Technical Discussion
  >> Audio and Music Forum


Register (or login) on our website and you will not see this ad.


  Print Thread
Standard User ConorMK
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 12:19:04
Print Post

optical audio switch


[link to this post]
 
Im looking for a switch that will allow 5 inputs to one output.

I have
1 PS3
1 Sky+HD
1 Bluray 3D Player
1 Apple TV
1 TV

Most i can find is 4.

Any suggestions?

Conor

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation
BQM
Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 12:30:55
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: ConorMK] [link to this post]
 
Do you need to connect in that way?

If the TV has an optical out then connecting the TV optical out to your sound system which will give you the audio for whatever HDMI input you have selected on the TV.

The only issue is if you want audio only (with TV off to save power), for example when using Apple TV as speakers for iTunes/iPhone.

O2 Broadband Premium LLU
Now on twitter @timmay2
Standard User ConorMK
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 12:53:10
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: 5km] [link to this post]
 
Will the sound be fed as DD /DTS as it would normally?

Conor

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation
BQM


Register (or login) on our website and you will not see this ad.

Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 13:07:57
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: ConorMK] [link to this post]
 
Should be, although that is probably dependant on what the TV supports and what it is supplied with.

Mine outputs either DD (5.1) or PCM (stereo).

You can easily test this set-up as you will already have the cables necessary just plug them in the right places. i.e. take an optical cable from one of your devices and put it between the TV and your sound system. If it works you won't need to buy anything smile

O2 Broadband Premium LLU
Now on twitter @timmay2
Standard User ConorMK
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 15:19:44
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: 5km] [link to this post]
 
Tried it with the cable but all i get is PCM. The option for DD is disabled.

Conor

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation
BQM
Standard User ConorMK
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 15:27:41
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: 5km] [link to this post]
 
On further investigation it seems the TV does not decode via HDMI so optical audio only outputs in PCM.

How rubbish is that?

Conor

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation
BQM
Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 15:46:19
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: ConorMK] [link to this post]
 
That's annoying!

What are you using for your surround sound? Is there only one optical input? Are there any HDMI in's?

O2 Broadband Premium LLU
Now on twitter @timmay2
Standard User ConorMK
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 20:24:34
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: 5km] [link to this post]
 
We have an early Bose lifestyle system which has all component connections and one optical in and one out.

Conor

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation
BQM
Standard User 5km
(knowledge is power) Mon 26-Dec-11 21:17:03
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: ConorMK] [link to this post]
 
You don't need the TV connected unless actually using the built-in TV tuner, which I doubt you'll use as you have Sky. That means you only need a 4 port switch.

O2 Broadband Premium LLU
Now on twitter @timmay2
Standard User Daniel_g
(learned) Tue 27-Dec-11 10:24:04
Print Post

Re: optical audio switch


[re: ConorMK] [link to this post]
 
Hello

I made a coaxial (phono socket type) to optical converter once with not many components, was 11 years ago and now they are about £6 on CPC as checked that company for the switcher box with no joy.
I am not sure they exist, spent 20 minutes looking and if google is a no then not much chance!.

Does the amp have a coaxial digital input as wel then could convert one bit of kits output to that and use that amp input not used (if it exists, guess not or you would).

The nasty silver grey plastic switchers are £5 each so could plug 3 into 1 of them , take out put to another and the 2 other audio/ visual kit or games machine to that as well so 2 boxes, messy but works.

I have a surround sound amp last Dec and all the bits freeview Hard disk rec, bluray and telly go into that on HDMI and the correct HDMI on the telly, only number 2 outputs telly sound and it all goes, has 2 optical inputs as well that 1 is used for digital radio.

Newer amps, loads of inputs!.
and no need for nasty red, white and yellow plugs, digital all the way.

Would the 2, 3 way boxes daisy chained be a winner, if not a bit messy.
  Print Thread

Jump to