Any Time/Warner digital boxes output PCM?

Howdy All,

First of all, "yes, I know AVS forum" would be a good place to post this! But I,m "right here, right now", so here ya go............

I would like to use the 24bit/192K DAC in my Quad 99 CDP to improve my digital audio from my Time/Warner cable tv service. I do enjoy some of the music channels and would like to see if there is a benefit to having the DACs in my Quad 99 CDP decode the digital output from my digital STB. However, my current digital STB, PACE DC550P, appears to only output Dolby Digital AC-3 output.

Does anyone know if any of the supported T/W HDTV Digital STB's can be configured to output PCM so I can use my DAC?

Thanks and Enjoy,

You might try running a search on the set top box manufacturers website--sometimes they have users manuals with more information. Sadly, I was able to discover that my Sci Atlanta box would not, in fact, down mix to PCM.
This goes back to a few years ago; I was helping a friend set up his cable box. (TW Cable) I brought over my 2ch dac and the music channels were in 48--the movie stations were in 5.1---So when you switched to HBO no audio came out of the 2ch dac.---I don't have a clue if their stuff still works this way. I also own a MSB processor with digital out,for the fronts; So dts/dd are mixed down, but still digtal.
I tried for a few years to get T-Warner to turn on the SPDIF output. (a SPDIF output connector IS on the back of the Warner digital cable box, but it did nothing)
Nothing I could do or threaten would get it turned on. Finally I just quit the cable service and pointedly told them it was primarily because of no output from the digital SPDIF output.
They didn't care.
Could you hook up both coax and optical, and assign one for say movies and use another input on processor/reciever for your digital into your DAC for music, I think that might work.
I like Chad's idea, but it probably won't work. Most of the boxes have optical, but no coax. Even if they did have both, they probably output the same feed electrically. My problem was that, in my case, the configuration of the STB would not permit you to "create" a PCM only port. Probably b/c in the absence of a PCM soundtrack, the box was too dumb to do downmixing.

Your are correct. It will not down-mix anything to PCM. It only outputs DD (5.1 or even 2.1 sometimes) via either the coax or toslink.