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Easiest way to connect 3 or 4 Headphones to Anthem AVM60

Trying to figure out what is the standard way to distribute audio to 3 headphones in a home theater?

I'm using an Anthem AVM60 and it has a headphone pre-amp out. How can I have 3 quality headphones ($400 to $600 each) connected for immersive audio?

AVM60 is in an AV Closet. About 15' from the 4 seats that I would need Headphones.

Most of time we need a headphone is during the week when kids are sleeping and wife and I want to enjoy a movie or two without cranking the sound. Every now and then we need a 3rd headphone for the oldest kid.

Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.
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Maybe from the anthems optical audio out to an optical dac and multi headphone amp, could put an optical splitter in front of the dac to a separate system for bass shakers too. Or separate dacs and amps so each person can have volume control nearby.

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For the immersive part it looks like the anthem has passthrough on the optical port so youd need a device that can accept dolby5.1(ac3), decode, and do the binaural rendering, some devices from creative can do this like the g6. so anthem > g6(input 5.1 dolby digital[via optical/spdif input] output 2.0 binaural stereo pcm[via optical spdif output]) > 1x4 optical splitter > 4x optical dac & headamps

Or get a realiser a16
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Maybe from the anthems optical audio out to an optical dac and multi headphone amp, could put an optical splitter in front of the dac to a separate system for bass shakers too. Or separate dacs and amps so each person can have volume control nearby.

Couple recent similar questions
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https://www.avsforum.com/forum/378-h...l#post58578498
None of those solutions carry the surround sound. The realizer is way more than I need....

Been looking for a while. Tough to believe that there is zero demand in the market for in a nice Home Theater headphone distribution gadget to 3 or 4 headphones that can take an HDMI in and distribute the surround sound to 4 headphones....
I know about the realizer, but for $4k, it makes no sense to me. Besides it only feeds 2 headphones.

All of the Headphone Amplifiers in the mkt are stereo only. Most are used in Studios during tracking and are not that great for high quality audio pass through...
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None of those solutions carry the surround sound.

headphone distribution gadget to 3 or 4 headphones that can take an HDMI in and distribute the surround sound to 4 headphones....
Im not aware of anything aside from the realiser that will provide lossless audio and surround virtualization to multiple headphones over hdmi when not using a pc as a source.

You can get lossy surround virtualization to multiple headphones in the way I described. Anthems optical out > creative g6 > optical splitter > multiple dac/amps

If you want lossless audio you can use a PC. Programs like Out of Your Head and Impulcifier can provide a comparable experience to the Realisers(measured rooms/speakers) at a fraction of the cost.

You can then output the 2.0 binaural stereo signal via optical to the splitter, or use a program like voicemeter to output to multiple usb dacs.

Creative is supposed to be releasing a multi user device vut i dont remember if it has all the hdmi 2.0b passthrough stuff or if its just optical also.
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Also the Japanese version of the Sony HW700DS can drive multiple headphones
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