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Simplified MFG DAC1

HDMI audio extractor with multi-channel-to-stereo downmixing

Item # 297DAC1

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About the Simplified MFG DAC1

James Ralston

Connect an HDMI source to your non-HDMI-equipped gear

This handy little problem-solver from Simplified MFG lets you connect an HDMI source like a 4K Blu-ray player to receivers, amplifiers, and other devices that don't have HDMI inputs. The DAC1 has an HDMI input for your source, plus an HDMI passthrough output for sending the signal onto your TV. Stereo RCA analog and optical digital audio output jacks let you send signals to your receiver, amp, or home audio system. If your connected source outputs Dolby® or DTS®, this adapter can downmix those multi-channel signals to stereo and pass them along to your audio system.

Product highlights:

  • lets you send audio signals from an HDMI source to non-HDMI-equipped A/V components
  • supports Dolby® and DTS® multichannel surround sound formats
  • downmixes multi-channel audio signals to stereo
  • passes 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) content at up to 60 frames per second
  • supports HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.2
  • supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) signals, including HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision®
  • supports 3D-encoded content
  • HDMI input
  • HDMI passthrough output
  • stereo RCA analog output
  • Toslink optical digital audio output
Dimensions & other info:
  • 2-15/16"W x 13/16"H x 2-7/16"D
  • AC power adapter included
  • weight: 4.8 oz.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • MFR # DAC1

What's in the box:

  • HDMI audio extractor
  • AC power adapter (attached 59" DC cord)
  • User Manual

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HDMI Audio Extractor: The DAC1 HDMI audio extractor from Simplified by MFG can be used to extract audio from any HDMI compliant source device and output the audio signal as an unaltered multichannel audio signal via HDMI, a down-mixed 5.1ch audio signal via optical (toslink) digital, or a down-mixed 2ch audio signal via stereo analog RCA.

HDMI 2.0b Input/Output: The DAC1 HDMI audio extractor is outfitted with one HDMI 2.0b input and one HDMI 2.0b output that supports up to 18 Gbps. Both HDMI jacks are HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 compliant. It will pass an unaltered audio/video signal, as well as HDMI-CEC from the HDMI 2.0b input to the HDMI 2.0b output.

  • Video Resolutions: 4K@50/60Hz (4:2:2), 4K@30Hz (4:4:4), 1080p@120Hz, and 1080p/3D@60Hz
  • HDR Formats: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision - all up to 10-bit
  • Audio Formats: LPCM (2/5.1/7.1ch), Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X - all up to 192kHz.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The DAC1 HDMI audio extractor offers a stereo analog RCA output and an optical (toslink) digital output.

  • Stereo RCA: The HDMI input's audio signal of the DAC1 can be output in 2ch stereo via the unit's stereo analog RCA output.
  • Optical Toslink Digital: The HDMI input's audio signal of the DAC1 can be output in PCM (2ch/5.1ch), Dolby Digital (5.1ch), or DTS (5.1ch) via the unit's optical (toslink) digital output.

AC Power Adapter: The included AC power adapter plugs into the DAC1 HDMI audio extractor and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector.

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5 questions already asked

Is audio volume controlled by the source? I have an Nvidia Shield Pro.
ted  Sep 03, 2023
1 answer
Audio volume would not be controlled by the source device. It would be controlled by whichever amplifier/receiver/soundbar/etc that is connected to the audio output of the MFG DAC1.
zachary  Sep 03, 2023 (Staff)
Can it SIMULTANEOUSLY send a Dolby Atmos signal via HDMI, and an analog signal via RCA?
chris  Aug 10, 2023
1 answer
It will pass Dolby Atmos while simultaneously downmixing for the RCA or optical outputs.
zachary  Aug 10, 2023 (Staff)
Does this have an actual digital to analog converter? Do you get an analog singal out of the RCA outs?
scott gregory  Nov 03, 2021
1 answer
The input is digital from the hdmi connector which carries both video and analog. The circuitry is able to extract the digital audio signal and output to digital or for me, the analog RCA outputs. This device has the highest quality audio output and video pass through specs over all devices under $500 i could find. I love it. I have a Denon 3805 AVR and used it for a analog Zone 2 experience as most AVRS with 7.1 channels do not have a built-in DAC for zone 2, so digital inputs can never be used for zone 2. A 11.1 or 13.1 AVRs do have hdmi zone 2 or 3 outputs, but STILL require a device to convert to analog. Highly recommend this device. Other $20 or $50 devices are terrible, ruining audio quality. Also this device supports the newer audio and video standards. Hope this helps.
david  Nov 04, 2021
Does the HDMI pass through send audio as well as video? I could use this to send audio over HDMI and stereo RCA simultaneously?
josh  Aug 18, 2021
1 answer
The HDMI output does pass audio as well as video allowing it and the audio outputs to all output audio
jason  Aug 18, 2021 (Staff)
does this work with netflicks from a roku 4k device?
nicholas  Jun 27, 2021
2 answers
Yes. That is how I use mine. I think an additional question to ask is where you are sending the 'extracted' audio? That is what this device is really about.
kent  Jun 30, 2021
This will work with Roku devices for any of the streaming services they support!
jason  Jun 29, 2021 (Staff)

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