Optical Audio Through a Switch. Known Problem or Fix?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tazz131, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2011

    I just got my Apple TV today.

    I've got it all hooked up, but one thing is driving me crazy.

    I've got a cheap HTIB with only one optical audio output...
    I've got a Satellite Receiver, an Xbox 360 and my Apple TV hooked up to that receiver using a simple toslink switch (turn the dial to get the required input).

    Everything works but the Apple TV. I have switched inputs, switched cables, and regardless I get audio from every other device, but the Apple TV.

    When I hook the Apple TV directly to my HTIB I get the audio I expect, through my surround sound speakers...But, I get nothing when using the switch.

    I'm on 4.4.3. Is this a known problem?

    Do I need to get a new switch? If so, which would you recommend?

  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    I'm not aware of this being a known issue. The type of switch you are talking about is pretty uncommon and I'm not sure that I even know about a replacement to recommend to you. Most folks have switched to HDMI for their audio. I hate to say this, but I think it might be time for you to look at a new receiver. Some quick shopping on Crutchfield.com and Bestbuy.com shows you can get an entry level Dolby Digital A\V receiver for about $150 and $200 will get you an entry level 3d Blu-Ray capable system with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master to handle the great audio from those. Even if you don't have a bluray player at the moment, it is nice to have support for it when and if the time comes. Plus, these receivers have a selection of digital, component and HDMI audio inputs so you don't have to mess with that switch anymore. It will all work from your remote.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    south dakota
    I had this problem, too

    but then again, I had a really old Phillips receiver that had no digital or optical input. I purchased a switcher box on Amazon that was supposed to convert the Apple TV2's audio to the RCA plugs which seemed to work for the music/movies I had ripped but not for the purchased content. I assume this was due to a different audio codec than the little switcher could interpret. After much troubleshooting, cord changing and headaches, I gave in and got a Sony HD receiver, hooked all my hdmi up with only one hdmi out to the tv and all works great now.

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