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Hi, I have a digital receiver system.
Current I have my PC, cable box and Xbox connected by digital optical cables.
But i only have one digital optical input so have to connect them through a manual switcher.
So firstly i'd like a system that could take all these separate connections. Then I could switch between on the remote.
But I would also like to be able to play out more than one of these inputs at the same time.
For instance, play on the Xbox while also listening to some music playing from my PC.
Anyone know if there any systems that can do this - play audio from multiple sources at the same time?
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There are no receivers that can play two sources at the same time AFAIK.
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what you woul need isa mixe between the sources and the receiverr. think about it. chances are probably near zero that if you played both at once they would be in the relative volumes you want. One would be louder than you want, but you only have one volume control.
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Hi, I have a digital receiver system.
Current I have my PC, cable box and Xbox connected by digital optical cables.
But i only have one digital optical input so have to connect them through a manual switcher.
So firstly i'd like a system that could take all these separate connections. Then I could switch between on the remote.
But I would also like to be able to play out more than one of these inputs at the same time.
For instance, play on the Xbox while also listening to some music playing from my PC.
Anyone know if there any systems that can do this - play audio from multiple sources at the same time?

There are such things as digital mixers...

Ironically few have more than one digital input, and they are thousands of dollars.
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You could connect the analogue stereo output of your Xbox to the line input of your PC and have it do the mixing.
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First thing you need is a better receiver with multiple optical inputs.

but you're not going to be able to play multiple audio sources at the same time. Why would you want to hear the Xbox and listen to music at the same time? I understand if you want to watch the Xbox and listen to another source but not hear the Xbox and another source simultaneously.

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I totally get the idea of playing video games and listening to music at the same time. Back when I used to play video games, I would just play music out of my computer.
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I totally get the idea of playing video games and listening to music at the same time. Back when I used to play video games, I would just play music out of my computer.

He could do that by connecting the Xbox or cable box directly to the TV and connecting audio only to the receiver from each device. Then he can listen to whatever he wants.

by the way most cable boxes have optical and digital coax outputs so if his current receiver has a digital coax audio input he could use that too.

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Yah, I often turn off the music in games and have the radio or MP3s player instead. I still want to hear the sound effects and speach, just that after a while hearing the same music over and over in a game can get a bit monotonous.
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Ross, you could also get a receiver that supports zone 2 audio. By hooking up zone 2 speakers alongside your main speakers (instead of the conventional setup in a different room) you could send the xbox audio to your main speakers and your music source to the zone 2 speakers.
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Ross, you could also get a receiver that supports zone 2 audio. By hooking up zone 2 speakers alongside your main speakers (instead of the conventional setup in a different room) you could send the xbox audio to your main speakers and your music source to the zone 2 speakers.

Now, there's an idea!
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