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Hi, I'd like to connect my receiver via ARC from my TV's ARC, and at the same time connect either optical audio out or headphone jack (3.5mm) to my headphone receiver. I was wondering if there was any adapter to do this. (I would like both the arc and optical/headphone audio out to work simultaneously, also still having the CEC with the ARC) Something like this, HDMI Audio Extractor. But I'd like the HDMI to output both sound, not video, and the optical audio/headphone jack to output sound as well "simultaneously" I don't think an audio extractor will work in my case, are there any alternatives? Thanks :)
 

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Most TVs have an optical output. Both it and ARC should work at the same time. I’ve never tried it though.
 

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I doubt there is anything out there that will do that since there would have to be some sort of passover from ARC to optical or vice versa. ARC is part of the HDMI spec and optical is a legacy specification. I don't see any manufacturer seeing a big enough market to bother making a device like that, even if they could.
 

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I found an article that may be able to answer your question. Yo may be able to use an audio extractor to do what you want. See the link:


Edit: The View HD prosumer audio extractor might have the capability to do what you want.
There is a link to reviews of several extractors in the article above.
 
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Audio extractors don’t work with ARC. To do what you want you need to extract audio from ARC, not just hdmi. I don’t believe anything does that.
 

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The review of the View HD prosumer extractor says that the HDMI and TOSLINK outputs support ARC. Not sure how TOSLINK would support it as I always thought ARC was an HDMI spec only.
 

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What I'm saying is that while they might be "compatible" with ARC, I don't believe any of them can extract ARC audio. They can only extract the regular hdmi audio. It might have changed, but this has been explored before and determined that nothing could do it.
 

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Most TVs have an optical output. Both it and ARC should work at the same time. I’ve never tried it though.
Not always. On Vizio sound bars, plugging in toslink disables the ARC function.
 

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