Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan
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Alright buddy, Today is your lucky day. I just thought through this as a theoretical for a different family member, they decided to just stop watching tv instead though.
Forget your hdmi splitters and audio strippers and all that. You're just asking for HDCP headaches. Sure they might work at first but a firmware update later to something and there goes the signal because there's a new HDCP scheme.
Instead, run the hdmi from the blu-ray/xbox/cablebox/whatever to the receiver as normal. Then wire speakers as normal and hdmi to your tv. Now, what you want, is a receiver that has "Zone 2" or "multizone". Bam, there's your magic sauce. Take the zone 2 pre-outs and run those to any eq device you desire and you can tune as you see fit to boost dialogue. From that just run to any wireless headphones for TV. Most all of them take a Left+Right signal and stream wireless to headphones with their own volume control.
I'd look at a basic minidsp 2x4, but any EQ unit should work. Heck, you might not even need the external unit, some receivers have tone controls for Zone 2 built in though I don't know how fleshed out those are.
And there you have it. You keep your surround sound, no need for a finnicky bluetooth dongle as there's loads of quality options for wireless headphones, no HDCP headaches, separate volume for the wife. Checks all your boxes.