NODE (N130) HDMI Port

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    The HDMI port on all Bluesound Players is an input only and designed to be an outgoing source of your TV's eARC HDMI port. BluOS does support CEC when used with HDMI ports.

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    Marc Douglas

    Will the HDMI input support a chromecast 3rd gen device? A cheap way to add chromecast support to the product.

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    Sam R.

    I don't believe it will work with a Chromecast 3rd Gen as the N130's HDMI is eARC, and the Chromecast puts out a video+audio signal, the N130 wouldn't be able to handle it. 

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    Randle

    Simplest solution is the Chromecast Audio into optical. A new possibility is to buy a small TV that supports ARC with either Chromecast built in or a dongle. This is the smallest I could find and it has Chromecast and an ethernet port VIZIO D-Series™ 24” Class (23.5" Diag.) Smart TV | D24f-G1CloseClose | D24f-G1

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    David Murphy

    I am looking at connecting the Audio-Only HDMI output of a Sony UBP-X800M2 SACD/DVD-A player to the input of the Node, then connecting to my DAC (only have one Coax input).  I want to confirm the HDMI input on the node will pass this signal out to the Digital Out on the Node to my DAC.

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    Sam R.

    David - that ideally should work, HDMI Audio into the NODE and Coax out of the NODE to an external DAC, so long as the output of the Sony player is eARC/Audio only (as you've mentioned, though I'd recommend testing because you can never be too cautious).

    Also good to note that the NODE cannot decode SACD/DSD over HDMI natively, so ensure that any SACD decoding is done from the SACD player. 

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    David Murphy

    Thanks Sam.  Does the NODE support LPCM?  Looks like using the HDMI-Audio output the Sony can send DSD, LPCM, or PCM signal.  My understanding is that the LPCM would be higher quality than the PCM.  Or would the NODE only support PCM into the HDMI?

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    Sam R.

    Yes, the NODE supports LPCM and PCM, so long as its 2-channel/2.0. This difference is key as 'LPCM' will sometimes be used as a term synonymous to '5.1 multichannel PCM' (or: non-Dolby surround).

    (LPCM and PCM are quite similar but the distinguishing factor has been lost to improper and inconsistent usage across devices.)

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    Michael Burns

    So the consensus on the Chromecast Gen 3 is a no go because the N130 does not handle video?  I ran a test via Chromecast to hdmi splitter.  Splitter out 1 to N130 and Splitter out 2 to video monitor.  Set chromecast to stereo only.  Got video to pass to the TV no problem.  No audio on N130 when set to eARC input.  Ideas?

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    HI Michael - not sure how you came to the conclusion regarding there is no Chromecast in BluOS because of video. You are right that we do not support Chromecast but that is not the reason. Please see this thread and comment from our head of BluOS Business Development, Andrew H. for more details on our current Chromecast status; https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360034972134/comments/360013370074

     

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    Michael Burns

    Tony,  I am not trying to get Google voice commands or to control it inside the Bluos remote app.  I just want to get sound from it into the eARC HDMI input.  I tried the above configuration and got no sound.  My supposition above was based on an earlier comment in this string  by Sam R.

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    Michael Burns

    Have now tried with a Gen 3 Chromecast w/ Google TV.  Same issue.  No sound via HDMI eARC input on the Node.  Node set to HDMI input.  Gen 3 set to output stereo only.  Again  I do not expect control inside the bluos app.  Just want sound from the CC to play into the Node.  

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  • Hi Michael

    The issue you are seeing is not related to your Bluesound NODE. Please contact your TV Manufacturer and ensure your TV support eARC pass-through when using Google Cast.

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