Here is what I did this weekend...
As I posted a few days ago, I had bought a remote control, IR learning component switchbox at Lowe's the other day.
Digiblur posted a link to a HDMI with coaxial and Toslink ports that he used, which I thought was a really nice switchbox. But I opted to go the individual route. I ended up buying a 4 X 1 remote controlled composite switchbox, a 5 X 1 RC HDMI switchbox, and a 4 X 2 RC Toslink switchbox to go along with the RC component switchbox I already had. I got everything hooked up this weekend, except the Toslink box. (More on that later...)
On the IR learning component switchbox, I used the remote for the CM antenna rotor. 1 for the #1 position, 2 for the # 2, etc. Since the rotor control is to my left, and the switchbox is to the front, it works out great. I didn' want to use the power on of the individual device, because I figured that if it powered on the device, but for some reason it didn't switch the box to the right input, and I tried it again, it might put the box to the right port, but then turn off the device... hence the decision to use the rotor control remote. Worked out perfectly. Each other switchbox has an included remote.
Now to the Toslink box... Went to Wally World and indeed they had Toslink cables. The one on Twin City had two, both of them 3 footers. That won't work... Had them call the store on Memorial. They had one... and 8 footer. Bridge City... none. Went over to Rat Shack. $32 for an 8 footer... I don't think so. Blew it off and went home to start the connecting process for all the other boxes.
On Amazon.com I found a site that had five 6 foot long Toslink cables for $2.56 each, and free shipping. So I bought them all, and they are on the way.
Everything is working great, although I don't think I ever saw as many wires in one spot outside of a radio or TV station...
I have 4 devices that have coaxial digital audio capability, 5 that have Toslink (counting the TV), 3 that have HDMI, and 7 total that have composite outs including an old laser disc player (of course not all of these need to be hooked up).
Now to the one problem that I have encountered... I always have had what I consider a low line level audio volume level coming out of the converter box that I will use to record over the air into a Samsung DVD/VCR. I am going to also use the cable box to record to the same device whenever I need to. The line level audio from the cable box has never been what I would call great either. but it was OK.
The problem is that when the audio from the converter box and the cable box is routed through the composite switchbox, there seems to be a considerable amount of audio volume loss, making it very hard to hear. I lose maybe a third of the volume level that was low to begin with. the other devices that I have hooked up to the Samsung are OK, because there is not a low volume issue to begin with.
So, I think I have (somewhere) an old, small amplifier that I will hook the line level audio out of the composite switchbox into, then boost it up to get me back up to where the level needs to be. That is the only solution that I can come up with. If anyone else has any other ideas, I surely would like to hear them. I would like to hear everybody's ideas. Thanks.