Metra Helios CS-HDMABO
Audio breakout box for HDMI source components
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Our take on the Metra Helios CS-HDMABO by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
No HDMI input? No problem!
Here's a handy way to deliver true 5.1-channel surround to a home theater receiver or sound bar that doesn't have HDMI inputs. The Metra Helios CS-HDMABO splits off the audio signal from an incoming HDMI source, and sends it to your audio system through an optical digital or coaxial digital cable.
How the system works
Say you have an Apple TV that you use for streaming movies. And you have a home theater receiver or sound bar that doesn't support HDMI. Instead of sending the entire signal to your TV and relying on its audio output capabilities, simply plug the Apple TV into the CS-HDMABO. It sends video information to your TV through HDMI, and audio information to your receiver though optical digital, coaxial digital, or even a two-channel analog stereo connection.
- compact breakout box sends video information to your TV and audio information to your sound system
- ideal for sending 5.1-channel surround sound to a home theater receiver or sound bar that doesn't have HDMI inputs
- provides three audio connection methods: optical digital, coaxial digital, and analog 3.5mm stereo mini
- digital connections pass up to 5.1 channels of audio; analog output is stereo-only
- HDMI passthrough output with three selectable modes
- "pass": sends video up to 4K and audio up to 5.1 channels though HDMI out
- 2-channel: sends 2-channel audio only through all outputs
- 5.1-channel: sends 5.1 channel audio only through optical and HDMI outs
- AC power supply and 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter cable are included
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- HDMI audio breakout box
- AC power adapter (attached 45" DC cord)
- 12" Male stereo minijack to female stereo RCA adapter cable
- User Manual
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HDMI Audio Breakout Box: The Metra CS-HDMABO helps you add optical (toslink), digital coax, or 3.5mm stereo analog audio connections to an HDMI audio/video signal.
Connections: The Metra CS-HDMABO features HDMI, optical/coax digital, and analog connectivity.
- HDMI Input/Output: There is a single HDMI input and HDMI output.
- Two Digital Outputs: The two digital inputs consist of one optical (toslink) digital input and one coax (RCA) digital input.
- Analog Output: The analog output consists of a 3.5mm stereo minijack and comes with a 12" minijack-to-RCA adapter.
Audio Output Switch: The output switch determines what type of audio signal is output from the CS-HDMABO. You can select from Pass, 2ch, or 5.1ch.
- Pass: This is an HDMI pass-through mode which allows audio (up to 5.1ch) and video (up to 4K) from the HDMI input to be output from the device's HDMI output jack. There will be no audio output from any other connection.
- 2ch:This is a two channel stereo mode which allows only a 2ch stereo PCM audio signal to be output from the devices HDMI, optical (toslink), coax digital, or 3.5mm analog output terminals.
- 5.1ch: This is a 5.1 channel mode which allows a 5.1ch audio signal to be output from the device's HDMI or optical (toslink) output terminals.
AC Power Adapter: The CS-HDMABO comes with an AC power adapter which will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.
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Why did you buy this?
To split the video signal into HDMI that I can send to my TV and a separate audio that I can send to my amp that doesn't have HDMI jacks. [ Michael Feb 07, 2018 ]
I need a way to hook up new HDMI only electronics to my Harmon Kardon Receiver. [ Stefan Jun 09, 2017 ]