Digital Coaxial Question

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  1. ChrisMatchem

    ChrisMatchem Auditioning

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    This may sound dumb but im desperate to find a solution to this

    My receiver has room for only one Digital Coaxial cable
    Right now I only need one going to my DVD player
    Im actually using a standard video cable as the digi-coax and the 5.1 signal shows up and the sound is still very high quality so im not complaining

    My question is this
    Is there some sort of splitter I could use with digi-coax to use 2 cables running into the same input
    Like just one cable going into the receiver, then a splitter with 2 cables, one going to DVD, other going to Digital Cable
    Even if its not ACTUAL Digital cables im using, as long as I can get the sound quality imgetting now from my DVD player

    I hope someone understands what im talking about

    Thanks
     
  2. Chu Gai

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    There was a nice long and informative thread on video switching that may have some relevant information for you.
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=110726
    Some of the products that were mentioned did more than just video.

    Also, PartsExpress sells a variety of products like optical splitters as does Radio Shack. If you can better formulate what it is that you want to do, then maybe someone has knowledge of a specific product that can meet your needs.
     
  3. Bob McElfresh

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    You really dont want to use just a "Y" splitter. The coaxial-digital connection wants a 75 ohm cable and the "Y" adaptors are not typically 75 ohms.

    Get a video switch-box. Use one of these to toggle between the various inputs. Video cables & connections should all be 75 ohms. (This is why Chu recommended a Video thread to your request for a problem with coaxial-digital cables.)
     
  4. Chu Gai

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    That was a real good thread you had there Bob.
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

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    Thanks. I saw too many people considering trading in some very good receivers just because they ran out of component connections. (That's why the thread is in the "Receivers" section.) $150 for a switcher seems expensive, until you realize the cheapest HD capable receiver with 3 inputs runs about $2,300. Not only did that thread help people, but I learned a lot as well.

    Chris: did you get your answer?
     
  6. ChrisMatchem

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    Yes, I did get my answer
    Im researching various products now
    You said I need 75 ohm, i found a splitter that claims to have 75 ohm

    Will that work?
    Isn't that coaxil for TV cable?

    A video switch-box will let me use digital coaxial for audio?

    im still a little foggy
     
  7. Chu Gai

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    why not post a link? you got a budget on this?
     
  8. ChrisMatchem

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    Yea, i tried to post a link the first time, but it said i have to post 15 messages first
     
  9. Chu Gai

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    well you could write h++p instead of http.
     
  10. Bob McElfresh

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  11. ChrisMatchem

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    edit
     
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  13. Richard Burzynski

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    Chris:

    I purchased all metal (right angle) rca cable splitters from partsexpress.com. I believe they cost about $3 each. I use one to connect 2 DVD players to my receiver's single coax digital audio dvd input, and I use the other on one of my TV's video inputs, for 2 different video sources.

    Both work 100% fine.

    Rich B.
     

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