OK, I'm running short of digital connections and I'm running up against a wall in trying to figure out what to do about it.
I need to get everything purely digital; I have potential 5.1 audio coming from every source (currently 3 sources, soon 4), but I can currently only configure things to get 2 sources of 5.1 audio.
The problem is that my receiver, while great otherwise, only has 2 optical connections. My TV has optical out, which would
solve my problems except it only outputs 2.0 (thanks a lot, Samsung). I would consider buying a new receiver, but my furniture
doesn't allow for receivers taller than 5.75", and there are none with more than 2x HDMI that are that short.
Here's what would solve my problem: a device that extracts the audio from a single HDMI signal and converts it to optical
. If I could find a simple box like that, I would run all my sources into my current Monoprice HDMI splitter, then intercept the output with this HDMI/Toslink splitter, sending the video on via another HDMI cable to the TV and the audio to my receiver via Toslink optical.
However, I can't find such a device, and I've been all over the net for the last couple hours. I've found things that do the opposite -- combine signals into a single HDMI cable -- but nothing that splits HDMI -> [ HDMI video | Optical audio ].
I've seen the Octava 4x HDMI w/ Toslink
, but it's kind of expensive and I can't tell if it requires me to run optical IN from each source as well in order to get the separate optical out (which I don't want to do). A switch identical to my current Monoprice 4x1 with just a single optical out would be ideal.
I've attached a diagram of my current setup with notations on the relevant digital connections. You'll see that the TiVo HD is currently relegated to old-skool RCA stereo cables.
Can anyone offer any suggestions? I'm stuck!