split optical audio output or split converted analog output

Jan 8, 2019
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I have a new samsung tv that only has one optical audio output. I want to hear sound through a visio sound bar ( that can accept optical or analog input) and my wireless headphones ( only have rca or headphone jack input) at the same time. Is it better to split the optical and then connect one optical output directly to the sound bar while converting the other optical outlet to a rca jack output OR should I run the optical output from the tv to an analog converter which then has both a rca jack output for the soundbar and a headphone jack for the headphones. Seems splitting the optical would give better sound to the soundbar ???
 
It depends on the soundbar whether or not which one you split will make a difference. A simple solution is this.
http://www.avantree.com/long-range-bluetooth-transmitter-and-receiver-avantree-oasis-plus.html
They don't say that it can accept a 5.1 bitstream input so that might compromise the soundbar if it actually has more than two channels.
If it does then the best way to do this is to split the optical audio output. Connect a 5.1 compatible DAC to one output for BT and the soundbar to the other. Set the TV to bitstream.
 
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