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I am so confused about splitting optical audio from TV to two sets of speakers

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:35 AM   #1  
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Unhappy I am so confused about splitting optical audio from TV to two sets of speakers

I have a sharp aquos tv with 1 optical out. I have used a 6' toslink cable that came with LG sound bar from tv to splitter, then 1 toslink cable from splitter to the sound bar above TV and another from splitter to sound bar in sunroom. The sound bar above tv works fine, but the sound bar in sunroom doesn't work at all if attached to splitter. Is there another way to have both sound bars working at the same time? Am I missing a piece of hardware somewhere along the line??
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How long is your optical fiber going to the sun room? It could well be that after the split (which reduces the optical signal strength) a long fiber to the sun room is reducing the signal to a level where it just won't work (or it could be that that fiber has a problem).

It could also be a problem with your splitter (the output to the sun room is deficient). First, try swapping the two output cables and see if the problem moves to the opposite sound bar - if it does the splitter output to the bad sound bar has a problem (time for a new splitter).

If that makes no difference, try swapping the two soundbars to see if the problem follows one of them? If it doesn't, it's very likely a fiber problem. If it follows the sound bar, then it could be a weak receiver in the bad sound bar - you still need a better splitter (a powered splitter is recommended) that will provide a stronger signal.

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those lines are easy to snap also, it is glass. If you wind them too tight they go also.
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Thanks! If I plug them in one at a time to TV they work fine individually, it is only with the splitter that the one in sunroom doesn't work. I have tried switching which side of the splitter I plug in to and that doesn't make any difference. The cable length to sunroom is 25'. I thought optical didn't have that much degradation over distance.. I will try your provided link - we really want this to work and if we need a "booster" than that is what we will do. Thanks again for the quick response.
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Thanks! If I plug them in one at a time to TV they work fine individually, it is only with the splitter that the one in sunroom doesn't work. I have tried switching which side of the splitter I plug in to and that doesn't make any difference. The cable length to sunroom is 25'. I thought optical didn't have that much degradation over distance.. I will try your provided link - we really want this to work and if we need a "booster" than that is what we will do. Thanks again for the quick response.
If you buy from monoprice their customer service is very helpful just describe what you are trying to do and they will advise of what you need.
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If you buy from monoprice their customer service is very helpful just describe what you are trying to do and they will advise of what you need.
Monoprice only has one optical splitter and it isn't powered so I doubt that it will do much good if signal strength issues are involved.

It sound's like that's the case from the OP's last post.
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