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S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Splitter
This adapter splits a single S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio signal into two outputs. It allows you to connect a single optical audio source, such as the output of a gaming console or Blu-ray™ player, to two audio devices, such as a television and an AV receiver.
Note that this is a splitter, which repeats the same signal to two outputs. It cannot be used to combine or switch between two inputs. If you need to switch two or three digital optical audio sources into a single output device, consider the 3x1 S/PDIF (Toslink) Digital Optical Audio Bi-Directional Manual Switch (PID 2946).
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I should not that this does not work if both devices are on at the same time, but if one is off it performs as I would hope.
PROS: Very Nice Quality
Very Nice Performance
I tried to use this adapter with a DVD player and a WD TV Live streaming player, and because the WD never turns off its TOSLINK signal, the DVD player's signal can't ever take over and get to the receiver. How to work around this? You could unplug the power or the optical cable from the offending device, or you may be able turn the signal on and off in the device's Settings menu, but you'll have to do it every time you want to switch. No thanks.
So if you want to try this adapter for a 2-sources-to-1-receiver connection, before buying you should should turn each device on, enable its optical connection if not already active, and then power off the device and make sure the red beam at the receiver's end of the optical cable goes out. If this doesn't happen for both devices, the adapter will not work as expected and you'll need the switch (PID 2946) instead, as Monoprice indicates in the description. The reviews for this adapter claiming it could function as an automatic switch between 2 optical sources were the only reason I didn't buy the proper switch myself.
P.S. I rated this product a "5" to help this message stand out. I have no reason to believe it wouldn't deserve a "10" when used as intended.
CONS: no amplifier
didn't work with my sound bar
PROS: Excellent built and small enough to hidden out of site.
PROS: Unpowered device that actually does everything it claims
CONS: Need to be careful plugging it in the first time to get good connection