If every one of your digital inputs is already used it's a little trickier but bear in mind that if by chance you do have an unused input thats simply not the right format.. for example an unused coaxial input, but what you need to input is optical (or vice versa), there are converters for about 35.00
I have a simple Radio Shack TOS-link switch, four into one if I recall. Cost maybe 20 bucks. Pretty hard to buise an optical signal ;-) . Works fine with two AC3 outputs into an integrated amp with a single optical input.
AudioAuthority makes a small switcher with auto signal detection or manual switching. It takes in four optical or coax signals and simultaneously outputs both optical and coax - doing the conversions as well.
What happens if it detects two inputs? I just got a 501 to use along side my 6000, both have optical out and my DVD is using the coax. I want to switch back in forth between the STB's without shuting one off. Will I have to use it as a manual switch since they both are sending out a signal? I can't think of any other way to do it, unless there is a switch that works with remote control.
The way the auto part works is that there is priority of which input is connected...in order of 1,2,3 and 4. So you have to use a little planning as far as which equipment is hooked to what input.
Just by pressing a button selects the input with an LED changing from Red to Green to show that it is connected.
There is no remote control with it. There are other units that are more complicated and with more inputs. There is a company called MSB Technologies that makes/made a unit called the Digital Director that in essense did the same thing only with I believe 6 inputs and cost about $300.
Lee - I just got my Audio Authority # 1177 in the mail today, and read one of your earlier posts where you mentioned a flaw in that the 1177 picks up a signal from a DTC-100 even when the DTC-100 is turned off (maybe this is more of a flaw in the DTC). Did that turn out not to be a problem, or did you find a way to work around it? If not, I'm bumming. Thanks, -Rick
Assume I have already bought the Audio Authority # 1177 and that I had reasons for wanting this one to work. An earlier post mentioned a flaw in that the 1177 picks up a signal from a DTC-100 even when the DTC-100 is turned off (maybe this is more of a flaw in the DTC). Did that turn out not to be a problem, was there a way to work around it? Thanks, -Rick
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