Originally Posted by mikemav
Or, how about a DH receiver that doesn't mute the pre-outs (or leaves it an option) with headphones connected?
I have an option for this that should work... it does however require you to spend a little extra cash. Here's my solution:
1) Buy a receiver that offers the features you need, including the HDMI inputs with switching and decoding, but ENSURE that the receiver also outputs the HDMI audio stream via TOSlink. Most receivers that offer this are multi-zone capable. It must also have pre-outs.
2) Buy the JVC SU-DH1 and a long TOSlink cable that allows you to comfortably run it from the output on your receiver to the input of the JVC adapter. This will require an adapter from standard to mini-TOSlink for the connection to the JVC unit. Ideally you will locate the JVC unit on a stable surface beside your seating position.
3) Wire your choice of tactile transducer to your sub pre-out on the receiver.
Voila! You now plug your headphones into the JVC which encodes the digital stream from DD, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS or MPEG-2 AAC into Dolby Headphone. Turn down the volume on your receiver and the pre-out for the sub will still feed your Buttkicker! You now have both Dolby Headphone and tactile transducer with the extra HDMI capability afforded by a full AV receiver.
I haven't tested this fully as I don't have a tactile transducer on hand at the moment, nor has my extended length TOSlink cable arrived from Monoprice.
Optional: get a headphone amp and put it in series with the JVC unit so you drive your headphones with enough power. I am still amazed at how much better my JVC sounds when I run it through my headphone amp and then to my headphones.