Ok guys I have something I just discovered which leads me to a theory. Now try and follow me here!
I plugged the dock into the wall charger.
Plugged in the HDMI cable.
Plugged the HDMI cable into the converter.
Took the converter off the DC-DC and wired the wall charger back on. Then plugged that in and got the Red led signaling that the converter is on.
I then checked the Optical output by opening the door, and I have no light which means no signal. I've even plugged the cable in and same thing, no signal.
So I unplugged the converter from the wall, then just cause, I looked at the LED and it was dimly lit. First I thought it was the sun, then I unplugged the HDMI cable and it went out.
So not really understanding what I just did, or what happened I did it again. I looked at the LED this time when I plugged in the HDMI cable and got nothing. The LED was out, not dimly lit, nothing.
Plugged the converter back in, LED lit up, and then unplugged it again. Same thing, the LED was lit dimly and when I unplugged the HDMI cable, it went out.
This leads me to a theory that I'd like to share and explore with you guys. My theory is this. The HDMI cable needs a power source to make the High Def signal. When the HDMI cable is plugged in, it doesn't have enough power to turn on the converter. But when the converter is powered on, and then subsequently unplugged, there's power in there left over, allowing the power from the HDMI cable to continue powering it minimally. I mean look it ain't much, but it is power. Bottom line is, what this tells me is that there is a signal being sent from the dock itself.
I think I have a bad converter. I think there's something wrong between the input of the HDMI cable into the converter, and the components that break down the signal and send them to the outputs.
What do you all think? Again, this dock and cable work on a regular tv with HDMI.