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Surround sound setup problem

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Since both of my component inputs on my Plasma are being used, I will be connecting my PS 3 (getting it Thursday) via HDMI. The problem is that my Surround sound receiver has both digital optical inputs occupied by my dvd recorder and my HD cable box. I know I could keep switching one of the optic cables from by DVD recorder to the PS 3 , but that is not very convenient. Are there any switchers that exist that could solve my problem or perhaps a digital optic cable that splits on one end into 2 connectors? Is there any other kind of configuration that I have overlooked? Thanks in advance for any help..


Tbill
post #2 of 15
Here is a splitter that might work.

Optical Splitter
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi Pherball66,

This is what the description states: This optical audio splitter allows you to connect one digital audio device to two optical inputs.

I want to connect 2 audio devices ( dvd recorder and ps3 ) to 1 optical input. Is there anything that can do that?

Thanks, Tbill
post #4 of 15
How about this one?

Toslink switch

and an even cheaper one.

Link
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much! That is exactly what I need. FYI, The first link you gave me has another vendor going through Amazon. I went to the vendor's website and they are selling it for $20 cheaper than going through Amazon.

Thanks again,

Tbill
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
To Pherball66 or anyone else who would care to comment,

To save myself $45 (toslink switcher and another optic cable) .... I have been told by 2 different Panasonic reps that all I need to do is connect the PS 3 via HDMI to my Panny Plasma and then run regular RCA cables (red and white) from the output of my TV to the TV input on the back of my receiver and that would give me surround sound. As I said 2 reps said that would work and another said I would only get 2 channel stereo. Anybody know for sure???

Thanks, Tbill
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by tbill1 View Post

To Pherball66 or anyone else who would care to comment,

To save myself $45 (toslink switcher and another optic cable) .... I have been told by 2 different Panasonic reps that all I need to do is connect the PS 3 via HDMI to my Panny Plasma and then run regular RCA cables (red and white) from the output of my TV to the TV input on the back of my receiver and that would give me surround sound. As I said 2 reps said that would work and another said I would only get 2 channel stereo. Anybody know for sure???

Thanks, Tbill

You would only get 2 channel, non dolby digital crap. Buy the switcher.
post #8 of 15
I agree with djpheer, you would only get 2 channel with HDMI and RCA cables.
Also with the 2nd link, It includes a free 3 or 6 foot optical cable, I don't know how much cheaper the other version through amazon was though.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, that's what I thought.

I think I solved my problem without having to spend more money...
Since Comcast does not pass the surround sound signal onto anything I record ,
I will run regular RCA cables from the output of my DVD recorder to the DVD input on my receiver. I will put the optic cable that was connected to my DVD recorder onto my PS 3. If I want to hear Surround Sound from a commercial DVD, I will just play it in the Blue Ray player.

Thanks,

Tbill
post #10 of 15
Sounds like you have it covered. Have a good one.
post #11 of 15
I've got that same switch, and it works perfectly. Only issue is that it doesn't have an IR remote, so you have to get up and switch it. I know, lazy... Works great though, go for it.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by tbill1 View Post

Thanks so much! That is exactly what I need. FYI, The first link you gave me has another vendor going through Amazon. I went to the vendor's website and they are selling it for $20 cheaper than going through Amazon.

Thanks again,

Tbill

Cheapest:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Plus you are supporting a forum sponser, monoprice is great.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Wow, Thanks

I definitely will get one now. I got my HDMI cable from Monoprice, but couldn't find the Toslink Adapter on their website. I have a question for anyone who has it...

I need to order a 10-12 foot optic cable for the ps3, but how does it connect to the back of my receiver? Do they supply something or do I have to buy another short optic cable for that?


Thanks again,
post #14 of 15
You will need another short optical cable to go from the switch to your receiver.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by DeezMFNutz View Post

Cheapest:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Plus you are supporting a forum sponser, monoprice is great.

I just received this switch about two weeks ago and have had no issues at all. It works great and is extremely cheap. Pick one up with a spare optical cable or two and you will be set. Seriously, there's no reason to not get one.
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