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Digital audio selector advice

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by seth_petry_john, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. seth_petry_john

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    Can anyone recommend a good digitial audio selector? You know the story: I have more sources with digitial audio out than I have inputs on my receiver. My receiver has one Toslink and one coax connection for digital audio. My DVD player uses the coax, and everything else that I want to hook up uses Toslink so I only NEED an optical audio switch.

    I want something that I can integrate with the macros on my home theater remote so I need discrete remote codes for each input.

    I'm worried about signal quality: do selectors like this affect the audio qualify in any perceptible way?

    I've done some research and found some unit that do what I want. Does anyone have any experience with these models? Any advice?

    Inday DA4X-R - $119
    inday.com/da4x/da4x.htm

    Radio Shack 15-1987 - $99.99
    radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=15%2D1987

    Audio Authority AA1177 - $119.99
    digitalconnection.com/products/audio/aa1177.asp

    Cables to Go 3/1 Switch - $79.99
    tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?sku=C184%2D28731

    As much as I'd like something like the Zektor component video/audio switch, that's a little out of my budget at this time.

    Thanks in advance,
    Seth
     
  2. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

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    Seth, I've had an Audio Authority switcher for about 4 years problem-free. About the same time, I also got an MSB Digital Director. It turned out to be a bust. After about a year, it started having random dropouts. It's been on the shelf gathering dust and the little plastic AA switcher plugs on. The AA swicher with it's auto-selection (over-rideable) would function simply and well with your macro commands since the turning on of a connected source will turn on the unit and effect a switch. This without a command directly to the switcher itself. Best wishes!
     
  3. peter m. wilson

    peter m. wilson Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,
    Get the cheapest one that can be returned if you don't likeit.

    These things are pretty simple and either work or they don't.

    Peter m.
     

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