Sep 12, 2018

Can I split my toslink optical from my TV and run a sounbar and my surround system at the same time? I've seen toslink splitters on Amazon

Can I split my toslink optical from my TV and run a sounbar and my surround sound system at the same time? I've seen toslink splitters on Amazon
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TinEars
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It is possible, but what is the use case? Why would you want to use a sound bar if you already have surround sound?
Surround sound by definition has specific channel assignments for speaker locations (i.e., left, center, right, etc). If you're splitting a digitally encoded signal, you're going to be sending the same signal to 2 locations (i.e., Left1 & Left2, Center1 & Center2, etc). Unless you have a way to adjust time alignment from speaker to speaker via DSP or some type of signal processing, you'd literally be defeating the purpose of multi-channel surround encoding. Unless you're the type of person that likes 5.1 Ch Stereo, in which case disregard my post entirely. ;)
vegas_berto
I fully understand that but I just thought it might be interesting to try it. It might sound really good. Use it almost like a bigger center channel speaker. I was just wondering if it could be done.
Huh I had never even thought about this so I looked into it a bit. Seems like the consensus is yes this works, but make sure the splitter is a powered unit. I guess passive ones have issues with this sort of setup.
Though I would be interested to see if anyone has done this before.
AlexPk
Thanks for your effort. What is a powered optical unit. What is the difference? I have seen optical splitters on Amazon