14. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Why a 2.1 system and not a 5.1 or 7.1 system? They have more inputs, and can be set to stereo mode if you want, and you can find them in the $200-$300 range.
  15. GD2J

    GD2J GoDirectly2Jail

    Feb 25, 2006
    The Old Dominion
    D'oh! Misread the specs page. Sorry.
  16. Yep, that spec page is a bit misleading - all possible features are listed in bold letters, and then there is a tiny little dash that means "feature is not present". :dunno:
  17. GD2J

    GD2J GoDirectly2Jail

    Feb 25, 2006
    The Old Dominion
    That's exactly what happened. I went ahead and edited my original post.
  18. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    Yes they would.