What is this circuit element?

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Here's the background: I am starting a multi-pronged attack on my satellite receiver (Bell 3100) to get better quality audio out of it. The lack of bass has been driving me crazy and now it has turned to obsession. The digital part is under control and I have parts on order and know what I'm doing there. Now the analog:

The attached schematic is for each channel of analog output. That is as much as I could trace out before I got lost. My question is, is the circuit acting as a high pass filter in any way? Can I do away with any part of it?


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analog_sa said:
Stop being lazy :)

I can assure you that this is the opposite of being lazy. I am trying to add optical & coax digital outputs PLUS muck around with the analog output. The problem is that since this is new territory I can never know how much bass is actually in the source signal so until I try a bunch of things I can never know if something will work.

I am baffled by the polarized cap. I suspect that the audio signal entry point is the junction of R2 R3 C2, but could it actually be serially through C2? What other use would C2 likely have?
Adding an optical output to the 3100 should not be too difficult. The sound will be clearer, less noise, and should have more bass (will still be stereo though).

Parts needed:
311-100ACT-ND X 1 = (RES 100 OHM 1/8W 5% 0805 SMD)
311-1141-1-ND X 2 = (CAP .10UF 25V CERAMIC X7R 0805)

Optical jack location

Solder locations picture

- remove solder from 3 spots shown
- solder on three smaller components 2 capacitors and one resistor
- solder in Toslink transmitter
- last drill hole and reassemble

(source: wlo from Maestra forums)

Dont know about the coax though.. you could always use a convertor box if it was really necessary.

btw let me know if you figure out any ways to improve either the analog sound out or the picture quality.. My receiver has some crappy picture quality problem. Most likely due to the lack of cooling and chips overheating.
Thanks for all your help. Just to close out the thread, I thought I would post what I finally did.

I tried bypassing all the output circuitry, in other words, op amp output through a single PP cap straight out. Difference was negligible.

I then added the Toslink output. I did wind up mucking around with the circuit a bit, but I am not completely sure if it was a connection mistake or the current FO TX requires different supporting components. I used 330R resistors and both 0.1 uF and 18 pF caps and it works regardless. As I mentioned above, the part to buy is Sharp GP1FA514TZ.

The bass is great! It is so amazing to not have my sub plate amp go into sleep mode when I watch TV! :)

As for coax output, I was satisfied with performance from the FO, so I just switched my DVD to coax from FO cabling so that I could connect everything into the smallish number of inputs in my receiver.
Dolby 5.1 or not?

I'm having a "discussion" with a friend about the modifying a 3100 for the optical output. Here is the question:

Will the 3100 output Dolby 5.1 (AC3) when there is program material encoded in 5.1? If not, what format would be output? Dolby 2.0? ProLogic?

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