Originally Posted by pepar
More than one optical source?
edit: Not to load you up on gear, but have you considered optical and
coaxial switching? All of your sources would need both outputs, but if they did you could use one circuit for the headphones and the other for the main system.
This is the switch I am using:http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/1154A.html
As you can see, it can handle optical and coaxial. In theory, I could pass coaxial from each device through the switch, and then to my receiver. I could also pass optical from each device through the switch, and then to my headphones.
But this doesn't solve the problem, which is that the receiver cannot handle having two optical signals passed through it at all times. It can only prioritize a single always-on optical signal. For example, I can plug my cable box into optical slot #4 and then override that signal when I turn on a game console plugged in to a lower number.
However, if I plug my also always-on DVD player and the cable box in at the same time, the switch will prioritize for whichever one is in the lower # slot. One solution is to use the switch manually, but I would have to use the switch manually every time I wanted to switch anything, not just those two always-on devices.
Originally Posted by davehancock
work for you?
This would work if I placed it before the main switch in the chain, and it's a little better than having to unplug one of the always-on devices when not in use. Not to sound lazy, cheap, or unappreciative, but I would like to get this system to work 100% automatically as is before I spend $$$ on an extra device and cables.