3x1 S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Bi-Directional Manual Switch
    Product # 2946
    3x1 S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Bi-Directional Manual Switch
    Product # 2946
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    3x1 S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Bi-Directional Manual Switch

    This manual S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Switch is a bi-directional device, allowing you to switch either three inputs into a single output or a single input into three outputs. It provides full optical clarity and therefore will not degrade or attenuate the optical signal in any way.

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    421 Reviews

    72.14% of the reviewers recommend this product


    Jury is still out on whether this device works properly

    • Chris,
    •  Phoenix, AZ 
    • 9/15/2016 7:46:16 AM

    Pros: Super cheap
    Does what it is supposed to do, pretty much (see cons).

    Cons: Super cheap.
    COULD be causing channels to drop out of the surround sound system, or at least be making the problems worse.
    Manual operation is a pain, why can't we have a remote controlled switch like your HDMI switches?
    Connection points are weak and actuating the switch can cause toslink cables to disconnect.
    It's ugly as can be (purple and grey, really?).
    Looks like a cheap toy my kids left sitting on top of my components (can't be hidden away if you want to access the switch).

    I had this device with two toslink inputs into one output running into my amplifier for a a few years, with the worst issue being the inconvenience of manually switching the inputs when I needed to. Then the toslink connecting starting falling out of the switch whenever I touched it. Also, I started to have channels drop in and out of the 5.1 system, and after researching the subject concluded that the receiver is going bad. However, I disconnected the switch after I moved and did not have the issue re-occur until I hooked the toslink switch back into the system. So I replaced the switch with a new one, and still had the same issue. I disconnected it and have not been having as many issues with channels dropping out. I'm still not sure if this switch is causing the problems, but connecting it to the system sure seems to make it worse. I haven't tried replacing the toslink cables so I'm not totally sure if it's the switch or not. Either way, this is a very cheap switch and if a more reliable switch was available that was a reasonable price I'd probably buy that one over this one.

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    Works (sometimes) if you fuss with it enough

    • mhilden,
    •  Robbinsdale, MN 
    • 9/8/2016 7:26:34 PM

    Pros: Optical couplers hold the cables properly

    Cons: Crappy plastic design that does not switch easily
    Optics don't always line up so it doesn't pass the signal without fiddling

    The pushbutton and the dial do move, but it doesn't always line up optically so you need to fiddle with it each time you move it.
    The pushable "lock" gets jammed easily and the switch would probably be a lot better without it. I agree that this part of the design is poor. As long as you don't want to switch it very often and you can tolerate fiddling with it until you hear audio it might do the job for you.

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    Toslink 3-way switch

    • oliverd3,
    •  Daytona Beach, FL 
    • 4/30/2016 1:30:19 PM

    Pros: Mone

    Cons: No instructions.

    This switch came with absolutely no instructions whatsoever. I could not get it to work. Instructions may have helped and may not have. Hard to tell. All in all it seemed like a piece of junk. Nothing should be sold without instructions.

    by Monoprice Administrator

    Thank you for your review. This item can be changed by using the manual switch and selecting the appropriate output on the item. I hope this helps, thank you!

    John Lingo
    Tech Support
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    terrible product - bad design

    • Bill C,
    •  Vero Beach, FL 
    • 4/3/2016 2:43:59 PM

    Pros: none

    Cons: design and manufacture

    product didn't work out of the box- dial will not rotate- worthless

    by Monoprice Administrator
    Hello Bill,

    Thank you for your feedback and my apologies for the delayed response. In order to rotate the dial, you will need to depress the release button. There is a plunger style button on the end of the bar on the dial of the switch. Please try pressing the button and turning the dial until it clicks into the desired position. Sorry again for the trouble and I hope this helps!

    Gabby V.
    Product Reviews

    by Bill C
    After 3 or 4 tries dial worked - push button may have been jammed

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    Working fine - treating it with loving care.

    • kestral55,
    •  South Jordan, UT 
    • 2/10/2016 1:55:37 PM

    Pros: Very low cost for what it does.
    3 in and 1 out or 1 in 3 out. Just a mechanical switch.
    Cables fit tight and secure

    Cons: Plastics constriction.
    Possible easy to damage if handled wrecklessly

    This product had some bad reviews on construction quality. For the price, I thought "why not give it a try". I purchased it to use as a 3 in 1 out for my Resound "TV Streamer" hearing aid accessory. I think I would have preferred paying a little more for a sturdier product, however, I have not had any problems with this unit. Given the previous reviews, I operate this unit more cautiously than I would have otherwise. It is plastics construction, but seems to operate without problems, Be sure to engage the spring loaded lock before trying to turn. Wait for the 'detent' and release.. Simple as that. I don't know why this won't last a very long time.

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