What if i went this route:
off of one of these:
The switch box has 2 optic outputs. One i can take directly to the receiver for 5.1, and the second output i can take to the analog converter... so that way i could take both the analog and optic in to the same source.
If i did that, THEN would the receiver pipe out analog sound to the analog rca stereo output so i can pass it through to my device? Or will it still default to optic even though i have analog plugged in to the source?
FYI i'm actually making the issue simpler then it is for purposes of a quick answer, but what i'm actually doing is daisy chaining 2 onkyo nr609's together. it's not passing any sound out to the second receiver via hdmi or analog. I have optic going in, and hdmi + analog going out to the second receiver. Not picking up any sound at all, even when i set the "tv audio out" passthrough option to on (which is killing my surround which also is not an option).
I dont necessarily need surround out to my second receiver... stereo will do fine and is preferred so zone 2 is supported, though i would need my primary receiver to pass analog out to the secondary receiver.
Is my above idea sound? It should work, no? I guess the only question in my head really is if i have optic mapped to the source, and have both optic and analog going in to that input, is it going to flat out ignore the analog signal if i select optic as the audio input source for that input, causing the analog output to also not be supported? If this is the case then my idea will NOT work and i will need to try something else.
This is way more complicated then it needs to be imo.