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Most receivers seem to have one or two digital optical audio inputs. It would be useful to have more of these - for TV, DVD, Tivo, etc. This is a particular concern when equipment has no HDMI out, or when you need to use analog video connections to access the TV captions. Is there some way around the limited digital audio connections? Could use analog audio, I suppose, but seems a shame to have to do that...
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The obvious solution would be an external optical switch. Other options include using coaxial digital audio cables, using the front panel optical input, upgrading to new equipment that has an HDMI output, or getting a receiver with three optical inputs (Yamaha RX-A1020, Onkyo TX-NR5010). You might also be able to use HDMI for audio to the receiver and analogue video to the TV, depending on the source device.

For stereo sources you won't lose any thing if you use analogue audio cables instead.
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Thanks Ross. I'm not familiar with the external optical switch - can you point me to a URL with an explanation or place to purchase? Thanks! ...Steve
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Some thing like this Monoprice optical audio switch.

You should also check whether your equipment has coaxial digital audio outputs.
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Most receivers seem to have one or two digital optical audio inputs. It would be useful to have more of these - for TV, DVD, Tivo, etc. This is a particular concern when equipment has no HDMI out, or when you need to use analog video connections to access the TV captions. Is there some way around the limited digital audio connections? Could use analog audio, I suppose, but seems a shame to have to do that...

Many receivers have 2 optical and 2 digital coax inputs. Lower end Denon receiver will only have one of each. A cable/sat box usually has both optical and digital coax. DVD will have both or one or the other.

With the advent of HDMI you will see less and less other digital inputs on the newer receivers. If you do have a need for more optical inputs that monoprice switch will do the trick.

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With the advent of HDMI you will see less and less other digital inputs on the newer receivers.

This can be a big problem for those of us who require captions. Digital captions are often garbled or non-existent, need analog connection to use the TV captions.
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You may also want to consider using wireless headphones or TVEars.

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You may also want to consider using wireless headphones or TVEars.

Thanks, but unfortunately it's not a matter of hearing the dialog, it's more to do with understanding it. Headphones etc don't work for lots of folks with hearing loss...
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TVEars has worked for many with hearing aids (to include my father) so unless your hearing loss is total, you may want to give them a go.

http://www.tvears.com/tv-ears-3-0-wireless-headset-system?gclid=CMyekeWO2LUCFQUGnQodgQsAog&promo=captel

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