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Metra ethereal CS-DAC

PCM digital-to-analog converter

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Overview

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Got a stereo audio source with digital outputs that you want to connect to a receiver or amp that only has analog inputs? Metra's CS-DAC can help you out of that jam. It supports both optical digital and coaxial digital sources. Use it to connect your CD player, network streaming device, TV, or just about any other digital audio source. Its small size and simple set up make for an easy installation.

Got a stereo audio source with digital outputs that you want to connect to a receiver or amp that only has analog inputs? Metra's CS-DAC can help you out of that jam. It supports both optical digital and coaxial digital sources. Use it to connect your CD player, network streaming device, TV, or just about any other digital audio source. Its small size and simple set up make for an easy installation.

A cool application with Sonos

"I installed this little DAC between my TV and my Sonos system — a pair of PLAY:5s and SUB that I've got in my main viewing room. It means I can use that 2.1-channel Sonos system for a big improvement in TV sound, as well as for music.

The PLAY:5s only have an analog input, so this converter was just what I needed. Now I can call up a YouTube concert on my TV's built-in smart app, and send that music all around the house to different Sonos players."
— Jim Ralston, Crutchfield editor

Note: not compatible with Dolby Digital® or DTS® sources. Please make sure your digital source can output PCM stereo audio signals.

Product Highlights:

  • digital-to-analog converter for PCM audio sources
  • supports audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • provides noise-free signal transmission
  • compact design makes for an easy installation
  • 2"W x 1-5/8"H x 1-1/16" D
  • 5V DC power supply included
  • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in your TV's audio menu. This DAC cannot decode multi-channel Dolby® Digital signals.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Digital-to-Analog audio converter
  • AC power adapter (attached 5' DC cord)
  • User Manual

Very pleased. Does exactly what I wanted it to do

Anonymous, Greensboro, NC

Reviews

Metra ethereal CS-DAC Reviews

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(17 Reviews)

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Anonymous from Greensboro, NC on 3/21/2018

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Very pleased. Does exactly what I wanted it to do

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Jim from Beverly Hills, MI on 2/27/2018

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Needed this to on the lg tv because it won't send audio signal to my denon receiver.

Pros: Works perfectly!

Cons: None

Good clean sound from New TV

Alan from Ormond Beach, FL on 2/26/2018

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Works exactly as nMarshall said it would. It is very simple to install but little more tricky to make it work. First all i got was buzzing noise but instructions say input must be PCM. Finding where to to locate the source format could be changed was a little challenging for a guy that's 80 years old. But I found it in the tv setup and once I changed it from bitstream to PCM - Voila !! Worked like a charm. Love it and my analog headset works just fine. Great product and would recommend it.

Pros: Works as it was supposed to.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Carrollton, GA on 2/18/2018

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Easy to set up and use, good product and great customer service!

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Anonymous from Livermore, CA on 2/9/2018

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Looking for a way to use our existing headphones with our new Samsung 4K TV. Who knew the new TV manufactures would not include an analog outlet on the latest TVs. Our Samsung has the Box to which makes all connections to the TV. The TV has the capability to use wireless headphones, but will only connect to set of headphones. If you have more than one person who would like to use headphones you need another solution. Crutchfield suggested the DAC which was a great solution and a very economic way to solve our problem. Our older headphones work great on our new TV!

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Ben from Northfield, VT on 1/27/2018

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Improved the sound quality for my connection of a Tv to my analog stereo.previously used the headphone output.

Pros: Cost effective sound improvement

Cons: None so far

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Anonymous from Schroon Lake, NY on 1/17/2018

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Needed this for headphones to work with my TV, staff as usual had me fixed in no time thanks

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Needed Device

Jack from Hillsboro, OH on 1/16/2018

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The connection was a little time consuming, but I figured it out in a short time. It has its own cord, so this and the headphones must be plugged in. Obviously 1 or more surge protectors would need to be used with all electronic devices involving a television. It serves its purpose, and I needed it with my Panasonic TV.

Pros: It serves its purpose to connect the headphones to my Panasonic TV.

Cons: An extra power cord and more wires make more of a maze of wires with a television.

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Anonymous from Bellevue, WA on 1/9/2018

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Works exactly like expected to connect a non-bluetooth receiver to a newer TV. Easy to connect. Depending on the cable connection between the Metro and the TV, you made need to change the TV's sound source setting.

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Great little unit

Noah from nixa missouri on 12/11/2017

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This is a nice sounding unit for the money. I have tried other units in the same price range but this unit is best by far in its price range and even similar higher priced units.

Pros: works better than expected sounds great.

Cons: none

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Anonymous from Chattanooga, TN on 7/19/2017

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Good product works well with my Alpine

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Works as advertised.

Tom from Charlottesville, VA on 7/18/2017

Works as advertised

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: None.

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Anonymous from Pleasanton, CA on 3/23/2017

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This small and inexpensive box does just what it claims. In my case I wanted to convert the digital audio signal optical output from a modern TV to analog mono on a phono jack. I haven't had it long enough to judge reliability or lifetime. In my case this is fed to an FM transmitter talking to my cochlear implant.

Pros: It works.

Cons: It does not reveal the power consumed while sitting there running away. Drives me nuts.

Great solution!

Chip from Toano, Va on 2/19/2017

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new tv had only optical output. Just don't want to give up my HK receiver amp with RCA only input. This is the perfect solution. Set the tv to pcm output, and the CS-DAConverter lit up and is nice clean tv sound. Elegant, low cost solution. Would be nice if it came with an optical cable, lucky I already had one. I couldn't be happier!

Pros: compact works perfectly!

Cons: no supplied cables

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Anonymous from Arlington, VA on 1/24/2017

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excellent product! does exactly what it is supposed to do and sounds great. My dvd player died, so I had to get a blue-ray player which due to the stupidity of the manufacturers has no RCA outputs. Now I'm back to my cable tv and all video and audio being in stereo and using my existing analog amp.

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Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 1/16/2017

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Basic DAC that allowed us to use the audio from out television through basic audio system.

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Anonymous from Rochester, MN on 11/28/2016

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Connections worked great.

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Features

Digital-to-Analog Audio Converter: The Metra CS-DAC Digital-to-Analog Audio Converter is designed for either home or professional audio sources. It converts Coaxial/Toslink PCM digital audio signals to analog L/R audio for connection to an external device such as an amplifier via standard RCA-style jacks. The CS-DAC is small in size and easy to install.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The Metra CS-DAC is fitted with one Optical (Toslink) digital input and one Coaxial (RCA) digital input. Both digital inputs support 24-bit S/PDIF 2ch PCM audio with sampling rates at 32, 44.1, 48, or 96kHz. This unit does not support Dolby Digital or DTS.

Note: If you try connecting both the Optical and Coaxial digital inputs, the CS-DAC will give priority to the Optical input.

Stereo Analog Outputs: The Metra CS-DAC features an analog stereo RCA output. It converts the Coaxial & Optical PCM digital audio input signal to analog L/R audio and outputs the signal through the stereo RCA output jacks.

Power Requirements: The Metra CS-DAC operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter (100-240V).

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Outstanding support from Ryan. [ EMMANUEL  Jan 25, 2018 ]
Advisor knowledge of my issue and hardware [ S  Jan 23, 2018 ]
Recommended by adviser [ John  Jan 13, 2018 ]
Did a lot of research on how I could go from digital to analog audio. There were cables for sale but did not think the yamaha receiver was capable of converting the signal. Per conversation with Buddy, I decided to go the more pricey route because of Crutchfields overwhelming quality service reviews and purchasing experience. There are not many companies out there with the pride and quality service provided by Crutchfield. BIG Mahalo Buddy. [ Alan  Dec 01, 2017 ]
simple and small for a tv hookup. [ Jeff  Nov 12, 2017 ]
Want to connect a newer TV to an older but very good receiver. The price for this item seemed right and it got good reviews. [ Richard  Oct 18, 2017 ]
Needed to convert HDMI digital output from Roku to analog for compatibility with new Sony ES receiver. [ Donald  Sep 24, 2017 ]
could not connect my Sony Headphone to my Samsung TV without it! [ Dale  Aug 29, 2017 ]
Abe recommended that this converter would allow us to use our external speakers with our new TV that only has optical digital audio out. [ Clarice  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Needed to hear my headphones thru the sound bar. [ J  Dec 10, 2016 ]
I needed to go from the DVD player's digital audio output to connect to my projector's analog audio imput [ John  Nov 17, 2016 ]
New surround sound amps make the speakers cut out if you plug in headphones. I hate that. Why not both? I need both when my wife and I watch movies with lots of dialog. So I need two amplifiers, one just for headphones. This box makes that possible between a new blu ray player and an old amp. [ Russell  Oct 04, 2016 ]
Suggested by an advisor, Marshall. TV only has an optic out for audio. This item will enable me to connect optic audio to an "analog in" device . [ Doug  Sep 20, 2016 ]
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