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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.
This switch was a very cost effective solution. It's much larger than I thought it would be but hey it works great.
Suggestions for future design improvements would be find a way to get the selector switch to be on the forward side of the control. Most people have their equipment in a rack or cabinet, and the knob facing up isn't optimal.
On arrival, one of the four ports did not hold the cable well - it wouldn't click in.
Problem: the port was not seated properly in relation to the case by manufacturing (based on other reviews it sounds like this is a common problem)
FIX: remove the four screws on the bottom of the switch and remove the bottom cover. Connect cables so they click in to each port, then reattach the back. The ports will now be seated properly, and you can use your switch as intended.
PROS: These are REALLY GREAT switches at REALLY GREAT LOW PRICE!
CONS: For those who do not under stand how Fiber Optics mechanically mate, once you line up the laid over D (rotated 90 degrees clock wise) male cable connector you insert it into the female receptical and gently apply pressure until you feel it CLICK.
With that in mind, visualize a short male to female cable inside the switch. The female is the common connector of the switch so in order to change the internal male connector to 1,2 or 3 push the slide at the end of the switch lever BEFORE ROTATING THE LEVER then hold the slide and rotate the switch lever to the next position and release the slide and SLIGHTLY move the switch lever back and forth until you hear and feel the internal cable male connector mate with the selected port/connection.
The only improvements I would make would be to add a couple of mounting tabs to secure these in place so you don't have to use both hands to operate it and have more than 3 connections for the common connector to select from. Possible up to 6.
PROS: Works just as promised. Decent quality
CONS: Perhaps color, but that's a matter of taste.
PROS: Works easily with a manual turn of the switch. Provides perfect through put of Dolby 5.1 surround.
CONS: Would give this a 10 if it switched inputs automatically. (An HDMI switch I bought from Monoprice has this feature.)
Internally, the input/output jack needed to be reset, otherwise the toslink cable wouldn't clip in. Once I reset the spring which secures the internal wire to the jack, all was fine.
I'm currently running my cable box and X-Box 360 to my receiver, which has only 1 optical audio input, and now I've got digital audio for both!
Lower marks are given because of the shoddy craftsmanship, otherwise, there's nothing wrong with it.