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Wireless/Wired Broadcast/Splitter to Multiple Wired Headphones?

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I recently got a Roku 3 and absolutely love the wireless audio-broadcast to the controller and have been looking for something with relatively similar technology that's flexible enough to work with multiple headphones (one broadcast, multiple receivers); does something like this exist, or should I look for a good audio-splitter? I currently have an HTPC, Roku 3, Bluray-player and dvr/cable-box connected to a TV via HDMI cables; the tv-audio then routes to a Pioneer VSX-D498 receiver with subwoofer/speakers.

 

My aim is to have some sort of wireless-broadcast device that can take the audio-out from the tv (or VSX-D498) and send it to any/all wired-headphones that have corresponding wireless/audio-receiver dongles/devices (bring-your-own headphones). I've played around with a cross-platform program called Soundwire that broadcasts the HTPC-audio over WiFi to any phone/tablet with the SoundWire app/client installed and running while on the same network, but it tends to have slightly more latency than the Roku-controller, and the HTPC audio-feed doesn't currently include the bluray-player, cable-box, or Roku 3.

 

If this isn't easily possible, I would definitely settle for a good powered audio-splitter (or similar tech) that can maintain the original audio-feed and max/sound-levels to each pair of headphones (preferably with individual volume controls for each pair of headphones) preferably in a form-factor that isn't prone to headphone-cable tangle/mess if 2-5 people have headphones plugged in while sitting on a couch. Suffice to say, there are competing/fluctuating interests/preferences between people who occasionally/often want a silent environment and people who occasionally/often want to watch movies/shows; only rarely/occasionally does everyone (8 people) want to watch something together with speakers. Thank you in advance for any recommendations.

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The closest thing I've found so far that looks very similar to what I was envisioning for wireless audio-broadcast to multiple receivers/devices with headphone-jacks (albeit missing volume-control options) is the Hamilton ALS600; but I suspect the hardware/tech it uses is terrible. Ideally I'd want something like the FiiO W1 but instead of broadcasting to one medium device in another room, I'd want it to be broadcasting to multiple relatively small wireless devices in the same room (bonus if they are DAC/Amp devices) if that's even possible. I suspect I'm living in a fantasy, so I might settle for a wired-solution with one or two PreSonus HP4 Headphone Distribution Systems; or similar tech. A few more with similar form-factors that I was looking at are the Samson S-amp, SM Pro Q-Amp, and Whirlwind HATT4. Are these kinds of devices overkill for a Home-Theater setup? I'd greatly appreciate any help, comments, suggestions, recommendations or preferences to influence my decision-making process; I'm quite ignorant when it comes to audio technology.


Edited by scully - 12/19/13 at 11:13am
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