I have been a happy owner of an Onkyo 805 for about two months now (it has the latest 1.08 firmware and DSP updates). For this past week though I have been pulling my hair out trying to make something work and I figure before I totally give up on it, I should run it by the knowledgeable people here at AVS. Maybe someone can suggest a clever solution?
HDMI 1: Toshiba HD-A35
HDMI 2: Playstation 3
HDMI 3: AppleTV, Xbox 360, TiVoHD (using a Gefen switch)
HDMI out to Sony XBR4.
Recently when I was going through my "haven't used these in a while" pile of AV stuff and dug up a pair of Pioneer SE-DIR800C wireless surround headphones. They come with a receiver base that has three inputs: optical, digital coax and stereo (L/R). The receiver is able to decode DTS and Dolby 5.1 signals, as well as converting stereo to Dolby Pro Logic II. The headphones are pretty awesome, you do get a surround-like sound experience on your ears with a DTS/Dolby source material.
I'd really like to use these for late night viewing/games. However, I have not been able to find a way to passthrough digital signal to the headphones receiver using the 805. Here are some solutions I tried and why I consider them lacking:
1. Utilize Zone 2 on the 805. However, Zone 2 is stereo only hookup. I might as well use the headphone jack on the 805.
2. Using the digital optical out on the 805. Had high hopes for this (as it would be precisely what I need), but it did not work. Manual for the 805 says it is for connecting an external recorder, so I am assuming it's not designed to simply pass through the signal.
3. Using optical outs on the equipment and connecting to the headphones receiver (works with everything except the Xbox 360, where you cannot have HDMI and optical connected at the same time). This works, but has 2 serious inconveniences - 1) Headphones receiver has only one optical input and the way my setup is hooked up, switching is a gigantic pain in the ***; 2) I have to constantly switch the output source (from HDMI to optical) through the menus on the individual equipment. I am not sure I want to spend more money on a optical toslink switch - they tend to be too expensive for the simple functionality they offer.
I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to solve my little predicament. Is there something that can be done without buying more equipment, or at least a solution that won't cost a lot? Am I SOL? If so, are there A/V receivers out there that do offer this kind of passthrough mechanism?