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Old 06-23-2019, 04:25 PM   #21
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Also my DVD player doesn't work like it wasn't hooked up to the TV. There is no input like a secondary HDMI source to select
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:59 PM   #22
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Hello Everyone

I have a 2019 3121RL with the same issues with sound. The TV looks great in the cabinet, however you loose all the sound in the back. (Very poor planning) The radio/CD/DVD system and speakers Montana uses are junk. Very disappointed with the poor quality. My solution was to install a VIZO 2.1 sound bar. (Walmart $98) I used the optic output from the TV to the sound bar. I turn down the volume on the TV and use the sound bar volume. Works great and the sound is now outstanding.

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Old 06-23-2019, 10:13 PM   #23
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ArkansasNWA...Thanks for explaining your fix. I am planning to get a sound bar but unsure which is the optic output on the back. If you have a chance to snap a photo of that port on your tv, I would love to see that. Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:51 AM   #24
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Optic input

Here are pics of an optic cable and an optic input on a TV (pic from web search not the TV in my Monte). I use a Bose solo sound bar sitting behind the TV and hooked up thru the optic input ( + I think I turned the TV speakers off thru the TV menu setup somewhere). Got the Bose at Sams for about $200 to use in my previous RV and moved it to the Monte.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:18 AM   #25
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The pics mikendebbie sent are what you want to look for on your TV. The optical cable is basically a fiber cable that carries the audio through a light source. You need to be careful when installing the cable because is is very sensitive to bending. The end connectors will only connect in one position so make sure you do not damage the tips. The cable is a bit pricey, but the results are great.
I mounted my sound bar above the TV on the slide header and run the cables (optic and power) around the back side of the slide; They hide neatly. The only drawback, which is minor, I install/reinstall the sound bar each time I move the RV.

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Old 06-24-2019, 08:16 AM   #26
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Thanks Mikeanddebbie. I see what you are referring to, but unfortunately I don't have a slot for optic cable on my tv. All I see is a red & white plug in for audio out. Looks like they didn't put the latest type of tv in our 2019 3790RD. Will research if any sound bars still use those type of cables.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:41 AM   #27
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My problem is there is no optic input on the TV to plug my soundbar into. I use a digital rf cable to the sound bar and TV but still get no sound out of it. I tried the HDMI ARC and it doesn't work. Its like the hoke unit isn't hooked up. How do you access the back of the stereo unit or take it out?
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When we took delivery of our unit, I found the HDMI cable from the TV to the Jensen DVD player/stereo was not connected. I removed the screws holding the DVD player pulled it forward and made the connection. Trying to play a DVD movie (not Blueray) was how we discovered the issue. With that connection the ARC mode allows TV sound through Stereo
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:38 PM   #29
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There are two plastic caps covering screws that hold the DVD unit on the front sides. I popped them off and removed the screws. The HDMI cable was sitting in hole in the back and was not connected to the obvious input in the DVD stereo.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:39 PM   #30
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I got my son to figure out both how to hook up the Sound bar and also discovered the HDMI cable had fallen out. Thanks for all everyone's input.
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