Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
As long as you have an optical input, you can also pass the audio via optical output as well has have audio via the surround speakers.
Thank you for the knowledge. Maybe you, or anyone, can help me some more. I am the leading edge of the "baby boomers" and have the inevitable hearing problems, mostly understanding dialog. 95% of my media viewing comes from my PC(MCE) through a Denon 2308Ci to TV. Headphones pretty much eliminate my problems but others do not need them or the distraction of captions /subtitles. The ideal solution would be for the headphone jack on the Denon NOT to turn off the speakers. The optical out could solve the problem but I hate to spend $2/300 on good headphones when sound quality is not an issue here. The majority of my use would be for news, documentaries, sitcoms, etc. I would rather put that much toward a new AVR that would output all digital/analog to headphones and leave speakers on. The optical out can work but I would like a really cheap no frills digital to analog converter because I already have 3 decent analog headphones and in wall cable to my listening position.
I am sure I am not the only one at or near this stage of life with the same problem. @akajaga
- What Sony headphones do you have?