Want to use old home theater speaker system with newer BR players

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  1. DiscostewSM
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    So the main unit for the home theater system my parents used, a Philips MX5600/37 (very much outdated but worked well for this long), has gone out, first with the disc changer being unable to even eject the discs or even read them, and with my father having passed away months ago, my mom is left with this situation. I'm trying to help her decide what she wants to do. She wants to keep the surround sound system because it works so well, but the connections for that are of the old speaker systems with exposed cable and jacks in the unit (in image below on the left).

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    She wants to get a new player from Costco (being an elderly widow with not much disposable income), but what she's looking at are not home theater units, they lack the kind of connections needed.

    I guess what I want to ask is, is there a (cheap enough) converter or something that could extract 5.1 surround sound out of HDMI to be used with the surround sound speakers she has? If money wasn't an issue, she'd probably replace it all, but she can't. She'd have to make due with the HDMI-to-RCA converter my dad bought not long before his passing until she can save enough for a new TV that would have HDMI-in on it.
     
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    I had one of those kind (not that brand) and we bought a blu-ray home theater set with new speakers and everything... But it had HDMI stuff. and I've had nothing but trouble with it. It seems like HDMI is only able to do stereo unless you're more tech savvy than me, (Master of science and engineering (IT) and Mensa member... but I'm really bad with all this junk).
    If I were you / her, I'd try to make sure that device could still work by connecting a disc player to it via an optical cable (if it has a port for that). and then connect the video signal to the TV by whatever cable works.
     
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    They pretty much all include optical input these days, very few units except they higher end units include hdmi-in
    alot of the units use proprietary connections to the rear of the main unit, however there is nothing stoping you from just splicing the wires together from your existing cables
     
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    Well, the thing that doesn't work is the DVD player on the home theater unit. Everything else works. To be honest, I always thought the player would go first on it because it's a 5-disc changer, and to me, that's just asking for trouble. Anyways, the home theater unit has digital in (as shown in the picture), so with a new player that has digital out and a special connector, I could benefit from using both?