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Sam Caino
A Home Theater Question
on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:56:19 pm

Hello Audio Professionals,

My HDTV audio is Optical Out and my DVD/Surround Sound system is Digital Coax In. Would using the Optical to Coax converter linked below retain the quality of the 5.1 sound?
CONVERTER LINK

Second question, would using a Coax Y splitter cable to send 2 Coax Digital sources to the same input degrade the sound at all? The two sources (the TV and a separate blu-ray player) would only be used one at a time.
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Jordan Wolf
Re: A Home Theater Question
on Feb 3, 2011 at 9:40:21 pm

It's called a splitter cable for a reason. I wouldn't suggest having to separate pieces of gear tied to the same input without some form of resistive summing.

Wolf
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Sam Caino
Re: A Home Theater Question
on Feb 4, 2011 at 4:51:24 pm

Hi Jordon - Thank you for your reply.

Can you explain resistive summing a little further? I didn't have much luck googling it.

Perhaps you can even link me to a unit that would be appropriate for a digital coax y splitter?



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Jordan Wolf
Re: A Home Theater Question
on Feb 4, 2011 at 6:11:22 pm

I'm pretty sure that if you're only going to use one device at a time, you'll be okay. If you try to use them both at the same time, they'll step on each other. An RCA wye cable (as short as effectively possible) should do you fine.

My only concern is that since digital interfaces like matched impedances (75 Ohms for S/PDIF), they could fight each other. I deal mostly with analog audio, though, where the input impedance is usually 10x higher than the source impedance, and this would be a problem there.

I say try the wye as a combiner and see if there's any problem. You're only dealing with 1's and 0's, so there shouldn't be any electrical problems between units...you'll either get good signal or you won't.

Wolf
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