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Sky HD 5.1 sound.......help

steve081272

Active Member
I am trying to output DD5.1 from my HD box to my bose surround system. I know there is an optical out I can use, but my bose only has 1 optical in, which is being used by my PS3 for bluray etc. So is there a digital coaxial out from the HD box I can use and will I achieve same sound quality as the optical out?

Thanks in advance
 

steve081272

Active Member
So it looks like i will need to use an optical splitter to feed sky hd and ps3 dd 5.1 to the single optical in on the bose?
Was trying to to find another around this as the optical in on the bose has to be set for a specific component.
Is there another way to get DD 5.1 from the PS3 to the bose?
 

mattclarkie

Distinguished Member
So it looks like i will need to use an optical splitter to feed sky hd and ps3 dd 5.1 to the single optical in on the bose?
Was trying to to find another around this as the optical in on the bose has to be set for a specific component.
Is there another way to get DD 5.1 from the PS3 to the bose?


Using a splitter shouldn't give you any issue. Any amp should be able to determine what is being pumped through it. And you don't need different settings for different sources it is all digital signals sent via light, not much more to it really.
 

hammer man

Well-known Member
Sorry to hijack the thread but this is my exact problem as well. I didn't realize you could get an optical splitter. Is there any reduction in signal with this and where can you get them. Cheers
 

mattclarkie

Distinguished Member
Sorry to hijack the thread but this is my exact problem as well. I didn't realize you could get an optical splitter. Is there any reduction in signal with this and where can you get them. Cheers


No drop in quality.

They come is several varieties.

1. Type is a simple box with several inputs and 1 output, these are generally cheaper to buy

2. Type are general switchers, they may contain scart, component even ethernet connections along with optical. They are often styled to look like a DVD player. These have the advantage of providing more connections.

I have this one, but if you only want 2 into 1 then this will be fine http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=33712&criteria=optical splitter&doy=18m5
 

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richie05

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No drop in quality.

They come is several varieties.

1. Type is a simple box with several inputs and 1 output, these are generally cheaper to buy

2. Type are general switchers, they may contain scart, component even ethernet connections along with optical. They are often styled to look like a DVD player. These have the advantage of providing more connections.

I have this one, but if you only want 2 into 1 then this will be fine http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=33712&criteria=optical splitter&doy=18m5

That's an optical splitter, surly he is looking for an optical combiner??
What kind of weird sound will come out of you amp when to optical sources hit it at the same time???

Richie
 

logiciel

Moderator
That's an optical splitter, surly he is looking for an optical combiner??
What kind of weird sound will come out of you amp when to optical sources hit it at the same time???
They're the same, and they work fine - I have two of them for four sources to two inputs.
If the two sources are (accidentally!) on at the same time you get NO sound.


That's the http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...itter&doy=18m5

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=optical switcher&source=15&SD=Y is good but needs you manually to switch sources.
 

mattclarkie

Distinguished Member
They're the same, and they work fine - I have two of them for four sources to two inputs.
If the two sources are (accidentally!) on at the same time you get NO sound.


That's the http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...itter&doy=18m5

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=optical switcher&source=15&SD=Y is good but needs you manually to switch sources.


So the splitter can just be reversed to be a switcher. That's useful to know. Sometimes the way splitters work means that they only work in one direction so I thought that linking to a switcher was advisable, but accidentally linked to a splitter anyway.
 

logiciel

Moderator
So the splitter can just be reversed to be a switcher.
Yes, those I got do work both ways. I didn't get them from Maplins but they look identical.
 

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