How Can I Connect Two Optical Audio Devices to One Input?

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How Can I Connect Two Optical Audio Devices to One Input?
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Optical audio connections (sometimes referred to as digital or TOSLINK audio connections) are high-definition circuits that provide much greater bandwidth than RCA or DVI connections. Many high-end computers, DVD players and televisions come with an optical audio connection, and you can connect more than one device to a receiver or even to another PC. Because most TOSLINK-enabled computers or receivers only come with one digital audio port, you need a special "Y" adaptor if you want to connect two devices to a single source.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • TOSLINK/Digital Audio "Y" splitter adaptor
  • Three TOSLINK cables
  • Receiver or computer with digital audio input port
  • Two source devices with Toslink output ports

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  1. 1

    Turn off the devices that you will be connecting with the TOSLINK/Digital Audio cables.

  2. 2

    Remove the TOSLINK cap cover on the digital audio port of the receiver or computer. Connect one of the TOSLINK cables into the port, then connect the other end into the side of the splitter adaptor with a single connector.

  3. 3

    Plug the other two TOSLINK cables into the other side of the splitter adaptor. Plug the ends of the two TOSLINK cables into the two source devices.

  4. 4

    Turn on all of the devices. Test the connections to see if you can play audio from each source device through the computer or receiver.

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