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Metra CS-HDMABO3

HDMI audio de-embedder with pass-through (18Gbps bandwidth)

Item # 120HDMABO3

This handy converter adds optical digital and analog stereo connections to an HDMI-only audio/video source.

This handy converter adds optical digital and analog stereo connections to an HDMI-only audio/video source.

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Item # 120HDMABO3

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About the Metra CS-HDMABO3

Distribute sound to different gear

Some set-top boxes and other audio/video sources only have HDMI outputs. But some audio gear — especially older systems — don't have HDMI inputs. That's where Metra's CS-HDMABO3 comes in. It accepts HDMI connections and gives you separate optical digital and 3.5mm analog stereo outputs for hooking up your components.

Distribute sound to different gear

Some set-top boxes and other audio/video sources only have HDMI outputs. But some audio gear — especially older systems — don't have HDMI inputs. That's where Metra's CS-HDMABO3 comes in. It accepts HDMI connections and gives you separate optical digital and 3.5mm analog stereo outputs for hooking up your components.

HDMI input and pass-through output

Connect your source to the adapter's HDMI input. The audio and video signal pass through the adapter. The HDMI output delivers the signal to a separate device without any loss in audio quality, video quality, or functionality. These HDMI 2.0 connections support video resolution up to 4K/60Hz, including 3D and HDR-encoded signals.

5.1-channel surround sound

Metra's de-embedder can pass 5.1-channel Dolby® Digital and DTS signals through its optical digital output. At the same time, it will output the 5.1 audio through its HDMI output.

Note: in this mode, the stereo minijack is disabled.

2-channel stereo

If you set your source's output to stereo, the Metra CS-HDMABO3 can pass the two-channel audio signal through all three outputs: HDMI, optical digital, and 3.5mm analog stereo.

Note: does not downmix Dolby® or DTS encoded audio.

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Product highlights:

  • extracts audio from an HDMI input and sends a digital or analog signal to a separate device
    • HDMI pass-through output
    • optical digital output
    • 3.5mm analog stereo output
  • "5.1ch" mode passes 5.1-channel audio to HDMI and optical digital outputs
    • analog stereo output disabled
  • "2ch" mode passes 2-channel stereo to all the outputs, including HDMI
    • does not downmix Dolby® or DTS encoded audio
  • supports HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and earlier versions
    • up to 18Gbps bandwidth
    • up to 4K/60Hz video resolution
    • supports 3D and HDR-encoded signals
  • 3-1/16"W x 7/8"H x 3-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CS-HDMABO3

What's in the box:

  • HDMI audio de-embedder with pass-through
  • AC power adapter (attached 4' DC cord)
  • 2 Brackets
  • 4 Screws
  • User Manual

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Features

HDMI Audio De-Embedder with Pass-Through: The Metra Ethereal CS-HDMABO3 allows you to take an HDMI source and de-embed the audio for use on either an optical audio connection or stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog connection, all while still passing audio through on the HDMI output, preserving the quality of sound. The CS-HDMABO3 will passthrough a native 5.1ch LPCM or 2ch PCM audio signal (does not support downmixing of Dolby Digital or DTS encoded audio).

Connectivity: The Metra Ethereal CS-HDMABO3 is equipped with a HDMI input and output, toslink optical digital output and a stereo minijack (3.5mm) output.

  • HDMI 2.0: Both the HDMI input and output meet HDMI 2.0 specifications and are HDCP 2.2 compliant. The HDMI input and output support speeds up to 18Gbps, offer video up to 4K/60Hz with 4:4:4 color sub-sampling (including 10-bit HDR), and deliver a variety of audio formats (up to 196kHz) - including 2ch PCM & 5.1ch LPCM, Dolby Digital & Dolby Digital TrueHD, as well as DTS & DTS-HD. The HDMI input and output also support 1080p/3D video and provide CEC pass-through.
  • Optical Toslink: The toslink optical digital output supports 5.1ch LPCM or 2ch PCM audio signals (up to 96kHz), including Dolby Digital and DTS.
  • Stereo Minijack: The stereo analog minijack (3.5mm) output supports 2ch audio only.

Note: If you experience sources not visible after a power cycle, but appear after powering the CS-HDMABO3 off and on, please turn the CEC functions off on connected displays. The CS-HDMABO3 will pass CEC commands, including the power down/sleep command sent from the display to the AV source device.

Settings: The Settings switch on the CS-HDMABO3allows you to select the type of audio signal that is sent to your TV or AV receiver.

  • 2.0Ch: When set to the 2.0ch mode, all the outputs (including HDMI, Optical Toslink, and Stereo Minijack) will be output at 2ch stereo.
  • 5.1Ch: When set to 5.1ch, the HDMI and Optical Toslink jacks will output a 5.1 multichannel audio signal (the Stereo Minijack port will be disabled).
  • Pass-Through: When set to Pass-Through, the audio output will be determined by the supported audio channel of the connected HDMI display orand sound system. The Optical Toslink or Stereo Minijack may or may not be active.

Note: The CS-HDMABO3 does not downmix Dolby Digital or DTS encoded audio.

AC Power Adapter: The Metra Ethereal CS-HDMABO3 includes an AC power adapter with attached 5' DC cord.

Mounting Options: The CS-HDMABO3 comes with two brackets and four screws to mount the brackets to the HDMI audio de-embedder. The mounting brackets allow you to secure the HDMI splitter to a shelf (mounting screws for shelf not included).

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