DAC with 2 Optical Inputs and a Switch to Toggle Between Them
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nasryus

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Hi,
 
I'm looking for a DAC with the specific requirements above: has 2 optical ins and a switch to toggle between them (the 2 sound sources).
 
I have a pair of speakers I wanna use for both my PS4 and PC, both of which have only optical outs, and no coaxial. The PC does have that 3.5mm green audio out though.
 
Problem is, I can't find a DAC with 2 optical ins. Many DACs have 2 inputs: 1 coaxial and 1 optical.
 
So, does it exist? I hope it's cheap.
 
Thanks!
 
Jun 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM Post #2 of 6

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Since you don't want to commit any serious money for the function on a dac, I'll suggest you look at one of the mechanical switches for Toslink.  These will accept 2 or 3 inputs and usually have a rotational knob.  This basically connects the output "tube" to one of the inputs.  They're pretty cheap and then you can select whatever 1 input dac you want.  Do a search on Toslink switches and I'm sure one of these mechanical switches will pop up.
 
Jun 21, 2015 at 4:09 PM Post #3 of 6

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  Since you don't want to commit any serious money for the function on a dac, I'll suggest you look at one of the mechanical switches for Toslink.  These will accept 2 or 3 inputs and usually have a rotational knob.  This basically connects the output "tube" to one of the inputs.  They're pretty cheap and then you can select whatever 1 input dac you want.  Do a search on Toslink switches and I'm sure one of these mechanical switches will pop up.

 
Thanks. I actually just placed an order last night for these:
 
2 TOSLINK cables: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LJQMZC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
A DAC with 5.1 decoder (don't even know if I need the '5.1 decoder' part. Bought it just in case): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ANIIY9I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
A 3-to-1 Optical audio switcher: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S4LH0X2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
 
I hope it works out. But if you have a better idea, I can still cancel the order. It's not shipped yet
 
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  I'm looking for a DAC with the specific requirements above: has 2 optical ins and a switch to toggle between them (the 2 sound sources).
I have a pair of speakers I wanna use for both my PS4 and PC, both of which have only optical outs, and no coaxial. The PC does have that 3.5mm green audio out though.
Problem is, I can't find a DAC with 2 optical ins. Many DACs have 2 inputs: 1 coaxial and 1 optical.
So, does it exist? I hope it's cheap.

 
The Rosewill RC-702 PC  sound card comes with a coaxial output and you should be able to find one for under $20.
But I guess you went for the optical switch box.
 
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Thanks. I actually just placed an order last night for these:
 
2 TOSLINK cables: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LJQMZC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
A DAC with 5.1 decoder (don't even know if I need the '5.1 decoder' part. Bought it just in case): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ANIIY9I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
A 3-to-1 Optical audio switcher: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S4LH0X2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
 
I hope it works out. But if you have a better idea, I can still cancel the order. It's not shipped yet


I don't know anything about the dac you ordered, but that's the type of toslink switch I was talking about.  I'm sure it all will work and only you can decide how it sounds to you.
Good  luck
 

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