I've ended up in a little situation. I will soon have all of the following items and just realized I'm not sure how I will connect them to optimize my sound quality. I need to figure out the ideal connections for each of these components:
- astro mixamp 5.8 unit
- 2 astro a40 headsets
- xbox 360
- sony 55" hx850 television
- yamaha rx-v673 avr receiver
The astro mixamp 5.8 unit has one Toslink IN and one Toslink OUT.
The xbox360 and ps3 each have one Toslink OUT. No Toslink IN.
The sony 55" hx850 has one Toslink OUT. No Toslink IN.
The yamaha rx-v673 has two Toslink IN. No Toslink OUT.
My gf and I live in a condo building and typically game really late at night, so that's why we have the astro a40 headsets. But we also want surround sound through the yamaha receiver when we watch BD/DVD or stream from the two gaming consoles during normal hours. We'd never have the need to listen surround sound through the receiver and the headsets simultaneously - it would always be one at a time. I'm getting stuck on the audio connections because the yamaha rx-v673 doesn't have any Toslink OUT. So while I can run HDMI from the xbox360 and ps3 into the receiver for both video and audio, I can't get the audio stream out from the receiver to the astro mixamp 5.8. This is my dilemma.
So then I considered running Toslink OUT from the sony 55" hx850 to the astro mixamp 5.8. Theoretically, this would carry the audio stream from whatever source was connect to the television to the astro mixamp 5.8. Unfortunately from my reading here on AVS, it appears that the Toslink OUT on the television will not send the audio stream in 5.1 surround sound - it will get downstreamed to 2.0. Is this correct? If so, that defeats the purpose of spending $ to buy the astro a40s so that I could get game audio in virtual 5.1; I'd get the same 2.0 audio by plugging into the television aux/headphone OUT.
So then I thought about running Toslink directly from both the xbox360 and ps3 Toslink OUT ports to the astro mixamp 5.8's Toslink IN. Theoretically, this would work. Unfortunately the mixamp only has one Toslink IN, so we'd be stuck with unplugging the Toslink cable every time we switched from xbox360 to ps3. This seems like a pain and would result in unnecessary added wear and tear to the mixamp.
So what about a Toslink splitter? I read that Octava is recommended by others on AVS, so I searched and found this: http://goo.gl/m94Jq
Could I run Toslink directly from both the xbox360 and ps3 Toslink OUT ports to the two Toslink OUT ports on the splitter, and then run Toslink from the splitter to to the Toslink IN on the astro mixamp 5.8? Would this work? Would I have any issues with audio quality in this setup? Any advice would be much appreciated.