Dish 811 and optical output (1 Viewer)

Ron2nd2nd

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I have a Sony 5.1 amplifier that has just one optical input, but have 3 devices that I want to hook up to it. The 811,508 and my DVD player. Right now I just have the 811 going to it. Is there a device that I can buy that can take all 3 into 1 withoout much problems or money?

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Martimus

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Ron2nd2nd said:
I have a Sony 5.1 amplifier that has just one optical input, but have 3 devices that I want to hook up to it. The 811,508 and my DVD player. Right now I just have the 811 going to it. Is there a device that I can buy that can take all 3 into 1 withoout much problems or money?

Ron

Radio Shack has a manual switch available that could allow you to switch between 4 toslink inputs. The RS part number is 15-1586 and it costs around $20. If you want to simply combine the three signals onto one cable, this might get a bit more tricky.
 

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I picked up a box from Inday that does 4x1 digital switching, outputing both Toslink and Coaxial, for about $120. It has an IR remote, so it can be controlled by a learning remote. Here's a link to the DA4X-R. It also has coaxial priority on inputs, so you can use it to automatically select between two devices.
 

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Not familiar with devices that switch just optical audio, but haven't been looking for one either. There are several devices that will switch both component/composite video AND analog/digital audio. If you think you might have the need for switching component inputs down the road, it may be worth going with a switch that will do both now rather than buy a separate device later.

You don't mention how you want to activate the switch, whether manually or by remote or automatically, this is going to make a big difference in the cost. A quick google search produced manual switches for around $30.

I bought the Audio Authority 1154 to switch component video (it also switches audio), for about $180 and it works like a champ. If you think you might have a need for component switching later, you might want to take a look at it or comparable products.
 

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Cheap solution = Radio Shack TOSLINK manual switch

"Money no object" solution = buy a newer, better receiver.

Digital audio connections (I prefer optical TOSLINK :music) are by far the best sounding. My Denon receiver has 3 inputs and makes a world of difference over analog.
 

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