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Old 11-12-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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I have one optical cable running from my stereo receiver. I need to split it to go to my directv receiver and my blue ray player. It's about a 15 ' cable. It's in a location where I can't run another cable. I have tried a digital optical toslink splitter adapter and a 3X1 optical audio toslink bi-directional manual switch. I get no sound from either one. Is their another type of device or solution?
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I have one optical cable running from my stereo receiver. I need to split it to go to my directv receiver and my blue ray player. It's about a 15 ' cable. It's in a location where I can't run another cable. I have tried a digital optical toslink splitter adapter and a 3X1 optical audio toslink bi-directional manual switch. I get no sound from either one. Is their another type of device or solution?

Not sure why the switch wold not work. Perhaps the 15' run + the switch causes signal loss and dropouts.. Trymoving the components close to the receiver and go with a 3 or 6 ft cable. Other option is if your receiver has a digital coax. You can get a converter like this to use for your other device. I used 1 on my old receiver and it worked flawlessly and is only $12..

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I agree that the devices already tried should work. Perhaps you don't have them hooked up right? You mention the cable going from the receiver to the other stuff. But the signal travels the other direction, so make sure you are hooking up the input and output correctly. If you have it backwards, you will get no sound. Also, the optical splitters need power, so make sure they are plugged in.
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The splitter does not require power. If I plug the optical cable into the directv dvr it works fine. If I take it out and plug into the blue ray it works fine. I wonder if the cable is to long once I connect the splitter and an additional 3' cable? Is their any other device that would work?
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The splitter does not require power. If I plug the optical cable into the directv dvr it works fine. If I take it out and plug into the blue ray it works fine. I wonder if the cable is to long once I connect the splitter and an additional 3' cable? Is their any other device that would work?
I still think you have an input/out problem going on. The first device you mention, the DIGITAL OPTICAL TOSLINK SPLITTER ADAPTER, will not work for what you are doing. It is used to take one source, and send it to two receivers. What you want to do is take two sources and send it to one receiver. The sources in your case are the directtv receiver and the blu ray player. The receiver in your case is the receiver.

The second item, the 3X1 Optical Audio Toslink Bi-Directional Manual Switch, should work, since it is bi directional. The optical cable should go from the direct tv receiver (the output jack if there is one) to the switch (eithr the 1, 2, or 3 jack). Another optical cable should go from the blu-ray player to the switch (again, either the 1, 2, or 3 jack). Finally, the third optical cable should go from the single jack (not 1, 2, or 3) to the receiver (again, make sure it is now in an input optical jack, if there is one).
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I attached it just like you said. I guess it could be a bad switch or the two 3' optical cables I'm using. May be it's the additional length when I add the switch and 3'.
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