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Aric, Purchased a Hitachi 50RS TV and set it up with a RF

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Hi Aric, Purchased a Hitachi 50RS TV and set it up with a RF headphone set-up and a soundbar hoping to be able to have the headphone (3.5) knock out the TV's speakers which it does but unfortunately it also knocks out the optical cable that runs the sound bar. Is there anyway that the optical can be left on at all times and use the soundbar's on and of to control the room sound?

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.

Unfortunately no, you would not be able to do this, which is simply the design of the tv.
What you can do however is use the optical for both.

What you'd need to do is get an optical splitter:

and to one output you'll connect the soundbar, and to the other you'd connect a digital to analog converter: . This will convert the optical connection to an analog stereo connection (red/white rca ports). To that, you can then connect rca cables to the base unit for your wireless headphone transmitter

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thanks for your input and answer. I might try using a 3.5 mm splitter, although the quality would be lower grade but less expensive. I'll see which way the wife can live with, as I don't watch the thing.

`That could work as well, but you are right the quality would be worse.