I just got 2 toslink splitters from ebay. Both don't seem to work with my optical cables. I don't have any issues with the cables, and I've ensured that only one device is on when plugged into the splitter. I'm wondering if anyone with experience with these splitters has had a similar issue? Could I possibly have 2 defective splitters on my hands, or do I need very high quality toslink cables for this to work?
Here's what I Tried
1. I have a DVD player and an Xbox, both with optical outputs. Both devices have been tested on my receiver with my optical toslink cables.
2. I first attempt to get only 1 device to work through the splitter, so I test the xbox first.
3. I plug 1 toslink cable into the receiver and the other into the xbox.
4. I turn everything on, and just for kicks, I hold the open ends of the 2 toslink cables together (without the splitter) so that the red beam shines from one open jack into the other. The sound on my receiver for the xbox works.
5. Then I plug the 2 open jacks into each side of the splitter, and then sound doesn't work. However, when I plug the xbox into the splitter, I can see the red dot on the other end of the splitter, so it appears that the signal is passing through the splitter. The only thing that seems odd is that I can actually see 2 very small red dots on the one end of the splitter (not just one dot). I don't understand why there are 2 dots when I'm only passing one signal through?
6. I tried plugging in the DVD player to the splitter (with the xbox as well), thinking that maybe 2 devices had to be pugged in for the splitter to work. I made sure the DVD player was off/unplugged before I tested the xbox again. Still, this didn't work.
7. I then checked the DVD player on the splitter (turned off the xbox), and that didn't work either.
Any help would be much appreciated.